Frederik Meijer Gardens
June 27, 7 p.m.
Member $43, non-member $45
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580
Some fun facts about Brandi Carlile: She has The Neverending Story tattoos on her shoulders, she was a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator, her latest album is named after Bear Creek studio. Lastly, homegirl can belt a tune. Her albums don't do her justice either. She is one artist that can't be harnessed within a recording studio, because given the right venue, acoustics and herbal tea, Carlile takes an average set list and turns it into something close to a religious experience. With her voice as her weapon, sometimes the best moments are sans-instruments, with Carlile belting it out into the hushed amphitheater and proving that yes, sometimes less is more (regardless what those annoying AT&T TV commercials keep trying to tell us). So come to Frederik Meijer Gardens this month and prepare to be one of the few-hundred new converts to the Church of Carlile.