Brandi Carlile at the All-New Verizon Event Center in Mankato, MN on Friday, September 2nd

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For people living in Mankato, MN, the Verizon Event Center project has been a fixture in the downtown area for quite some time.  The time has now come to showcase the new building.  The grand opening is September 1st and the very next day will be the first show!  Click HERE to learn more about the Grand Opening Event.

Brandi Carlile will be the first show to break in this new event center.  Since her heralded, genre-defying 2005 Columbia debut, Carlile and her indispensable collaborators, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, (aka The Twins), have always offered listeners both control and abandon, often within a single song. The most well-known Brandi Carlile tunes, 2007’s “The Story” and 2012’s “That Wasn’t Me,” are dynamic journeys in themselves, encompassing myriad emotions and varied stylistic touches; “The Story” morphs from understated balladry to epic stadium rock, while “That Wasn’t Me” effortlessly straddles country soul and pop gospel. Infused with Carlile’s clarion voice, The Twins’ tight sibling harmonies, and stellar musicianship from everyone, it all simply sounds like Brandi Carlile. Carlile’s most recent work, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, is a full-on Carlile/Twins co-production, cut live in Seattle’s Bear Creek Studio; a project that was intent on capturing the elusive essence of a song’s spirit, with the album being tracked live, with little or no rehearsal.

Brandi Carlile

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Joining Brandi Carlile will be The Cactus Blossoms.  Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene. Their latest album, Live at the Turf Club, blurs the line between old and new as they sneak a few originals into their repertoire of early country and Western swing.

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Finally, opening up the show will be The Last Revel.  From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.  With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.

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Verizon Event Center/Verizon Wireless Center

1 Civic Center Plz

Mankato, MN  56001

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Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Doors at 6:00 pm | Show at 7:00 pm

Get tickets HERE

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