It seems fitting that Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has been showing up, unannounced, at Brandi Carlile shows lately. Those Pearl Jam boys are, of course, the reigning kings of Seattle rock, and more and more it seems that Maple Valley's Carlile – the main attraction on Dec. at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St., S.E., Olympia - has joined the royal club. She has been on a roll since 2005, the year Columbia Records issued her self-titled debut and Rolling Stone hyped her on the magazine's list of “10 artists to watch.” Since then, she and twin collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth have served as “Gray's Anatomy” house band (having had several cuts aired on that show); collaborated with the likes of Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and Kris Kristofferson; and released a string of critically acclaimed albums that showcase her dynamically expressive voice, including this year's “Bear Creek.”
Saturday's Christmas show follows a recent string of performances at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony (which included one of those McCready sightings.) According to the Washington Center web site, Carlile and the Hanseroth brothers will play as an acoustic trio with some accompaniment on cello. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $45; (360) 753-8585 or http://www.washingtoncenter.org for further details.
Ernest A. Jasmin, Tacoma Weekly