Maple Valley singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is asking fans to bring toys to her shows this weekend, which include stops at Olympia's Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Bellingham's Mount Baker Theatre on Sunday. Volunteers will be on hand to collect toys that are unwrapped and still in the manufacturers' packaging for donation to the Salvation Army, the Country Doctor, Women & Children's Domestic Violence Shelter, Lydia House and Project Santa.
Everyone who donates will receive a special gift, Carlile promises on her web site. She gives the hint “1984.” A bootleg CD of her covering Van Halen, maybe? Hey, she could pull it off based on this clip or Carlile with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready from one of her recent Seattle Symphony shows.