Watch Brandi Carlile & Rufus Wainwright Duet On ‘Hallelujah’ At Inaugural Out & About Festival

The pair also shared vocal duties on Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” at Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Saturday.

By Scott Bernstein Jun 26, 2023 1:50 pm PDT

Brandi Carlile headlined both nights of the first-ever Out & About Festival at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia on Saturday and Sunday. Carlile brought out a number of the fellow artists on the lineup over the weekend, including Rufus Wainwright on Saturday for covers of Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

The Out & About Festival featured LGBTQ+ artists and allies performing during Pride Month. Sets took place at both the Filene Center and Meadow Stage facilities within the nation’s lone National Park for the Performing Arts.

On Saturday Bad Moves and Jake Wesley Rogers took the Meadow Stage before Wainwright, Yola and Carlile each performed sets at Filene Center. Brandi treated attendees to 19 songs for her first of two Out & About concerts.

The singer-songwriter and her band mixed “Stay Gentle” from 2021’s In These Silent Days with the fitting “Over The Rainbow” to get Saturday’s set underway. Rufus Wainwright was Brandi’s first guest as he emerged after the eighth song of the set. “Every time he asks I come running and every time I ask he comes running,” Carlile told the crowd of her relationship with Wainwright. “You bet. Wouldn’t miss this,” Wainwright added.

Carlile and Wainwright shared vocal duties on the aforementioned “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” and “Hallelujah” covers. Brandi noted Rufus “Motherfucking” Wainwright’s cover of “Hallelujah” was one of her three favorites of the song along with versions by K.D. Lang and Jeff Buckley.

Watch fan-shot video of both Rufus Wainwright and Brandi Carlile duets below:

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Brandi Carlile (See 149 videos) and Rufus Wainwright (See 13 videos)

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Brandi Carlile (See 149 videos) and Rufus Wainwright (See 13 videos)

Brandi Carlile went on to end her main sets with In These Silent Days cuts “Right On Time” and “Sinners, Saints and Fools” fit between classics “The Story” and “The Joke.” Carlile returned with Jake Wesley Rogers in tow to start her encore by covering Elton John’s “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)” for the first time in 2023. Yola then joined Brandi for “The Best” in honor of the late Tina Turner.

Carlile left the stage after leading her band through recently debuted takes on Wings’ “Live And Let Die” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions.” However, Brandi came back upon realizing she still had time before the curfew to perform By The Way, I Forgive You standout “Hold Out Your Hand” as a second encore.

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Brandi Carlile at Filene Center at Wolf Trap

  • Stay Gentle / Over the Rainbow
  • Broken Horses
  • You and Me on the Rock
  • The Things I Regret
  • The Eye
  • That Year
  • Again Today
  • Mama Werewolf
  • Who Knows Where the Time Goes  
  • Hallelujah  
  • The Story
  • Right on Time
  • Sinners, Saints and Fools
  • The Joke
  • Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)  
  • Simply the Best  
  • Live and Let Die  
  • We Are the Champions  
  • Hold Out Your Hand
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