13 years after forming in 2006, Bon Iver is finally making a tour stop in Cleveland! The Grammy award-winning indie folk band headed by Justin Vernon will hit the road this Spring on a run of limited North America dates, including a stop at Cleveland’s own Playhouse Square.
Bon Iver has generated worldwide praise since the release of the band’s debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘ in 2007. The debut album was born out of a rough time in Vernon’s life, after which he moved into a family cabin in the woods of Wisconsin, with no intention to write music. Vernon ended up writing the lyrics for the album by recording a word-less melody and listening to the recording over and over while writing words according to the sound of the syllables of the melody, and thus Bon Iver was born.
The band’s next album came in 2011 and saw just as much success as the first. The self-titled album was received well by fans and critics alike despite having a different sound and feel than ‘For Emma, Forever Ago.’ “I brought in a lot of people to change my voice — not my singing voice, but my role as the author of this band, this project,” said Vernon.
On February 12, 2012, Bon Iver won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Bon Iver also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album for ‘Bon Iver,’ beating out Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster the People and My Morning Jacket.
’22, A Million,’ Bon Iver’s most recent release in Fall 2016, is one part love letter, one part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding. Pitchfork described the album saying, “Bon Iver’s first album in five years takes an unexpected turn toward the strange and experimental. But behind the arranged glitches and processed voices are deeply felt songs about uncertainty.”
Cleveland fans are eager to hear the songs from all three Bon Iver albums when he comes to Cleveland. The show will take place on March 29th, 2019 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theater. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased