Posted by: hankwillenbrink | December 5, 2008

Bon Iver at Headliners, 12/17

It’s the coldest day of the year, so far, which means that Justin Vernon’s coming.  The tale of Bon Iver (that’s a purposeful malapropism of “bon hiver” which means “good winter” in France or Quebec) has been circulating around the net for a while now, ever since the proper release of For Emma, Forever Ago on Jagjaguar in February.  Vernon, after the breakup of his previous band DeYarmond Edison and his departure from The Rosebuds, hunkered down in the Wisconsin wilderness in the dead of winter.  And, unlike that scene in Rocky III where he does all the weightlifting and runs thru the snow, Vernon put his heart and soul into the spectacular For Emma… mixing folk, soul, electronics and solace into 9 magical songs.

Bon Iver was supposed to play in March with Black Mountain.  But, a snowstorm kept him away.  This time, he’s headlining with my new favorite Swede Tallest Man on the Earth.  Still, pray for rain not snow.

Bon Iver – “For Emma”

Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth

Wednesday, Dec 17, 9pm
Doors 8pm
Headliners Music Hall

Tickets: $15
On Sale Now

Available at:
TicketWeb & ear X-tacy



  1. just an fyi, justin was never a member of the rosebuds, he just played on their last 2 record while he was living in NC. also, the rosebuds haven’t broken up. cheers!

  2. The name of the band Justin was in is DeYarmond Edison. Check them out, unfortunately they don’t make music anymore but find them on myspace and they provide you with free downloads

  3. What’s the pronunciation for Iver? I had been saying it Iver (rhymes with driver), until I saw the singing interview with Okkervil River, where he sung it like Bon Iver would rime with conifer. But the French version would sound like beaver.

    Then again, sometimes the correct pronunciation makes you sound like a total dork.

  4. Well Bon Hiver is pronounced “Bon Evair” with the Bon like hmm.. a soft bone, like “bon mot”. So that would be how to say bon iver – “Bohn Eevair”. I have seen an interview with Justin Vernon where he says he doesn’t really care how people say it.

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