Plan an artsy musical evening with Bon Iver at Playhouse Square March 29

Count yours truly among those who plan to be in attendance for Bon Iver’s show March 29 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland.

Bon Iver performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June in Manchester, Tenn. (Associated Press photos)

To my ears, the Justin Vernon-led art-rock act is something special. That opinion was solidified for me when I saw Bon Iver perform in September 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in support of its fantastic eponymous 2011 album.

While the band’s third and most-recent album, “22, A Million,” isn’t as strong, the short, extremely layered effort is still a fascinating listen.

I was hoping for word of a fourth album to go along with this concert announcement, but no such luck. (The band’s tour does coincide with the 10th anniversary of its debut album, “For Emma, Forever Ago.”)

Here’s what a news release sent by Playhouse Square has to say:


Bon Iver has generated worldwide praise from critics and fans alike since the release of the band’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007. After assembling a talented touring band and traveling across the world, Bon Iver released its highly anticipated 2011 follow-up album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Met with further critical acclaim, the release netted Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist. 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s most recent release, is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The albums 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.

Tickets, ranging from $47 to $99.50, are on sale. Get more information at this Playhouse Square page.


Mark Meszoros is excited to get a concert on his calendar. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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