Monday, July 6, 2009

Twilight Series, Minus the Vampires

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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The Salt Lake City Arts Council just released the lineup for their annual free Twilight Concert Series and, we’ve gotta say, it might be worth subletting your apartment and taking off to SLC for the next two months. Though it was hard to top last year’s lineup—Andrew Bird, Nada Surf, Broken Social Scene—those crazy folks did it. Kicking things off this Thursday, July 9 is not one, but two, of our absolute faves: Bon Iver and Jenny Lewis.

Known for his eerie falsetto, Bon Iver (pronounced bone eevare) will perform favorites from 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago. A haunting album chronicling the pain of lost love, For Emma was recorded by frontman Justin Vernon one winter at an isolated cabin in woods of Northwestern Wisconsin. Vernon’s Iron and Wine-esque folksy melodies melted the hearts of weary showgoers at this year’s Sasquatch Festival and is sure to be equally awesome at the outdoor Gallivan Center in SLC.

Bon Iver will be joined by another indie folk darling, Jenny Lewis. Though Lewis might be most famous for her childhood acting career or her work with band Rilo Kiley, her 2006 solo release, Rabbit Fur Coat, showed Lewis to be a beguiling solo singer-songwriter. Lewis’ 2008 release Acid Tongue garnered her even more accolades, with guest spots from people like Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward from She & Him, Johnathan Rice and even Elvis Costello.

The Twilight Concert Series runs every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., July 9 through August 27 and also boasts these other super rad acts:

-July 16: The Black Keys and Human Highway
-July 23: M. Ward and Land of Talk
-July 30: Sonic Youth and Awesome Color
-August 6: Q-Tip and B.o.B.
-August 13: Toots and the Maytals and N.A.S.A.’S Intergalactic Circus
-August 20: Iron and Wine and Okkervil River
-August 27: Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

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