Justin Vernon just got an official day of celebration named after his band, and he's only released two albums. (One, the new Bon Iver Bon Iver, is currently playing on the office radio, as it has been every twenty to thirty minutes for the past month.) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced yesterday that today would be official "Bon Iver Day" in Milwaukee; the band is playing two shows there this weekend. Did Violent Femmes ever get so lucky? How about Alice Cooper? He's not from Milwaukee, but he certainly shilled hard for it in Wayne's World. Okay, enough speculation — here's Barrett's extremely official announcement (from Tap Milwaukee, via obviously The AV Club, although we'll now bookmark Tap Milwaukee for future Milwaukee-related stories).
WHEREAS, Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by Justin Vernon in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he continues to record music in a new state-of-the-art recording studio; and,
WHEREAS, Bon Iver's music embraces Justin Vernon's Wisconsin heritage, as he has become an international ambassador for both Milwaukee and Wisconsin, while they travel across the world playing music and interact with national media; and,
WHEREAS, Bon Iver's self-titled album debuted at number two on the Billboard charts in June 2011, and has gained attention from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Late Night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and,
WHEREAS, The City of Milwaukee joins supporting fans to enjoy the entertaining performance of Bon Iver and commends the band for their musical accomplishments
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TOM BARRETT, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, do hereby proclaim Friday, July 22, 2011, to be BON IVER DAY.
[Above: downtown Milwaukee.]