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September 14, 2012

Bon Iver to play at Brewery Ommegang

Indie folk band Bon Iver will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at Brewery Ommegang, located at 656 County Highway 33 in Cooperstown. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver, meaning “good winter” or “have a good winter.”

Singer-songwriter Justin Vernon wrote the group’s debut album, 2007’s “For Emma, Forever Ago,” while holed in a Wisconsin cabin. The album ranked among Rolling Stones’ list of Top 50 Albums of 2008, Pitchfork Media’s “Top 200 Albums of 2000s” list and Stereogum’s “Best Album of the ‘00s” list. It received Album of the Month reviews in Mojo and Uncut magazines. And the song “Skinny Love” was selected to be the British iTunes single of the week.

Vernon is joined in live performances by Sean Carey on drums, vocals and piano; Michael Noyce on vocals, baritone guitar, guitar and violin; and Matthew McCaughan on bass, drums and vocals. Noyce was Vernon’s guitar student during high school.

A second, self-titled album was released in 2011.

The group won two 2012 Grammys: one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Alternative Album. The band has been headline major U.S. and European festivals, selling out three night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. These festivals in Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Way Out West and Sasquatch!

Bon Iver songs have been featured in episodes of television shows “One Tree Hill,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The United States of Tara,” “Skins” and “Chuck,” as well as on the soundtrack for “New Moon,” which is part of the Twilight film series.

The gates at Ommegang open at 5:30 p.m.; Anais Mitchell will be the opening act.

Advance tickets are $39.50 or $54.50 with camping. Day-of tickets are $45. For more details, go to or call (888) 512-7469.

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