Milwaukee Declares Tomorrow Bon Iver Day

Milwaukee Declares Tomorrow Bon Iver Day
Without a doubt, there are a lot of people who like Bon Iver out there. Even before his recently acclaimed self-titled sophomore set came out last month, folk fans were all over the guy. Remember how quickly the disc leaked?

Well, if you live in Milwaukee, chances are you feel a little hometown pride for Wisconsin-based leader Justin Vernon. It turns out Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is a fan too, and has officially declared tomorrow (July 22) to be Bon Iver Day.

JSOnline [via Pitchfork] reports that locals will celebrate the singer-songwriter "in recognition of Justin Vernon/Bon Iver's Wisconsin and Milwaukee ties."

"Bon Iver's music embraces Justin Vernon's Wisconsin heritage, as he has become an international ambassador for both Milwaukee and Wisconsin," Barrett said in a proclamation, which you can read in full below. Coincidentally, Vernon kicks off his tour at his hometown's tomorrow. You can check out the rest of the dates here.

The City of Milwaukee joins community members and supporting fans on the occasion of Bon Iver's international tour kicking off at the Riverside Theater on Friday, July 22, 2011; and,

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 throughout the City of Milwaukee.

TOM BARRETT Mayor