MFA Boston Summer Music Series starring Bon Iver and Vetiver


The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is adding 3 new concerts to their Indie Concert Series headlining the incredible talent of Bon Iver and Vetiver amongst others. These new shows will take place in the MFA's Remis Auditorium. These will be held in addition to the MFA's previously scheduled Concerts in the Courtyard. Most notable of these outdoor shows were the two sold out Jose Gonzalez shows back on June 18th. (RSL Promo and Review).

BON IVER - Sorry folks, this one's already Sold Out....
Saturday, July 26, 9:00pm

Bon Iver by Aaron Landry

Bon Iver (pronounced: "bohn eevair"; French for "good winter" and spelled wrong on purpose) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. Minimal instrumentation, layered choral falsetto vocals and the sentiment of a Wisconsin cabin mark Justin Vernon’s solo project Bon Iver. “Vernon's solo project took [his previous band] DeYarmond Edison's introspective, folky sound and embellished it with squinchy, quirky orchestral touches that nodded to Sparklehorse and a drifty optimism reminiscent of the Flaming Lips” (

What I have to say about Bon Iver: "After breaking up with his lady and his band, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) moved to the secluded sanctuary of northwestern Wisconsin and worked out his demons through living off the land and in his music studio. Now, this Pitchfork Darling will bring his falsetto vocals and his acoustic guitar to the MFA here in Boston. Should be a great show!"
Video: Bon Iver live
Jools Holland (UK)- May 16th, 2008

Friday, August 1, 7:30pm

Tickets: $14 MFA members, students, and seniors; $18 general admission.

Vetiver by Alissa Anderson

Vetiver are an indie folk band headed by Any Cabic and often joined by Devendra Banhart. Pitchfork says of their debut album: “anchored by Cabic's tousled vocals and Banhart's amber guitar strums, Vetiver is swampy and sublime, a compelling mix of sweet, candlelit laments and jagged hymns.” Vetiver recently released an album of covers called Thing of the Past, on Cabic’s Gnomon Songs label, spanning old-time, country and psychedelic styles to strange and lovely result.

What I have to say about Vetiver: "They’re good—mellow, rainy-day, tea-and-toast music, and apparently their fans are cute and foaming at the mouth for them, like rabid baby bunnies. Their latest is a compilation of esoteric-yet-classic covers."

The music of Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) has been described by Paste Magazine as “brimming with lush harmonies, groaning acoustic textures and vivid storytelling … what Brian Wilson would have sounded like had he grown up in the South against a backdrop of Appalachian folk and gospel variants.”

What I have to say about Phosphorescent: "Matthew Houck’s voice has been compared to “a more mournful Band of Horses.” I’m going to say 'aye' to this, but add some additional comparisons: Say, Conner Oberst and Joe Purdy with some alt-country influences (Cracker-esque/Travel By Sea - their first album.) Mmm, tasty."

Brassland and Bedroom Community present:
The 802 Tour: Nico Muhly, Doveman, Sam Amidon
Sunday, August 24, 7:00pm

Tickets: $12 MFA members, students, and seniors; $15 general admission.

Nico Muhly by Samantha West

Fellow Vermont-to-New York transplants Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Sam Amidon like to make music together: they have appeared in each other's shows, played on each other's records, and now they're going to grab a friend or two, pile into a van and head off on tour. In addition to their work with each other, between them, these three artists have collaborated with Bjork, Antony and the Johnsons, The National, Martha Wainright, and Bonnie Prince Billy. Rolling Stone Magazine says of the partnership: "In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons, Amidon is eerily close to the real thing, singing in a fragile but certain tenor against the deep breath and soft sweep of Nico Muhly's orchestrations."

Upcoming Concerts in the Courtyard:

Dengue Fever with Pistolera
Forro in the Dark with Marta Topferova
Hot 8 Brass Band
Daby Touré with Extra Golden
Tift Merritt
Grizzly Bear with Violens
Still Black, Still Proud:
An African Tribute to James Brown
featuring Cheikh Lo and Vieux Farka Toure

Artist Links are in Each Piece.
MFA Boston - Music Schedule & Ticketing


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