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Concert Tue Jun 19 2007

A Great Tuesday Night Lineup At Schubas

(Ben Weaver)

So there's a great show tonight at Schubas. It must have been one of those rare times for a booker when all the stars align and you're able to bring in three very complimentary artists. Opening up is Romantica (or more accurately leader Ben Kyle), followed by Ezra Furman and then capped off by Ben Weaver.

Ben Kyle (leader of Romantica) is originally from Ireland, but now lives in Minneapolis. It seems odd to hear such stereotypically American sounding music from Ben Kyle. But his version of Americana is definitely informed by his Irish roots as drinking at the pub, "girls from Donegal way" and many references to God/Jesus can be found in his songs. America (2024 Records) is the new record from Romantica.

I've mentioned Ezra and his band The Harpoons in this space before (here) so I'm not going to get into it again now. However, tonight's show will be a solo affair for Ezra and it will probably bring out his quirkier side and a bunch of fun songs (a la Jonathan Richman).

Ben Weaver is the headliner and one of the most acclaimed solo artists in the midwest. His self-released records (he runs his label out of a Minneapolis casket company warehouse) have been garnering critical acclaim for years. His latest, Paper Sky, ups the ante with production by Brian Deck and a fuller, more complex sound. He'll be solo at this show; so just him, an acoustic guitar, and his songs.

[mp3] Ben Weaver - "Grieve All You Want"
[mp3] Ezra Fuhrman - "How Long Diana"
[mp3] Romantica - "Drink The Night Away"

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