Over the weekend, the Hollywood Bowl continued its amazing season with an extremely special performance from Bon Iver, aka the project behind the musical genius Justin Vernon. In addition to Vernon playing new music for his new project, Come Through with a remarkable addition to the show—Tu Dance.
The St. Paul-based company which is Tu Dance complimented Vernon's music perfectly. Bon Iver fans who have been around since he released For Emma, Forever Ago, in 2006 may have thought "Skinny Love" would be the encore, or that hits from 22, A Million, his 2016 album which proved Vernon was more than an indie folk artist, may have been caught by surprise—but they were able to hear new music from the band, and it made everyone excited for what is to come from the artist.
With Vernon and his band sitting high on a riser above the stage, the members of Tu Dance floated perfectly across the Hollywood Bowl, each dance carefully and gracefully planned out to each one of Vernon's 14 songs. The visuals behind the stage—a mix of images, art and text told each told a story for every song. Words (assuming they are the song titles), including "Heaven 1867," "The Jig" and "Idea 90" lived in the top left corner, forcing concertgoers to remember the name of the tracks.
Vernon's musical talent is impeccable, as he played the saxophone, keyboard and guitar, along with his mesmerizing voice made one of the best shows at the Hollywood Bowl so far this summer. Even though his radio and studio hits were not played, fans got to see a different part from Bon Iver and with Tu Dance, it was a beautiful piece of performance art.
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