Geoff Berner is coming to town

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Written by Bob Przybyla

Geoff Berner is playing the E-bar February 15!!! And those of you that know what I’m talking about will understand the exclamation points. For those of you that don’t know Geoff Berner, I have several questions for you:
  • Do you like to drink?
  • A lot?
  • A whole lot?
  • Do you like to swear?
  • Do you like to swear while you drink?
  • And
  • Do you like to screw?

Well, as Berner said in an August 2006 interview “It is very important for those of us that like to drink and swear and screw to stand up for ourselves, and say, this is our culture, too!” Berner’s music is a mash together of his contributing influences punk, folk, and klezmer (traditional Jewish music, specifically the down and dirty Eastern European vein for him). Thrown in with this strange mass of distant musical relations are Berner’s tough and biting lyrics, which often contain a little peppering of social commentary all put to accordion. If any of this sounds appealing to you I have just a little bit of advice: go to see him, drink before you go, and hit the bar hard while you’re there.

Now, in case you’re wondering, there’s still more. Yes… More! Playing with Berner is Bob Wiseman. This guy is all over the place and on his site you can check out his discography that stretches back to 1984. You can see his “dance & film credits” which are divided into “acted in it”, “did the music for it”, and “directed it“. He’s performed in recordings and live with acts like: Jim Guthrie, Wilco, The Wallflowers, Royal City, Final Fantasy, The Hidden Cameras and The Bare Naked Ladies among many others. I don’t have a lot of familiarity with this guy off hand, but his resume is amazing and the bit that I’ve heard is great. All-and-all the E-bar is the place to be on February 15th when CFRU brings these two into town.

If you hate Valentine’s Day as much as I do, you can spend the day after that joke of a holiday drinking until you forget it, and you’ll be in good company.

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