Eau Claire, WI was put on the map February 12th 2012, when hometown hero Justin Vernon of the band Bon Iver, accepted the Grammy for the best new artist. He also won the Grammy for best alternative music album.
Justin Vernon was clearly nervous accepting the award. But he remembered to thank his hometown of Eau Claire, WI and his parents, just in time as the Grammy producers rolled the “your time is up” music.
Interestingly, Bon Iver was asked to perform at the awards show, but not on their own terms.
“We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else…they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”
Have no fear! If you have never heard them play, as I had not, here is your chance to hear them play, and to be proud of the talent coming out of your university’s hometown, the city of Eau Claire.