Ben Weaver I Would Rather Be A Buffalo LP Release with Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade 7" Vinyl Release

Hymies Vintage Records presents; Presented in conjunction with Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival; Poetry by R. Vincent Moniz Jr
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

$10 at the door if you bike to the show! Seated show; all ages.

Ben Weaver with banjo

“...Americana full of weary determination and aphoristic clarity, somewhere between the Band and Tom Waits.” (The New York Times)

Come and celebrate the I Would Rather Be A Buffalo LP release, and give a rousing send-off to songwriter, poet, bicycle advocate, and dad Ben Weaver as he begins the long bicycle trek from Minneapolis to New Orleans on his It's All The River tour in support of the new releaseThis tour will find Ben curating stewardship based performances at farms, bookstores, bike shops, and small music venues. Through prairie restorations, river cleanups, crop mobs and other volunteerism projects paired with songs and poetry, Ben will connect audiences to the river and its surrounding land.

Limited to 500 vinyl copies, I Would Rather Be A Buffalo will be released by Hymie’s Records and come packaged in a letter-press printed jacket designed and printed by Ben Weaver and Monica Larson of Sister Black Press. Additionally, Ben has hand-bound a selection from his long poem, Ragged Ass Joy into a printing of 250 artist books that will be available at the show.

Sharing the stage is The Family Trade, who will be releasing the first 7” single in an ongoing series presented by Hymie’s Records. The folk sextet is led by poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw, a word-rich, harmony-heavy revamp of sixties and seventies Americana, owing a stylistic debt to a long lineage of authors, singers, romantics and drunks. Brian wrote The Family Trade recordʼs A-side, Jeremiad, during a visit to his drought-plagued home state of California.

This performance is co-presented by Rain Taxiʼs Twin Cities’ Book Festival and will include readings (poetry by  R. Vincent Moniz Jr.), conversations, and storytelling, along with offerings from local allies, Angry Catfish Bicycles, The Mississippi River Fund, and more.

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now!
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee), or Hymies Vintage Records (no fee!).
  • Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page) until 5pm day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
Ben Weaver photo with banjo
BEN WEAVER is a songwriter, poet, bicycle advocate, and dad. He has released seven CDs of his original music and published two poetry chapbooks. MOJO magazine called him a “Hillbilly Leonard Cohen, " The New York Times described his music as “…Americana full...
The Family Trade group photo
The Family Trade is a folk sextet led by poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw. Their style is a word-rich, harmony-heavy revamp of sixties and seventies Americana, owing a stylistic debt to a long lineage of authors, singers, romantics and drunks. Their debut EP...

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