Saturday, July 8 marked the start of a month-long excursion for Twin Cities artist Ben Weaver as he takes to his Salsa Cycles bicycle, instruments in tow, to promote his ninth album, Sees Like a River. Along the tour route, which connects major bodies of water, Weaver seeks to meet with and start conversations amongst music lovers, cyclists, conservationists and others who join in along the way.
Sees Like a River will initially be released on CD and packaged in a limited edition, handset and signed letterpress printed book. The album will be supported by a tour that follows the Great Lakes in performance venues both conventional and unconventional: Comrade Cycles in Chicago, Ill., the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, Mich., the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wis., and even the homes of his fans. As he has done on past tours, Weaver will travel by bike; however, this time his route will include more miles of dirt roads and trails rather than paved highways to connect the communities where his performances will be held.
“I want people to have deeper relationships with their community, land, water, and what they’re doing in their lives every day. I want them to be motivated and moved to dig deeper, to explore, to participate and be mindful,” says Weaver. “People will find that they want to do something more than they want to be afraid of it. I am hoping to help lead that charge.”
Weaver’s tour concludes in early August with a special intimate performance at Creation Studio in South Minneapolis. That show will include reflection from his trip, other observations, and of course a live performance. More information is to come.
To preview Sees Like a River: https://soundcloud.com/benweaver-2/sets/sees-like-a-river/s-7qQWA
Sees Like a River will be available on benweaver.net, at shows (see full tour schedule below) and in limited supply at Kopplin’s Coffee in Minneapolis.
The Sees Like a River tour is sponsored by Banjo Brothers, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Big Agnes, Granite Gear, Kate’s Real Food, Red Table Meats, Salsa Cycles, Swrve and Teravail.
July 8: Robinson Park, Sandstone, MN
July 9: Wilderness and the Anthropocene, Ely, MN
July 10: Spokengear Bike Shop, Two Harbors, MN
July 13: Orpheum Theater, Hancock, MI
July 16: House Show, Yellow Dog Plains, MI
July 17: House Show, Marquette, MI
July 19: Broken Spoke, Green Bay, WI
July 21: Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI
July 22: Comrade Cycles, Chicago, IL
July 23: Wheel Werks, Crystal Lake, IL
July 24: Revolution Cycles, Madison, WI
July 25: Bluedog Cycles, Viroqua, WI
July 26: Out Post, Winona, MN
July 27: Red Wing, MN
July 29: Wild Springs Music Festival, Lily Springs Farm Osceola, WI
August 3: Creation Studio, Minneapolis, MN
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Ben Weaver is a songwriter and poet. He has released eight studio albums of music and four books of poetry.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.