Saturday’s evening in-store performance is especially meaningful to us here at your friendly neighborhood record store. Ben Weaver was the first person to perform in our shop after we moved nearly a decade ago, and has performed here regularly ever since. His 2015 album I Would Rather Be a Buffalo was the first LP released with our name on the label, and is still one of the things we are most proud of in the long legacy of this record store.
Earlier this year he released his latest album in a CD package which contains a small book of poetry. Sees Like A River is a collaboration with Alpha Consumer and also includes spoken word pieces by Ben (his website is here). Ben has consistently participated in and led bicycle rides and advocacy while also working to support river cleanup projects.
Performing on Saturday is also an old friend of ours, Mike Munson. His knock-down foot-stomplin’ live album is one of the best-selling CDs in the history of our record store (probably because we listen to it all the time) and also one of the most underrated blues records since the millennium. After a lot of digging into the digits, we found this picture of Mike performing at our 2016 block party (with percussionist extraordinaire Mikkel Beckmen) but we couldn’t find one of the pictures we took of the crowd from the other side. Maybe somebody reading is the photographer who took that picture — we’d love to be able to share it! Mike amazed everyone that day, as he does every time he performs (and his website is here).