Upland Brewing Co. is bringing international touring act Okkervil River to Bloomington, IN on August 31st, 2012 for an outdoor concert to benefit Sycamore Land Trust. The bill will also feature local favorites that have not been announced yet. Doors open at 5pm, and music starts at 6.
Tickets for the Okkervil River concert go on sale Friday, June 15th. They are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show, and are available at Upland’s Bloomington Brew Pub and Indy Tasting Room, as well as the Buskirk Chumley Box Office, and online at www.hillbillyhaiku.org.
The concert will take place outdoors on Upland’s Bloomington Brew Pub grounds at 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, Indiana. The Okkervil River show is part of Upland’s Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Series: an annual celebration of music, community, the natural beauty of southern Indiana, and craft beer. 100% of profits from the concerts go to Sycamore Land Trust, an organization that works with private land owners to preserve southern Indiana’s natural landscape and provide environmental education. Past concerts have been headlined by Rusted Root, Todd Snider, and Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and have raised more than $20,000 for SLT. Okkervil River has been praised by music critics across the country since their breakthrough “Black Sheep Boy” in 2005. Uncut wrote that "Sheff's novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers." A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up 'The Stage Names' (and its companion album 'The Stand Ins') echoed, "Sheff writes like a novelist," and Pitchfork called him, "One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock."