Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon perform at his high school band’s 1999 album release party

Before Bon Iver, Justin Vernon released music under various names, including JD Vernon, DeYarmond Edison, and Mount Vernon in high school. The band in 1999 celebrated the release of their first album, We Can Look Up, at Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s Westgate Sportsman Club with a show. Today, because of YouTube user Mike Olson, who previously released the group’s performance at a 1998 battle of the bands, the release party is also available to watch. The group features Phil Cook (DeYarmond Edison, Megafaun, Gayngs), Brad Cook (DeYarmond Edison, Megafaun), and Joe Westerlund (Megafaun, Grandma Sparrow), according to the description. Watch it below.

The video came out the day before the debut of Bon Iver’s new album; it will be played in full tonight at Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music Festival.

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