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08Nov
Ben Kweller
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Bowery Ballroom
Date: November 08, 2019 to November 08, 2019
Where: The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., New York, New York, United States, 10002
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Concerts & Music
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Indie icon Ben Kweller returns with some of the strongest music of his career. He didn't go away just because -- he was fifteen minutes away from death. "We almost died," Kweller says. "Me, Lizzy, our two boys... dead. We wouldn't be here if Liz hadn't woken up that night."Kweller is referring to an ill-fated trip to the mountains of New Mexico, back in 2013. The family went on what was meant to be a winter wonderland vacation and instead suffered acute carbon monoxide poisoning."We were in this sweet little cabin and in the middle of the night, Lizzy woke up and said, 'Ben, get up! Something's wrong -- I feel horrible,'" Kweller says. "I immediately jumped out of bed and collapsed to the ground. We instinctively crawled to the front door and opened it. Fresh air rushed in the cabin. I called 911. We grabbed the boys out of bed, trying to shake them awake, and managed to get everyone outside in the snow. The boys were crying and falling in and out of consciousness -- it was like something out of a horror film," Kweller says. "When the ambulances arrived, they tested our blood and said our CO levels were so high, we were 15 minutes away from not waking up. Fifteen minutes! We spent the next day in the hospital on pure oxygen and days after that feeling lethargic and mush-brained. When we got back home, I was an incapacitated zombie. I told my team to cancel everything. I was done."As the months rolled on, Kweller began to battle depression as a result of the poisoning. There was a period where the "Sundress" singer didn't think he'd ever see the stage again. "I just didn't care -- I didn't want to play music anymore," Kweller says. "I didn't want to leave my family's side, and for the first time in my life I was scared. When you almost die, everything changes, and all the unimportant sh*t disappears. Luckily, I kept writing songs and they go
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