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Paul Baribeau Sings For You

Baribeau returns to Sluggo’s
By Hana Frenette

Paul Baribeau has been charming hearts and minds alike all across the country with his sweet, clever, awkwardly endearing lyrics. He has toured with Kimya Dawson and recorded a few songs with her, including the song “Tire Swing” featured in the film “Juno.”

Baribeau has been named one of the greatest living singer/songwriters by AP Magazine and has garnered quite a following from playing in peoples’ houses, garages, and neighborhood hot spots. Baribeau will be stopping by Pensacola on Saturday, Feb. 5 to play a show at Sluggo’s and continue the tradition of charming all those who will listen.
IN: Where are you from originally?
Baribeau: Grand Ledge, Mich.

IN: Where do you live now?
Baribeau: Bloomington, Ind.

IN: How did you first start making music? How old were you? What did it sound like? What did you want it to sound like?
Baribeau: In eighth grade my friend Mike and I started playing music together. I was the lead singer and he played guitar. We sounded terrible. It was mostly bad versions of Nirvana songs.

IN: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
Baribeau: I’m embarrassed to think about it.

IN: Do you think your songwriting style has changed since you first started?
Baribeau: I don’t scream as much as I did when I was 13.

IN: How did you and Kimya Dawson meet?
Baribeau: We met at a show in Grand Rapids, Mich. I was going to college there and she was coming through town. I was a big fan before we were friends. I still look up to her—such an amazing writer.

IN: When did you decide to tour
together?
Baribeau: She just called and I said I could do a few shows.

IN: How was the tour with Kimya?
Baribeau: Her family is great. Lots of hanging out and making each other laugh.
IN: I read that the song “Tire Swing” by Kimya has a verse in it that is about a dream Kimya had with you in it. Have you ever had any dreams that you decided to make into songs? What were they about?
Baribeau: No. Sometimes I finish lyrics in my sleep. Not sure how it works though.

IN: You’ve played at Sluggo’s a couple of times before. What were the previous shows like?
Baribeau: I’ve played some really fun shows there. They have moved now and I’m excited to see the new place. The food is the best. Every band I know loves playing Sluggo’s—such good food.

IN: What’s your favorite dish at Sluggo’s?
Baribeau: “The Culture Club.” (Triple-decker on local sourdough with marinated seitan, soy bacon and tofurkey slices with soy mayo, lettuce and tomato, and it comes with chips—$6.50.) But I understand they have expanded the menu. I’m excited to try some new stuff.
IN: How was your time in Pensacola?
Baribeau: I feel like I am always lost when I go to Pensacola. Weird town. Love the beach. Love Sluggo’s. The highway breaks up the town in a way that confuses me. I have been to P’cola probably 20 times and still don’t know my way around. Also, I’m from Michigan. We don’t have hurricanes. Florida looks very different from the Midwest.

IN: Think you’ll come back?
Baribeau: You know it.

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PAUL BARIBEAU AND THE BOY WHO COULD FLY
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5
WHERE: Sluggo’s, 101 S. Jefferson St.
COST: $5
DETAILS: facebook.com/sluggos