Between playing Desaparecidos gigs and whatever else he does with his time (writing more songs, probably), Conor Oberst has been playing occasional solo acoustic concerts.
He finally brings the intimate performance to his hometown on Friday with a performance at the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall. Whispertown opens the show and you can get tickets, $25, at www.onepercentproductions.com.
Opening acts and friends have filled in as his band or left him alone to work through his entire song catalog with only an acoustic guitar.
We took a look at several reviews to give you an idea about Friday’s show.
“His supporting players: the Mystic Valley Band... That bunch, plus longtime Bright Eyes instrumentalist Nate Wolcott, enhanced the entire set, apart from a transfixing rendition of one of Oberst’s finest pieces, ‘Lua,’ which gained extra grace courtesy of a sublime trumpet solo from Wolcott and heavenly harmonic backing vocals from (Jenny) Lewis and the Watson (Twins), who were equally robust in their opening performance.” — Orange County Register
“Oberst was kind enough to give us a nice mix from all eras of his career. He came alone, just a guitar and a chair, and began to strum out the delicate intro to ‘The Big Picture’ ... (and followed) with two more Bright Eyes favorites: the dark and mysterious ‘Arienette’ and the gentle and charming love song ‘First Day Of My Life.’ Needless to say, everyone in the room, myself included, was floored.” — CMJ.com
“Part of the set offered the downer tunes he’s come to be known for and part of it showcased his growth and diversity as a songwriter and performer. There was country. There was ‘emo.’ There was rock and (expletive) roll. He played songs of Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, the Mystic Valley Band and his solo work. The crowd could be heard singing along faithfully to tunes like ‘Lua’ and ‘Make War,’ (speculatively) because his songs serve as Bible verses and pithy words to live by like ‘carpe diem’ et al. to a generation of young adults searching for their way in the world. Sometimes they need to be said aloud.” — OC Weekly
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