After completing their current European tour, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band will be back in North America this fall...

After completing their current European tour, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band will be back in North America this fall for a series of more than 30 newly announced performances. The second leg of the American tour begins September 20 in Omaha, NE, and concludes November 20 in New Orleans, LA.

Oberst’s current European tour began August 22 at the Leeds Festival in the UK and runs through a September 15 show at the Columbia Club in Berlin, Germany. More 2008 world dates are in store for Oberst and his country-tinged rock band. After a September 28 performance at the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX, the band will perform a brief three-date engagement in Australia before returning to the States for the remainder of the tour.

The Mystic Valley Band is touring in support of Oberst’s eponymous solo record, released August 5. Previously, Oberst released 10 albums under the name Bright Eyes and with an ever-changing line-up of backing musicians. His most recent Bright Eyes recording was the April 2007 release “Cassadega,” which peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. charts.

On September 3, the band’s Web site announced a limited time pre-sale for select shows on the upcoming U.S. trek. Presales opened at noon the same day and were password protected. Face value for the tickets ranged from $18 to $28, depending on the venue.

The Mystic Valley Band formed late in 2007 and is the collaboration of Oberst, Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel, and Nik Freitas, who supported Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley on their recent headlining tours. The remainder of the touring band is filled out with guitarist Taylor Hollingsworth, bassist Macey Taylor, and Bright Eyes’ multi-instrumentalist Nate Walcott.

The line-up is indicative of the close relationship between Oberst and his fellow indie giants, Rilo Kiley. Members of Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley collaborate frequently, most recently on Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis’ solo album “Rabbit Fur Coat.” Oberst supplied guest vocals for Lewis’ cover of “Handle With Care” by the Traveling Wilburys.

Lewis will perform solo material on the first six dates of the Oberst’s upcoming U.S. trek. Both musicians will then perform at the Austin City Limits Festival on September 27 before continuing with their respective headlining tours.

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 20Omaha, NEAnchor Inn *
September 21Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium *
September 22Knoxville, TNBijou Theatre *
September 23Fayetteville, ARGeorge’s Majestic Lounge *
September 24Oxford, MSThe Lyric Oxford *
September 25Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom *
September 27Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park
September 28Austin, TXLa Zona Rosa
October 7Honolulu, HIPipeline Cafe
October 16Denver, COOgden Theatre
October 17Taos, NMSolar Center
October 18Tucson, AZRialto Theatre
October 19San Diego, CASOMA
October 21 – 22Los Angeles, CAMusic Box @ Fonda
October 23Visalia, CAVisalia Fox Theatre
October 24San Francisco, CAWarfield Theatre
October 25Portland, ORMcMenamins Crystal Ballroom
October 26Seattle, WAShowbox At The Market
October 29Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
October 30Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1Chicago, ILVic Theatre
November 2Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Music Theatre
November 5Boston, MAThe Roxy
November 6 Northampton, MAAcademy Of Music
November 7Grantham, PAMessiah College
November 8 – 9New York, NY Terminal 5
November 10Washington, DC9:30 Club
November 12Richmond, VAThe National
November 13Asheville, NCOrange Peel
November 14Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
November 15Hilton Head Island, SCShoreline Ballroom
November 18Fort Lauderdale, FLCulture Room
November 19Saint Petersburg, FLJannus Landing
November 20New Orleans, LARepublic New Orleans

* with Jenny Lewis

Last Updated on September 4, 2008 by By Allison Reitz