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 20 Omaha, NE Anchor Inn *
September 21 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium *
September 22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre *
September 23 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge *
September 24 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford *
September 25 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom *
September 27 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park
September 28 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
October 7 Honolulu, HI Pipeline Cafe
October 16 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
October 17 Taos, NM Solar Center
October 18 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
October 19 San Diego, CA SOMA
October 21 – 22 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
October 23 Visalia, CA Visalia Fox Theatre
October 24 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
October 25 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
October 26 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
October 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 30 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
November 2 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
November 5 Boston, MA The Roxy
November 6 Northampton, MA Academy Of Music
November 7 Grantham, PA Messiah College
November 8 – 9 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 12 Richmond, VA The National
November 13 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
November 14 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
November 15 Hilton Head Island, SC Shoreline Ballroom
November 18 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
November 19 Saint Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
November 20 New Orleans, LA Republic New Orleans

* with Jenny Lewis

By Allison Reitz