Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst is stepping away from his old Bright Eyes moniker for a while longer. The musician will instead pick up two U.S....

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst is stepping away from his old Bright Eyes moniker for a while longer. The musician will instead pick up two U.S. tour legs this year with his newest backing group, The Mystic Valley Band.

The alt-country outfit will kick off the season with a brief spring tour of the West, beginning April 9 at Slowdown in Omaha, NE, and closing out with an April 17 performance at Coachella in Indio, CA. The band will complete the coast-to-coast circuit with a recently announced run in early summer, opening June 17 at Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO, and wrapping July 3 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT.

During the spring and summer run, Oberst and company will stop for an April 11 show at Belly Up in Aspen, CO, an April 14 performance at The Marquee in Tempe, AZ, a June 21 concert at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID, a June 24 set at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and a June 30 gig at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY.

The tour supports the impending May 5 release of “Outer South.” The record is Oberst’s second effort with the Mystic Valley line-up, but the first crediting the band under that name.

Oberst first worked with Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Nathaniel Walcott and Jason Boesel on his last self-titled solo album, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 after its August 2008 release. The group completed a two-month tour in fall 2008 to support that album.

Oberst is best known for his work with Bright Eyes, a group mainly comprised of an ever-rotating line-up of collaborators. His last recording under that name was 2007’s “Cassadaga,” which hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.


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

April 9 Omaha, NE Slowdown
April 10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 11 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
April 12 El Paso, TX Barnett Harley Davidson
April 13 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
April 14 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
April 15 Pomona, CA Glass House
April 17 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
June 17 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
June 18 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19 Moab, UT Star Hall
June 20 Salt Lake City, UT Library Square
June 21 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
June 22 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
June 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
June 25 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
June 26 Omaha, NE Anchor Inn
June 28 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
June 29 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
June 30 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
July 1 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
July 2 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
July 3 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place