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 9Omaha, NESlowdown
April 10 Denver, COOgden Theatre
April 11Aspen, COBelly Up Aspen
April 12El Paso, TXBarnett Harley Davidson
April 13Albuquerque, NMSunshine Theatre
April 14Tempe, AZThe Marquee
April 15Pomona, CAGlass House
April 17Indio, CACoachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
June 17Colorado Springs, COBlack Sheep
June 18Telluride, COTelluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19Moab, UTStar Hall
June 20Salt Lake City, UTLibrary Square
June 21Boise, IDKnitting Factory
June 22Missoula, MTWilma Theatre
June 24Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
June 25Milwaukee, WISummerfest
June 26Omaha, NEAnchor Inn
June 28Kansas City, MOBeaumont Club
June 29Columbia, MOThe Blue Note
June 30Louisville, KYHeadliners Music Hall
July 1Cleveland, OHGrog Shop
July 2Woodstock, NYBearsville Theater
July 3New Haven, CTToad’s Place

Last Updated on April 8, 2009 by By Allison Reitz