Marfa Dialogues

Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band with The Felice Brothers & RIG 1

23 November 2008


Doors 6.30pm, Show 7pm
Goode Crowley Theater
Tickets $20 available on frontgatetickets.com

Ballroom Marfa wraps up our 2008 music season with a performance by Rolling Stone’s 2008 songwriter of the year, Conor Oberst, performing with The Mystic Valley band. Along with The Felice Brothers and RIG 1, they end their world tour with a rare, intimate concert at the Goode Crowley Theater.

Conor Oberst became known in the late nineties as the heart and soul of Bright Eyes, an acclaimed indie/folk band known for its creative and moving collaborations. While experimenting with other musical projects, Bright Eyes has been, for all intents and purposes, Oberst’s main musical vehicle for the last decade. With the release of his latest album and tour, Omaha’s preeminent singer songwriter has ducked out from under his weighted alias and with the aid of The Mystic Valley Band has reinvented himself.

Oberst will perform a new collection of songs — introspective folk and rock steeped in Americana. Known for the diversity of his work, and often compared to Bob Dylan, Oberst’s musicianship favors immediacy over perfection: he continually constructs verses rather than repeat hooks or write them down, feeling that his songs are never completed.

Always the chameleonic musician, Oberst has switched between punk rock, orchestral pop and squawking electronica on various projects, but Conor Oberst is a treatise on what he does best: folk/rock at its most earnest, introspective, and musically accomplished.

Conor Oberst’s new LP was made in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México during the months of January and February, 2008. In Tepoztlán –- a place known for Aztec Magic and Extra-Terrestrial Sightings –- a temporary studio was created in a mountain villa called Valle Místico at the outskirts of the town. It was there that Oberst and the band lived and worked in near perfect harmony, often unaware of the hour or the day. The result is his first solo album in thirteen years, following Water (1993), Here’s to Special Treatment (1994) and Soundtrack to My Movie (1995).

    The Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band performance has been made possible by the generous support of C3, Blackmott Productions, and Ballroom Marfa Front Row Members.

    As we complete another extraordinary season of music in Marfa, we would like to acknowledge all of the donors that have been so generous through their support of our 2008 Music Program.

    Front Row Members: Pablo Alvarado, Jeff and Toni Beauchamp, Tim Crowley, Janie & Dick DeGuerin, Marion Barthelme & Jeff Fort, Harry & Shelly Hudson, Charles Mallory, Jacqueline Northcut and Charles Mary Kubricht & Ron Sommers.

    Individual donors: John & Alice Jennings, Nick Terry & Maryam Amiryani and James Thompson.

    In-Kind Supporters: L & F Distributors; Permian Basin Distributing, Alpine, TX; and Tito’s Vodka, Austin, TX. Special thanks to the Goode Crowley Theater and KRTS Marfa Public Radio.