Steve Hatley

Bright Eyes Plays the Orpheum Theater

00:00 January 01, 1970
By: Steve Hatley

The last time Omaha, Nebraska-based band Bright Eyes played New Orleans was back in September 2011 at the House of Blues. Quite a bit has happened between that show and Monday night's show at the Orpheum Theater. There was an odd buzz in the air, a weird tenson that unfortunately came from the previous night's show on Houston that was cut abruptly after two songs. Would something like that happen again? The much-desired answer and outcome was No.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst faced whatever was bothering him the night before head on and put on a passionate and energetic show that the crowd enjoyed immensely. The set was a nice combination of material spanning across the bands whole catalogue, with an emphasis on 2020's Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. Conor explained that due to the whole Covid thing happening just after it's release, the show was basically like playing new material.

The addition of a small orchestra and several other musicians really revved up the old material and highlighted the new material well. Oberst was rarely still on stage and that helped him displace some of the tensions I'm sure he must have been feeling. He gave several brief storyteller intros to songs that made the evening even more enjoyable. He on several occasions professed his love of the city and thanked New Orleans locals Hurray for the Riff Raff for opening the show. HFTRR will be doing several dated on this tour. You can see more pictures here.

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