Bright Eyes with Lavender Diamond
May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm$61
Presented by (((folkYEAH!))) in the Amphitheater
Sometimes it feels like you hear a Bright Eyes song with your whole body. From Conor
Oberst’s early recordings in an Omaha basement in 1995 all the way up to 2020, Bright Eyes’ music tries to unravel the impossible tangles of dissent: personal and political, external and internal. It’s a study of the beauty in unsteadiness in all its forms – in a voice, beliefs, love, identity, and what fills up the spaces in-between. And in so many ways, it’s just about searching for a way through.
The year 2020 is full of significant anniversaries for Bright Eyes. Fevers and Mirrors was released 20 years ago this May, while Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning both turned 15 in January. The latter, a singer-songwriter tour-de-force released amidst the Bush presidency and Iraq war, wades through incisive anti-war rhetoric and micro, intimate calamities. On the title track and throughout the record, Oberst sings about body counts in the newspaper, televised wars, the bottomless pit of American greed, struggling to understand the world alongside one’s own turmoil. In its own way, I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning carved out its place in the canon of great anti- war albums by being both present and prophetic, its urgency enduring 15 years later.
And while 2020 is a year of milestones for the band, it’s also the year Bright Eyes returns, newly
signed to indie label Dead Oceans. Amidst the current overwhelming uncertainty and upheaval of global and personal worlds, Oberst, Mogis, and Walcott reunited under the moniker as both an escape from, and a confrontation of, trying times. Getting the band back together felt right, and
necessary, and the friendship at the core of the band has been a longtime pillar of Bright Eyes’
output. For Bright Eyes, this long-awaited re-emergence feels like coming home.
Tickets on sale Friday February 21st
NO outside food, drink, chairs, pets or bad attitudes. Food will be available to purchase.
Wine is, of course, available for sale by the glass and by the bottle, so thirst is covered too.
Parking is $10. Free for motos, full two seaters, cars with three or more people and Bacchus Wine Club members.