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Conor Oberst @ The Greek Theatre 5/13/2017 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Conor Oberst @ The Greek Theatre 5/13/2017 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Earlier this year, Conor Oberst released the companion album to his 2016 album “Ruminations”, “Salutations”. It’s an album that reworks many of the “Ruminations” tracks with additional instrumentation and sharp studio production while also adding a handful of new compositions. It’s an album that picks up the pace that the 2016 release set, and is infused with an energy that Conor and his bandmates communicates with their richly controlled playing. Conor brought that full sound to The Greek Theatre on May 13th, 2017.

Though we weren’t able to send a contributor to his performance in support of “Ruminations” which was performed in a church with just a single backing performer, we can only imagine how different this show was compared the former.  Accompanied by The Felice Brothers, Conor and company filled The Greek with his brand of folk-rock that filled the seats that evening.

Conor Oberst @ The Greek Theatre 5/13/2017. Setlist.This evening’s musical fare for the evening touched on the entire breadth of his repertoire. Obviously, he performed many cuts from “Salutations” (including After Thought, “Too Late To Fixate”,  “A Little Uncanny” and “Napalm” among others), he reached into his history and also covered Bright Eyes songs (i.e. “Four Winds”, “Well Whiskey”, and “Train Under Water”), a Monsters of Folk tune (“Map Of The World”) and even a Felice Brothers song.

It was a moody evening of music, but I supposed that goes without saying when it comes to Conor and his music. With the seemingly vulnerable timbre of his voice, and the sweet yet sad lyrics that he sings, even with a full band backing him, his music, generally, hits that personally intimate chord in any folk-lovers soul. Let’s just say that if he had thrown in one of his Desaparecidos’ tunes, it would have been pretty out of place.

But every one in attendance was there to be wooed by this modern day troubadour’s lovelorn tales. Couples and groups of ladies- even from the nosebleed section- stood from their seats to sing along with those familiar melodies, to bask in those waves of sonic melancholy that were sung that evening.

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