Many bands have evolved throughout the years but few more so than Conor Oberst’s introspective and sophisticated project Bright Eyes. After a long time away due to the pandemic and other side projects, Oberst has made his return to Bright Eyes territory and his latest tour made a stop at the Stone Pony Summer Stage to triumphant and thrilling results.
Accompanied by a full backing band that included strings and horns, Oberst laid it all out on the stage to emotional effect and he tore into the setlist with a gusto and intensity that was utterly exhilarating to watch. With a catalog that spans back to the early 2000s, Bright Eyes has maintained quite a bit of longevity and the setlist was a strong sampling of established classics, recent material and fan favorites all delivered with Oberst’s trademark sincerity and vitality. The addition of his backing band allowed each song to feel truly immersive and come to life on stage in an organic manner enhancing the richness of the material in the process.
As a live experience, Bright Eyes managed to balance both grandiose numbers with more intimate ones with ease and artistry. Oberst remained invigorated and committed throughout the night and the audience was in high spirits as well. Singer-songwriter projects often remain small-scale so Bright Eyes’ ambitious and epic performance was truly a showcase for Oberst’s singular talents and that of his band as well. Thanks to the musician and craftsmanship present, Bright Eyes delivered a captivating live experience that richly rewarded long-term fans and stood as a testament to their enduring appeal.
Opener indie artist Alex G certainly has many fans in attendance as well. The singer/songwriter from the suburbs of Philadelphia was in sharp form.
Bright Eyes are currently touring and more information regarding upcoming shows can be found on all their social media platforms.
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