Nearly a third of the set was made up of songs from his most well-known incarnation Bright Eyes, including crowd pleasers “Classic Cars” and “At the Bottom of Everything,” but he dusted off selections from his other bands too, including the Mystic Valley Band (“Lenders in the Temple”) and Monsters of Folk (“Maps of the World”, sans the other Monsters). He’s come a long way from his "Self-Loathing and Long Bangs: The Conor Oberst Story" days, despite still being able to hit those quivering, frightening notes that thousands of other tortured balladeers have attempted and failed to reproduce over the years.
Was the long hair his way of being able to perform a song from his long-ago past, like “The Big Picture,” while also acknowledging he’s a different man than he was then—less a singular Voice and more of a Leader? Possibly. Either that, or he just liked the way it looked while he sang “Southern State?"
Photos from the show, courtesy photographer Nadia Chaudhury, below: