Bright Eyes at the Greek Theatre

Bright Eyes, along with many other talented musicians, took the stage last night at the Greek Theatre on the campus of UC Berkeley. The whole night, from 7:00 until 11:00, was filled with music, and both the bands and the audience seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

Oakley Hall led off the night with a great opening set. The band originates from Brooklyn, NY and plays a blend of country and rock, a style of music I really enjoy. I had not previously listened to any of their songs, but this morning I downloaded both of their albums, Gypsum Strings and Second Guessing, from eMusic.

Jim James, the lead singer and guitarist for My Morning Jacket, was next up on stage. Last night was the only show for which he is scheduled to appear with Bright Eyes on tour. He performed solo, and his signature reverberating vocals remained while he sang and strummed an acoustic guitar.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were the final band in the opening series. They had just flown out to California from Nashville, for their first night on tour with Bright Eyes. They were excellent, as usual, playing bluegrass as they picked guitar and banjo.

After those three great opening bands, Bright Eyes took the stage to resounding applause. Conor Oberst, the man behind Bright Eyes, is touring in support of his latest album, Cassadaga. He played a few songs from that album, and included tracks from previous albums as well.

The show closed as Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Jim James joined Bright Eyes for the encore. Each seemed to revel in the opportunity to play with one another.

As usual, the photos I snapped at the show can be found on Flickr. I also recorded a couple videos with my camera, which I’ve uploaded to YouTube: Bright Eyes playing Four Winds and Gillian Welch playing No One Knows My Name.


Lonna Hanson
May 9, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Glad you enjoyed the concert. I enjoyed looking at your pictures.

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