Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he's released casette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.
"I have always believed there's salvation through music and love. At least for me. It's gotten me through the worst things. But, I want it to be that way for the people who listen to it, too," explains Oberst. "I feel I always make an attempt, even when writing what is a pretty depressing number, to sew some silver lining into it. I think the secret to happiness is making yourself believe you can do it. So in my songs, there's always a point where something pulls you out of the hole you're in."
Oberst makes his Prescott Park debut in support of his new album, Salutations, released in March. His performance features special guest, Hop Along - the Philadelphia band whose energy comes from punk but their style is indebted to the romantic, middle-American indie of Bright eyes.