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PHOTOS: Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes Shine at Fillmore

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Connor Oberst of Clear Eyes does a lil' dance onstage at The Fillmore
Connor Oberst of Clear Eyes does a lil’ dance onstage at The Fillmore. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

While there might have been a sense of trepidation around the Bright Eyes concert at Fillmore in Charlotte on Tuesday night — the band’s singer Conor Oberst left a recent show in Texas after performing just two songs and has reportedly been involved in other erratic behavior onstage this year — any fears were sidelined shortly into the show by Oberst’s stellar performance. 

Conor Oberst of Clear Eyes onstage at The Fillmore. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
From the opening screams of “Dance and Sing,” Oberst appeared to be all-in on every song he sang. The indie-rock band, which is typically a four-piece, was bolstered by an eight-piece orchestra that added plenty of depth to an array of songs. And while the audience was generally subdued and enthralled by Oberst’s vocals, there were plenty of loud cheers before fan favorites. 
 
Whether Oberst was at the piano, on acoustic, or wailing away on an electric guitar, his vocals were regularly in the spotlight, soaking his notes in plenty of emotion. 
 
 
The night started with a 30-minute set from Hurray for the Riff Raff, which was the perfect accompaniment for the evening. Frontwoman Alynda Segarra offers her own blend of folk and rock featuring emotive vocals. Oberst dedicated “Haile Selassie” to Segarra, noting it was the band’s last night on tour together. 
 
Hurray for the Riff Raff (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our Lifeline as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here
 
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes onstage at The Fillmore
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes onstage at The Fillmore. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Bright Eyes Setlist
Dance and Sing
Four Winds
Something Vague
Mariana Trench
One and Done
Bowl of Oranges
We Are Nowhere and It’s Now
Haile Selassie
Jejune Stars
Persona non grata
Shell Games
Falling Out of Love at This Volume
Stairwell Song
First Day of My Life
Poison Oak
The Calendar Hung Itself…
Comet Song

Encore
I Believe in Symmetry
Easy/Lucky/Free
 

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  1. Incredible. If ur gonna post a review of a band the least you could do is get the bands actual name right.

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