October 16th, 2008
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct.17, 2008) — Messiah College presents independent singer-songwriter Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band in concert on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. The concert will take place in Brubaker Auditorium in the Eisenhower Campus Center on the college’s Grantham campus. Special guests include Ben Kweller and Rig 1. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.messiah.edu/tickets, or by calling (717) 691-6036.
Oberst gained critical acclaim with his band Bright Eyes. Now, he has released his first solo album in 13 years. He was named “Rolling Stone” magazine’s Top Songwriter of 2008 and captured two top spots on the Billboard Top 100 with Bright Eyes. His growing popularity and talented songwriting capabilities have even had some critics calling him the next Bob Dylan. Additionally, Oberst was named one of the Top 100 Living Songwriters by “Paste” magazine. He has teamed up with friends to form the Mystic Valley Band and tour around the United States.
Oberst is joined by Ben Kweller and Rig 1. Kweller is a fixture in the independent music scene touring with acts such as Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Folds. He is set to release a new album in January 2009. Rig 1 is signed on Oberst’s record label, Team Love, and is an experimental band 10 years in the making. Recently they released their new album, “Above the Tree Line West of the Periodic.”
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.