Carnegie Music Hall Homestead

May 25
Doors open at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.
All ages

The Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead seems a fitting venue for prolific singer-songwriter and lyricist, Conor Oberst, given the setting’s storied past dating to 1898, its blend of grandeur and the commonplace, its hand-cut Italian marble and beautifully painted murals, and its foundation built upon housing books for the community.

Hitting the road on a national tour, Oberst has just released his latest solo record, Upside Down Mountain, via the esteemed label, Nonesuch Records. Oberst’s sixth solo studio album, Upside Down Mountain reflects a highly distinctive songwriting that combines intimate and personal narratives, language, melodies and poetry. The 13-track album was recorded in Oberst’s hometown of Omaha, NE with Andy LeMaster at ARC Studios, as well as with Jonathan Wilson at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN.

Born in 1980, Oberst first rocketed to indie rock stardom as Bright Eyes, releasing nine critically acclaimed albums between 1998 and 2011. Formed in 1995 in Omaha as a solo project, the band went on to evolve via a rotating cast of collaborators from Omaha’s indie music scene. Oberst is also known for his roles in several additional bands, including Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk, and as a co-founder of the independent imprints, Saddle Creek Records and Team Love.

Oberst’s 2014 tour schedule includes such high profile dates as a co-headlining show with the acclaimed American country-folk singer-songwriter, John Prine, at L.A.’s famed Greek Theatre. Opening the show at the library is Los Angeles-based folk rock band, Dawes. Can’t wait until May 25th? Catch Oberst on Jimmy Fallon on May 19th and on NPR’s World Cafe on May 20th.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...