Posted in music | tour dates on April 15, 2009

Jenny Lewis (on a bill w/ Conor) in Austin (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis

As suspected, this year's free 'River to River Festival' concert at Battery Park in NYC on July 4th will be headlined by Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Jenny Lewis, who also plays a smaller indoor show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9th, will be opening the NYC show. "This year this event is not ticketed, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis."

Last year's show was Sonic Youth and The Feelies. The year before that was New Pornographers and Midlake. Before that was Belle & Sebastian. Before that was Stephen Malkmus and Yo La Tengo...

All Conor Oberst dates HERE. All Jenny Lewis dates HERE.



Comments (55)

oh i was really hoping for this!
so i kind of stopped following dear ol conor boy after that double cd release
but have been a bit nostalgic lately
does anyone know if he plays his songs circa bright eyes as conor oberst now?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:30 PM

Does anyone even care about any of these clowns anymore?

Posted by J.W.G. | April 15, 2009 12:34 PM


seems like every other year is great

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:34 PM


malkmus + ylt = yeah!
b&s = bliss
sy + feelies = heavy duty rnr
new porns = bore
oberst + lewis = excrement

actually i'm relieved, since i'll be out of the country first week of july. no loss.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:34 PM


. . . laterz

Posted by Double B | April 15, 2009 12:36 PM

when i saw him last year touring as part of the mystic valley band, i don't think he did play any of his bright eyes stuff, but i do remember hearing that he sometimes does.
ha that's probably not so helpful.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:39 PM

more helpful then the rest
it's worth a wait in line with friends i imagine
what does this new stuff sound like, still country twang?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:44 PM

so glad this thing isn't ticketed this year...

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:46 PM

yeah, still country twang. and i havent heard anywhere that he plays bright eyes stuff. even if he does it'll be 90% MVB stuff, aka 90% meh.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:46 PM

when I think of the 4th of July I think of Conor-emo-hipster-wimp-Oberst! Just bring back Sonic Youth, who were hands down the best band of last summer!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 12:50 PM

My tax money went to this crappy show?! Dammit. I was so pleased with the past 4th of July shows, but this year will be boring. No picnic with the gf in battery park this year!

Posted by nycmusiclover | April 15, 2009 12:57 PM

I'd rather get a blood transfusion in Hati than sit through this drivel.

Posted by fuckstick | April 15, 2009 1:05 PM

i try to be open minded but seriously, conor oberst is an absolute talent-less fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:10 PM

and before that, ryan adams and jesse malin. 2004?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:12 PM

I don't know Conor Oberst's music at all, but Jenny Lewis is excellent. Thought-provoking lyrics and a unique delivery. I will go for at least her portion of the show.

Posted by Brian | April 15, 2009 1:14 PM

oh crap i forgot about the jenny lewis part
ooooooo hmmmmmmmmmmm
does she still walk around in her baby doll dresses and knickers?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:19 PM

i dont hate oberst like everyone else here, but looking at past years, they could have done a lot, lot better. he has also played at least 25 nyc shows in the last 3 years, and for some reason i went to a bunch. no more though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:19 PM

Glad so many of you won't be there, less time in line for me!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:21 PM

Thank god there are so many haters who won't be going this year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:24 PM

my sentiments exactly
but imagine they're just hating online
but will definitely be online for the show
cuz it's free and summer
i guess why not

... i wonder if it's not ticketed cuz they for saw that it wouldn't generat as much ferver as the past shows...

it's def going to be a nostalgic hay day for me and my friends, i'm happy, cuz i have no interest in old school bands whose music i never listen to and that my older sister played and by default is so legendary (exckuding belle and sebastian). i just don't get why our generation is so into knowing past music as an obligation

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:29 PM

is it so that when our parents or older siblings listen to our music and are ready to say who they're coping we can be like, yeah duh knew that already and then school them on that band too...

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:32 PM

I'm very happy to hear about this. I thoroughly enjoyed the MVB show @ Terminal 5 back in November. I think he's really onto something with this band. They were jamming out pretty hard on a few tunes. I'm sure they're even better now after having played together for a longer period of time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:35 PM

everytime i see MVB i think minus vs bear
i don't even know what that means
(minus the bear - bear) + (gorilla vs bear - gorilla) = minus vs bear

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:49 PM

i'm in!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:50 PM

1:12 - I think Ryan Adams was 2000.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 1:53 PM

no way really?
man whe i was younger and saw posting for these summer concerts i never fathomed that they were free and if they were, impossible to get...
if only i was a lil more assertive as a kid

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 2:00 PM

conor's album leaked btw

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 2:24 PM

Glad to know that now I can make better plans for the 4th!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 2:44 PM

aren't they streaming it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 2:53 PM

man, sonic youth and the feelies, now this?

i mean, i don't hate conor. but they could have done a lot better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 3:02 PM

does it always have to be some 90's band in order to be grand and worthy

it's a new age guys
the '00's kids are now in demand
bright eyes is to me what sonic youth is/was to you

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 3:10 PM

bright eyes would be a different story. his mystic valley band stuff to me is pretty weak.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 3:23 PM

3:10, if you ever compare Bright Eyes to Sonic Youth again I'm gonna find you and disembowel you. There are plenty of contemporary artists who are experimental, groundbreaking and worthwhile...Bright Eyes is not, and will not ever be, one of them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 3:59 PM

can some one convince him to just do like bright eyes circa 97-2005, 00-02 heavy

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 4:02 PM

i'm not talking about what made them big
i'm just saying they were part of that genrations movement, bright eyes is part of our
like when we're older we'll be really nostalgic and crazy over bright eyes.
and fuck sonic youth who the fuck cares how experimental they were, calm the fuck down
and if you step up to me and try and dis embowel me as you say
i'll fucking cut you with a razor blade
yo you just like really pissed me off
fuck the internet

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 4:10 PM

p.s. i'll be at this show wearing flowers in my hair and a shirt saying
(with the l in the back)

bright eyes can easily be compared to sonic youth
and the new pornagraphers
and stephen malk....
and whoever else that you 30 year olds jizz all over

find me!
thank you

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 4:18 PM

and the next time i see thurston moore at glasslands i'm crying bright eyes like it's mother fucking freebird
so any of you other 30 year olds can get mad at me

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 4:23 PM

amazing!! i can't wait i'm definitely going

Posted by clara | April 15, 2009 10:50 PM

"i'm in!"

We don't care.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2009 11:00 PM

Don't trust anyone over 30!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 12:19 AM


don't trust anyone who regurgitates stupid hippie slogans from 1967.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 11:20 AM

wow that's how I want to spend the day, camping out at 7AM with entry-level kids from new jersey high schools to get in... fuck that I'm going to see Sonic Youth the day before instead

Posted by stev | April 30, 2009 4:05 PM

stephen malkmus eats people like conor for breakfast.. I guess I'll be part of the stampede of people who leave after jenny

Posted by j | May 3, 2009 3:51 PM

can you bring alcohol in? and what time do you suggest arriving at the park?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2009 9:48 AM

They are very strict about the no alcohol policy there. Last year... they were even checking bottle caps to make sure that nobody was bringing in mixed drinks in pepsi bottles. but if you line up your bottle cap right and get a little crazy glue... shouldn't be a problem.

some of the people doing pat downs are worse than others. look for an easy line. there's usually some hick lady in her 50s there that's pretty crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2009 10:28 AM

You guys are all ridiculous. Conor Oberst is one of the best songwriters of the past twenty years and Jenny Lewis as a face melting voice. Couldn't be a better 4th of July show!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2009 10:36 AM

R2R site says space is people think it will fill up?

Posted by andy | June 30, 2009 4:03 PM

Wat time does the show start?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 5:25 PM

When is a good time to arrive, if you definitely want to get in? Also, where in the park will the show be?

Posted by Rob | July 1, 2009 9:29 PM

You guys are IDIOTS. There is no way you can say that Conor Oberst is talentless... so foolish. He's such a great songwriter. I can't believe I'm missing this show! Jenny Lewis is amazing and incredibly gorgeous. Happy 4th assholes!

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 7:07 PM

I'm so psyched for this! Sonic Youth were fabulous last year, but this will be ten times better! I can't wait!

Posted by Harold | July 4, 2009 7:51 PM

Ok, so here it is...

I was in the first few rows of people at Battery Park when some scumbag in a green shirt rudely cut right in front of me and several other people, restricting our views during the Jenny Lewis segment of the show. He even had the audacity to rest his hat on some innocent girl. Throughout the show, he was taking photos in ways which would deliberatley obstruct myself and the people directly behind me.I kindly asked if he would move over an inch or even switch places with me, naturally he ignored both requests. Now I'm no push over but I did not want to ruin a perfectly fine july 4th in the park(color me rational). To add insult to injury, the fuck took of his shirt in an effort give the Lewis faithful a whiff of his irish pub smelling body. This guy was a real class act. Although he ruined my july 4th, maybe I can embarrass this dick head on the mighty interweb.
He had a tatoo on his back which stated "live ever, die never".Be on the look out for this immortal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2009 12:14 AM

Next time, stand directly behind the guy, then discreetly pee on his jeans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2009 12:38 AM

2:14, Oh shit, I know EXACTLY who you are talking about. The entire goddamn show was spent with me swaying back and forth on my tippy toes in order to even get a look. Some songs I could see Jenny or Conor on stage, but mostly I saw his sweaty head and back. Whatever, at least I could hear well...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2009 11:52 AM

Anyone see that guy who was high off his ass on (I'm assuming acid) that kept pushing through everyone in the beginning and ending of each song? He was wearing a black tank top and no shoes. He literally like smacked me in the face at least 3 times.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2009 11:54 AM

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