Saddle Creek star Conor Oberst has gone on the record with several protest efforts recently, including the cancellation of Arizona tour dates in support of Zach De la Rocha's Sound Strike efforts. That's not enough, though: Oberst resurrecting his old bands, Desparecidos and Bright Eyes, in order to rally some support against Fremont, Nebraska's recent immigration laws, which bear a frightening similarity to Arizona's SB1070.
Tim Kasher (my bad, Ted Stevens) is on board, too, and he's bringing back Lullaby for the Working Class, and we'll bet that he'll pull out some back catalog of his current outfit, Cursive, too. The show is called the Concert for Equality, and it's in downtown Omaha on July 31.
A short history lesson: Desparecidos was a short-lived, angular, energetic post-hardcore band fronted by Oberst that lived -- and died -- in 2001 to 2002. Bright Eyes was Oberst's much longer-lived solo project that found the singer and songwriter catapulted to fame in the early aughts, and tapered off with the founding of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band in 2007. (This band is currently on hiatus as well.) Lullaby for the Working Class was a Lincoln band in the mid-to-late '90s, fronted by Tim Kasher, who later went on to found Cursive. It just released its most recently album, Mama I'm Swollen, in 2009, and the band was in Lawrence a couple months ago with Alkaline Trio.
In short: anyone who was or is a Saddle Creek freak should be at this show. All proceeds go to benefit the ACLU's effort to repeal the Fremont, Nebraska immigration laws.