Judging by this pic- it was a good show. David Chiu reports….

Foto by David Chiu

Foto by David Chiu

We couldn’t ask for a better situation: Battery Park on July 4th, great sunny weather after a month of rain, and the music of Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis. In what has been a July 4th concert tradition at the park, both artists played a free show to a huge crowd on Saturday, and the combined performances were nothing short of driving and passionate rock. With his talented Mystic Valley Band, Oberst rocked the crowd with his set. Fusing roots rock sensibiliy with the literary ambitions of Dylan and the passion of Springsteen, Oberst delivered. He began with the crowd-pleasing “Souled Out!” and also played some lovely contemplative and somewhat somber tunes such as “Moab,” “Ten Women” and “Cape Canaveral,” one of the show’s standout performances. The final songs in the encore, including the punkish “I Don’t’ Want to Die in a Hospital,” ended the show on an electrifying note.

Opening act Jenny Lewis delivered her brand of roots music that included songs from her most recent solo album Acid Tongue as well as some tracks from 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat. Emerging on stage wearing the American flag as a cape, Lewis opened her set with “See Fernando,” a track that evoked both a Tex Mex/skiffle feel, followed by the soulful “Jack Killed His Mom,” and the radio-friendly “Carpetbaggers.” A highlight occurred when Oberst and his guitarist Nik Freitas joined Lewis and her band for a rendition of The Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care.”