Please be advised that THE DECEMBERISTS rescheduled for the Wang Theatre on Wednesday- August 18, 2021 has been cancelled. Refunds are available at your point of purchase. All online and phone purchases via Ticketmaster will be refunded automatically to the original credit card used, as well as any purchases with a credit card in person at the box office. Please note that there will be a delay in refunds with Ticketmaster due to the volume of requests they have right now across the country.
We will be able to issue refunds for patrons that purchased their tickets with cash at the box office as soon as we are allowed to re-open. We appreciate your patience. To contact Ticketmaster customer service, please call 800-982-2787.
The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and performers are of the utmost importance to us. This is a unique time in our community and we appreciate your understanding of this matter. With the changing nature of the response to coronavirus, please check our emails, social accounts, and visit https://www.bochcenter.org/COVID19 for updates.
The arts are fundamental to a healthy community. While the full financial impact of COVID-19 is to be determined, we know we will be impacted in unprecedented ways. We are also confident that with your ongoing support we will emerge from this with a renewed resilience and unwavering commitment to bringing the very best live entertainment and award-winning free arts programs to the community. Please consider supporting the arts, education, and live performance through a donation at https://www.bochcenter.org/donate.
We will be open soon! Please be safe and stay healthy.
20 Years Before The Mast: The Decemberists 20th Anniversary Tour will take the Boch Center Wang Theatre stage August 18.
For 20 years The Decemberists have been one of the most original, daring, and thrilling American rock
bands. Founded in the year 2000 when singer, songwriter, and guitarist Colin Meloy moved from Montana
to Portland, Oregon and met bassist Nate Query, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, and guitarist Chris Funk, The
Decemberists’ distinctive brand of hyperliterate folk-rock set them apart from the start with the release
of their debut EP 5 Songs in 2001. After making their full-length debut with Castaways and Cutouts in
2002, the band signed with Kill Rock Stars for the release of the acclaimed albums Her Majesty the
Decemberists (2003) and Picaresque (2005), which was produced by Chris Walla. The 2004 EP The Tain –
an 18-minute single-track epic – made the band’s grand creative ambitions clear.
Around this time the band’s permanent line-up fell into place with the arrival of drummer John Moen,
and they made the unexpected leap to Capitol Records for their first major label album in 2006. Fans’
concerns of whether the band would alter their trademark sound quickly vanished when they delivered
their most ambitious and audacious record to date in The Crane Wife, a song cycle produced by Walla and
Tucker Martine (who would become a longtime creative partner) that added elements of ‘70s prog, hard
rock and even quasi-disco to their palette. The album was met by wide acclaim from The New York Times,
Rolling Stone, SPIN, Stereogum, and was named Best New Music by Pitchfork.
Three years later, The Hazards of Love – a full-length concept album based on Meloy’s idea for a stage
musical - was a Top 20 hit. In 2011, they topped themselves yet again with their first #1 album, The King
Is Dead, which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “Down By The Water.” After their 2015 album
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which included the #1 AAA radio hit “Make You Better,”
The Decemberists changed up their sound and explored new approaches to making music on their eighth
studio album I’ll Be Your Girl (2018) with producer John Congleton. NPR Music wrote “Every band needs
to refresh and reconsider its sound sooner or later, no matter how sharp it's gotten over the course of a
long career — even The Decemberists, a band whose records have always come bursting with verve... I'll
Be Your Girl captures a collaborative spirit that keeps the band sounding vibrant and alive.”
Over the past 20 years The Decemberists have toured the world, performed at countless major festivals,
and even founded Travelers’ Rest a festival of their own curation in Missoula, Montana. The band has
appeared on The Simpsons, collaborated with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, and released their own
crowd-funded board game Illimat.
Plan Your Evening
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, developing from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands, to today’s role as an impressive venue for world-class theatre, music, Broadway, and dance.