The Decemberists

20 Years Before The Mast: The Decemberists 20th Anniversary Tour

Date:
August 18, 2021
Location:
Wang Theatre
Please be advised that THE DECEMBERISTS originally scheduled for the Wang Theatre on August 19, 2020 has been rescheduled to a new date, August 18, 2021. Your original tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date - August 18, 2021. Ticket holders will receive an email advising them that refunds will be available for a 30-day window, with instructions on how to secure their refund. Refunds will be issued for the ticket price plus applicable service charges. In addition, customers will be advised that if they do not elect a refund within the 30-day window, their tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. If you purchased tickets with cash in person at the Box Office, you will need to bring your tickets as proof of purchase to the box office to receive your refund. At this time, our box office is closed due to the state mandate to close all non-essential businesses. We will be able to issue an in-person refund as soon as we are allowed to re-open. To contact Ticketmaster customer service for any other questions, please call 800-982-2787.

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About the Show

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.

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Wang Theatre

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.

Wang Theatre
  • 270 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Capacity 3500

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