Portland, OR declares ‘Decemberist Day’

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Today sees the release of The Decemberists’ first album in four years, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. In celebration, the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon has declared today, January 20th, 2015, as “Decemberists Day.”

According to Mayor Charlie Hales’ official proclamation (which you can read below), The Decemberists “embody the Portland values of passion, engagement, and communitarianism with the Portland aesthetic of homegrown, forthright, slightly hippie, and often bespectacled glory.” The proclamation will be presented to the band during a ceremony at city hall scheduled for 2:00pm today. The ceremony will also include a performance from the band as well as the unveiling of a collaborative art piece inspired by The Decemberists that was created by 50 local Portland artists and small business.

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And speaking of live performances, The Decemberists have expanded their upcoming tour schedule. New additions to the itinerary include a May 27th date at Red Rocks, which they’ll co-headline with Spoon. See all the band’s confirmed dates below.

The Decemberists 2015 Tour Dates:
02/11 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
02/13 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
02/14 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
02/16 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
02/17 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
02/18 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
02/20 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall
02/21 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
02/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/24 – Brussels, BE @ AB
02/25 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
02/26 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
02/28 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
03/01 – Milan, IT @ Magazzini Generali
03/21 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium ^
03/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium *
03/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater *
03/27 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
03/28 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
03/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center *
04/01 – Buffalo, NY @ UB Center for the Arts *
04/03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
04/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
04/06 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
04/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music *
04/09 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore *
04/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
04/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
04/12 – Knoxville, TN @ Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival
04/13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
04/29 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Performing Arts Center
04/30 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre
05/01 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
05/02 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
05/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater %
06/05-07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
07/10 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield

^ = w/ The Minus 5
* = w/ Alvvays
% = w/ Spoon

[ article by Alex Young ]

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