The Decemberists will celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band by hitting the road this summer for their North American tour.
The tour will kick off on 28 July in Missoula, Missouri before wrapping up at the famous Ryman Auditorium on 22 August.
“Twenty years ago, in a basement practice space in Portland, Oregon, a bunch of musicians threw together under the name The December Brides, a name that lasted only a few hours before it was marginally improved to The Decemberists,” said Decemberists singer Colin Meloy in a statement.
He added, “In the intervening years, that band has made nine records, six EPs, innumerable singles, a board game, and enough t-shirts, hoodies, and onesies to clothe a continent. On such occasions, it seems fitting to throw some kind of party. And so we’re heading out on the road, we Decemberists, to celebrate the work we’ve made over the last two decades – playing the hits, naturally, but digging into the deep cuts as well. It’ll be a kind of retrospective journey. Come along with us!”
“We’ll be indulging liberally in the discography from every era of the band, from the indie to the outie, from the DIY (Do It Yourself) days to the SEDIFY (Someone Else Does It For You) days -– the hits, the not-so-hits, and the ones in between. Every era of Colin’s facial hair will be well-represented, have no fear!”
In celebration of our two decades on the planet, The Decemberists are heading out on the road this summer, playing songs from every corner of the discography. Our good friends Fruit Bats are opening. Come on out and ring in our vicennial! pic.twitter.com/mASwEUiEDb
— The Decemberists (@TheDecemberists) February 11, 2020
Joining The Decemberists on tour is Chicago folk-rock favourites Fruit Bats. Tickets will be available through a fan pre-sale starting today, followed by the general public on Friday, 14 February. One dollar from each ticket sold will go towards “non-profits that are working to transform the accessibility and infrastructure around voting policy and procedure” via PLUS1.
Visit the official artist site for details and view the confirmed itinerary below.
July 28 – KettleHouse Amphitheater @ Missoula, MT
July 29 – Paramount Theater @ Seattle, WA
July 31 – Edgefield @ Troutdale, OR
Aug. 1 – Edgefield @ Troutdale, OR
Aug. 3 – The Mountain Winery @ Saratoga, CA (on-sale TBA)
Aug. 4 – The Wiltern @ Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 6 – Gallivan Center-Twilight Concert Series @ Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 7 – The Mission Ballroom @ Denver, CO
Aug. 8 – CrossroadsKC @ Kansas City, MO (support TBA)
Aug. 10 – Surly Brewing Co @ Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 11 – Auditorium Theatre @ Chicago, IL
Aug. 14 – Roy Thompson Hall @ Toronto, ON
Aug. 15 – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards @ LaFayette, NY
Aug. 16 – Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts @ Vienna, VA (on-sale Feb. 22)
Aug. 18 – The Met Philadelphia @ Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 19 – The Boch Center-Shubert Theatre @ Boston, MA
Aug. 20 – Central Park SummerStage @ New York, NY
Aug. 22 – Ryman Auditorium @ Nashville, TN
With Fruit Bats*
*With the exception of Kansas City