The Decemberists, Live In Concert: Sasquatch 2011 Multi-instrumentalist Jenny Conlee wasn't expected to join the band only weeks after a breast-cancer diagnosis. She appeared nonetheless. On Memorial Day 2011, the band played songs old and new.

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Colin Meloy of The Decemberists performs at Sasquatch Music Festival 2011.

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Sasquatch Music Festival

The Decemberists, Live In Concert: Sasquatch 2011

The Decemberists must have brainstormed many ways to follow the massively ambitious, best-selling 2008 "folk opera" The Hazards of Love: After all, not every Decemberists album can feature a large supporting cast, interlocking narratives and a generous body count. The hyper-literate Portland, Ore., band made a canny move in simplifying its attack on this year's The King Is Dead, which focuses on Colin Meloy's gift for bright, infectious roots-folk songwriting.

Recorded live at The Gorge on Monday, May 30 as part of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival outside Seattle, Wash., The Decemberists' members made this appearance at a heady time: Multi-instrumentalist Jenny Conlee is only weeks removed from a breast-cancer diagnosis. She wasn't expected to tour with the band in May or June, but she nevertheless made the trip as she prepares to undergo further treatment.

Set List
  • The Infanta
  • Down By The Water
  • Calamity Song
  • Rox In The Box
  • Rise To Me
  • Won't Want For Love
  • The Crane Wife 3
  • Don't Carry It All
  • "Jazz-quatch" interlude
  • Your Love
  • The Rake's Song
  • The Mariner's Revenge Song
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