The Decemberists Wow Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre (FILTER Exclusive)
By Mario Morales on February 14, 2011
Portland, Oregon based Indie/folk band and recent Yo Gabba Gabba contributors, The Decemberists, played the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, on Saturday evening to an energetic sold out audience.
The show started with a witty mood-setter recorded voiceover introduction by Portland mayor, Sam Adams. Right after pumping up the crowd with the grand intro, the band did not waste any time providing their fans with an array of tunes from their most recent release, The King Is Dead. The crowd seemed filled with anticipation and pleased at the prospect of singer Colin Meloy and the selections of new material supported by tunes from their previous records.
I enjoyed this show from start to finish, making it difficult to pick specific highlights, but a few songs that stood out for me include “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”, “Calamity Song”, “Don’t Carry It All”, “The Rake’s Song”, and an entertaining, crowd participation sequence of “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” to end the first encore. Colin Meloy kept the crowd entertained between songs with plenty of stage banter, stories, and Los Angeles connected tales. To wrap up the So Cal-meets-the-woods concept, the band concluded with a second encore, “June Hymn,” “a song about summer, because it’s always summer here,” as Meloy pointed out before beginning the acoustic country ballad. As the final song concluded it was all smiles as the crowd shuffled out into the night, satisfying The Decemberists lovers consisting of long time passionate fans, newcomers, and everything else in between.
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