'Decemberists Day' honors famous Portland rock band – kgw.com

Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff 2:03 p.m. PST January 20, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — A famous alternative rock band with roots in Portland got a special honor from the city Tuesday, when Mayor Charlie Hales proclaimedJanuary 20th, 2015 “Decemberists Day.”

The mayor made an official proclamation and then the popular band held a live concert for fans at City Hall. The performance also included the unveiling of a collaborative art piece created by 50 Portland artists and small businesses.

The band tweeted about the big event and also gushed about it on the The Decemberists website.

“If you’re a local, we’d love to see you at the ceremony,” the band said, in the online statement. “Be sure to arrive at the City Hall atrium by 2 p.m. sharp for the proclamation (penned by Lemony Snicket).”

All the excitement and fanfare coincides with The Decemberists’ release of a new album – their first in four years. The new album, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” is now available in stores and on iTunes.

(Check out the official Decemberists Day Portland proclamation below.)

The last time The Decemberists released an album was in 2011. It featured live performances from across America, including two shows from McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater in Troutdale. That album was titled “We All Raise Our Voices To The Air.” (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)

Their 2011 album, “The King Is Dead” debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 for the first time in the band’s history and included hits “Down By The Water” and “This Is Why We Fight.”

The Decemberists are one of the most famous bands to come out of Portland and formed in 2000.

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