The Decemberists Returning for Benefit Show

The Decemberists Look Back to Roots for 'The King is Dead'

The Decemberists Look Back to Roots for 'The King is Dead'

After a lengthy hiatus, the Decemberists are getting back together to perform live in the band's homebase of Portland, Ore.

According to Rolling Stone, the folk-rock band will headline "V Is For Victory," a concert helping raise funds for an Oregon school for autistic students, this May. Sallie Ford will also perform.

During the performance, the five-piece will play its 2002 debut LP, "Castaways and Cutouts," in its entirety, before playing a second set featuring material spanning the rest of its discography.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Victory Academy, which is planned to be the "first K-12 accredited school for children affected by autism," reports Rolling Stone according to a press release.

The Decemberists Starting to Work on New Material

"Victory Academy is an important place, a positive educational environment for kids on the autism spectrum," band frontman Colin Meloy, whose son has high functioning autism, said in a statement. "In a public school system that is constantly failing its most vulnerable charges, we need more and better schools catering to the needs of autistic children. Victory is such a place."

Though it's unofficial at the moment, there's the chance the concert could feature new Decemberists material -- the first since 2011's Billboard 200 No. 1 "The King is Dead." Decemberists drummer John Moen told Billboard last May that the group was "starting very, very, very quietly and timidly recording," though he added then that it could be another year and a half before new material surfaced.

Meanwhile, Meloy has been working on his "Wildwood" children's book series, while the rest of the band performs in Black Prairie.

The concert will be held May 30 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets go on sale March 7 at 3 p.m. ET.


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