Cooperstown is the place to be this weekend, between it being the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend, and indie rock gods The Decemberists gracing us with their presence at Brewery Ommegang. With plenty of activities to choose from this weekend, checking out the legendary Decemberists on Sunday should definitely be on your radar. Brewery Ommegang provides an ideal setting to listen to some amazing tunes while taking in the gorgeous scenery that makes up the Leatherstocking region of our fine State, while having the opportunity to sample food from a variety of local vendors, and drink some of the best beer around, brewed right there on site.
An American indie rock band based out of Portland, Oregon, The Decemberists quirky sound is definitely born from its surroundings. Known for their bold lyrics, often based on historic myths and folklore, this band can produce both in the studio and during their live performances. Returning from a several year hiatus, The Decemberists have had ample time to focus on recording their latest album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which comes from a more personal side of the band’s primary songwriter Colin Meloy, having had more time during the band’s break to spend with his family and even write a bestselling children’s book trilogy. Joining Meloy on guitar and lead vocals will be fellow band mates Chris Funk on guitars, Jenny Conlee on keyboards, Nate Query on bass, and John Moen on drums. Refreshed and ready to go after their sabbatical, Sunday’s show is sure to be raging. One never knows what to expect from these guys, so don’t be surprised if you encounter a reenactment of an agent sea battle or some other equally eccentric incident. The Decemberists will be joined by very special guest Lucius, the Brooklyn-based indie pop band that has become a legend in its own right, known for its awe-inspiring harmonies and percussive beats that will keep you dancing all night long.
The show will be starting at 7:00 p.m., with the gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Camping is available onsite, which is an especially appealing option for those who are planning on imbibing Ommegang’s extremely tasty but strong beer. Tickets for this event cost $36 in advance, or $51 with camping pass included, so grab your tickets today. And while you’re in the area, why not make a weekend out of it and check out some of the other fun events happening in Cooperstown surrounding Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Information can be found Otsego County Tourism’s website. The Decemberists will be touring extensively throughout the US and Canada, with dates announced through October. Go to the band’s website for additional information and for a preview of some tunes off their new album.