Decemberists at Prospect Park Bandshell

Colin Meloy and friends shook off dreary weather to play a two-hour set in front of an adoring crowd at Prospect Park.

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Colin Meloy, John Moen and Chris Funk of the Decemberists perform at Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday night.
The band took to the stage around 9 p.m. for a two-hour set that included eight tracks from their newest album, The King is Dead.
The show was the first in a series of five benefit concerts to be held at Prospect Park for the summer-long Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.
Promising to start off with a "summer song," Meloy and bassist Nate Query perform "July, July!" from their 2002 debut Castaways and Cutouts.
Meloy dedicated the band's apocalyptic "Calamity Song" to the Michelle Bachman campaign, something he's done at multiple recent tour stops.
Sara Watkins, left, stood in for longtime Decemberists multi-instrumentalist Jenny Conlee, who left the tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer but is expected to recover.
The band played a total of 20 songs, including two encores, that covered their discography and included a cover of the Fruit Bats' "When U Love Somebody."
Meloy, a loose and personable onstage presence, cued up the weather-appropriate "The Raincoat Song" for the band's first encore.
The band broke out into an acoustic jam session during their hit "The Chimbley Sweep," which Meloy jokingly called "an autobiographical story."
During "The Rake's Song," from their rock opera The Hazards of Love, Meloy requested from the stage that he be "bathed" in red light.
The Prospect Park crowd, which had thinned out because of steady rain during opener Best Coast's set, reemerged as the clouds parted and the Decemberists appeared.
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