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.
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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.
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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.
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Promising to start off with a "summer song," Meloy and bassist Nate Query perform "July, July!" from their 2002 debut Castaways and Cutouts.
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Meloy dedicated the band's apocalyptic "Calamity Song" to the Michelle Bachman campaign, something he's done at multiple recent tour stops.
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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.
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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."
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Meloy, a loose and personable onstage presence, cued up the weather-appropriate "The Raincoat Song" for the band's first encore.
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The band broke out into an acoustic jam session during their hit "The Chimbley Sweep," which Meloy jokingly called "an autobiographical story."
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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.
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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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