Les Schwab Amphitheater bolsters 2011 lineup with shows by The Decemberists, Ween

Monday, March 7th, 2011, 8:02 am by Ben Salmon

We already know that Death Cab for Cutie is kicking off the 2011 Bend Summer Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater, and over the weekend, word came from Marney Smith, the amphitheater’s manager, of two more dates:

May 29 — The Decemberists, Rodrigo y Gabriela (and possibly another support act to be announced)
July 2 — Ween

I believe more details, such as ticket prices, on-sale dates, etc., are coming later today, and I’ll add them here when I get them. You can also keep up with the info at the amphitheater’s website.

The Decemberists show means two of Memorial Day weekend’s three nights are officially booked, leaving only Saturday night to fill (if it can be filled at all). Given that all the Memorial Day acts so far have been bands traveling to or from the Sasquatch music festival in Washington, and considering (1) which Sasquatch bands can headline the Schwab and which can’t, and (2) who’s playing what night up there at the fest, I think we can narrow Saturday’s potential headliners down to: The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Modest Mouse and Foo Fighters.

You know my vote.

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3 Responses to “Les Schwab Amphitheater bolsters 2011 lineup with shows by The Decemberists, Ween”

  1. Ben Salmon says:


    “I think we can narrow Saturday’s potential headliners down to: The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Modest Mouse and Foo Fighters.”

    Out of those, The Flaming Lips are the one I’m hoping for. I’m a bigger fan of Wilco, but I’ve seen them once, and I’ve never seen the Flaming Lips. I’d still be super-stoked on seeing Wilco again though. Foo Fighters, yeah, would definitely check that out. Modest Mouse, I’d be on the fence about. I like them, and in all fairness I get the impression that I was in the vast minority, but I felt a bit underwhelmed with their set. I was there mainly for The Breeders, anyway. Plus of course, with the National, Modest Mouse ended up my least favorite of the evening. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Modest Mouse, I’m glad I saw them, and I’d consider seeing them again if they came, but I’d be way, way more excited if The Breeders and The National were to come back instead and do a co-headlining show where they both get full sets. Heck, I’d be the first in line. What would be kinda funny though, is if Modest Mouse had another opener that I couldn’t miss. Book MM with Guided By Voices opening, and yeah, I’ll definitely be there.

    Ween is possibly great news. On their A game, they’re one of the best live bands around. If memory serves, you reviewed their last show here and enjoyed it but weren’t especially blown away? That was a good show, but it wasn’t at all on the same level as the first show they played here.

    • Ben Salmon says:

      Here’s my take, Scott:

      The Lips are playing “The Soft Bulletin” at Sasquatch. So I think it’s safe to assume they’d do the same thing here, if booked.

      If that were the case, they would be my second choice, after Foo Fighters. (My reasons for choosing Foo Fighters — big rock band, big rock star! — are linked in the post above.)

      The Lips are a solid rock band. But they are not quite a “big” rock band like the Foos. This is no judgment of quality for either band; I like more Lips music over the past decade than Foo music. I just think the Foos would be a great “get” for the Schwab.

      All that said, I would love to see the Lips do “Bulletin” in its entirety. If they weren’t going to do that, Wilco would be my second choice, and the Lips would fall to the bottom of the list, after Modest Mouse. The main factor there being that I’ve seen all three of those bands at the Schwab in the past 3 or so years, and Wilco was by far the best in that setting.

      As for Ween, you’re right, I did review it. (Link below.) I enjoyed it. I thought they started off a little slow but got much better and more rockin’ / psychedelic / weird / heavy / etc. as the night went on, which was a good thing.

      Here’s my full review of that show: http://url.bb/ecvbkO

      Two other quick notes:

      1) I’d love to see The National come back and headline. And The Breeders blew me away that day, too, much to my surprise.

      2) Speaking of GBV, I actually had a post percolating in my brain that would have proposed an “I Love ’90s Indie Rock” night at the Schwab, with the Lips/”Bulletin” headlining, and support by GBV and Archers of Loaf. That would be awesome.

  2. Shannon says:

    I hope they pull in the Lips. The Soft Bulletin would be pretty unique show to the typical confetti ADD show The Lips have done (I saw them twice in 2010 — Austin and Eugene).

    As much of a Wilco Fan Girl I am, I would rather see them again after their new album is released which is the end of 2011. I like Wilco the Album but I’ve seen the tour twice now. That doesn’t mean I’m bummed not to see them at the Gorge and I would be super duper excited to see them in Bend.

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