Ticket Karma & The Decemberists at the Beacon Theatre

Last weekend I had an extra comp to Doctor Zhivago on Broadway that I gave an elderly man about 30 minutes before the show. What I call “Ticket Karma” is the fact that doing something nice regarding tickets often leads to people doing nice things for you, regarding tickets. So yes, I give credit to Ticket Karma for my landing a free orchestra, row B ticket to a sold out concert with The Decemberists at the Beacon Theatre on Monday night. 

Years ago I downloaded “The Rake’s Song” from a Starbucks drop card and loved it (even when I listened to the lyrics and realized what the song was really about, I still loved it). I bought the entire album (The Hazards of Love) off iTunes and loved the way it was basically a folk rock opera. I heard they were playing in New York but, like usual, completely zoned out on the date they were going on sale so I missed that completely. But I made a sign saying “Needs 1 Ticket” and stood outside the Beacon before the show. I was offered several different tickets for face value but in pretty shitty seats in the lodge or whatnot. I decided to hold out and I’m glad I did because soon after a gentleman came walking away from the box office and asked, “You need one ticket?” and I nodded and he handed me one and walked away. I looked at it and it was row B of the orchestra. Holy shit, I thought. I thanked him and walked in right behind him, still stunned.

I listened to the opening band, Always, from the lobby because they were kind of loud and terrible. I sipped a beer and stared at my ticket before the opener was done and The Decemberists took the stage.

I admittedly knew none of The Decemberists’ music besides The Hazards of Love, but I loved everything I heard. Their music is great and their talent is enormous. Everyone was on their feet when they played from The Hazards of Love though and eventually ended that portion of the show with The Rake’s Song, during which I lost my shit. 

I had such a good time and I will definitely be back. I totally want to see them at Governor’s Ball this summer. If you get a chance to see them, do it! 


The Rake Song

The Hazards of Love