Jenny Conlee at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee WI, Feb 5 2011
  • Photo: CJ Foeckler
  • Jenny Conlee at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee WI, Feb 5 2011

Accordion and keyboard player (and Portlandia star!) Jenny Conlee is going to bow out from the nine May/June dates that the Decemberists have lined up—including their Bend show and Sasquatch! appearance—as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. Decemberists HQ just released this information, and rather than attempt to rehash it, it seems better to simply re-post it for you in full:

About a month ago, we all at Decemberists HQ got hit with some pretty hard news. Jenny Conlee, our since-the-very-beginning accordion and keyboard player and all-around rad person was diagnosed with breast cancer. If you or anyone in your world has been handed a similar diagnosis, you know what a bolt-out-of-the-blue this news can be.

The good news is that Jenny caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our Jenny as well as a lot of important recovery time.

So I’m writing this to say that, weighing our options, and with Jenny’s fervent blessings, we’ve decided to go forward with our scheduled tour dates this spring and summer.

What we know now: Jenny will very likely miss all nine of our concerts in May and June. We're all hoping that her recovery will be such that she'll be able to get back on board as soon as possible.

And now, a note from Jenny:

Hello to Everyone,

I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer. It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support! See you soon!

Lots of love,
Jenny

Thanks for everyone’s understanding during this crazy time.

Yours,
Colin Meloy
The Decemberists

Best wishes to Conlee for a very speedy recovery. Decemberists tour dates after the jump.

WITHOUT JENNY CONLEE:
May 29, 2011 Les Schwab Amphitheater (Bend, OR)
May 30, 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival (Quincy, WA)
June 9, 2011 - June 12, 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester, TN)
June 11, 2011 Raleigh Amphitheatre (Raleigh, NC)
June 13, 2011 Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)
June 14, 2011 Celebrate Brooklyn — Prospect Park Bandshell (Brooklyn, NY)
June 15, 2011 Academy of Music (Philadelphia, PA)
June 16, 2011 State Theatre (Portland, ME)
June 18, 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO)

WITH JENNY CONLEE!!
July 19, 2011 Britt Pavilion (Jacksonville, OR)
July 20, 2011 Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise, ID)
July 22, 2011 Big Sky Brewery (Missoula, MT)
July 25, 2011 Aragon Ballroom (Chicago, IL)
July 26, 2011 Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (Cleveland, OH)
July 27, 2011 Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI)
July 29, 2011 Borgata Event Center (Atlantic City, NJ)
July 30, 2011 Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
July 31, 2011 Mountain Park (Holyoke, MA)
August 1, 2011 Artpark (Lewiston, NY)
August 3, 2011 nTelos Wireless Pavilion (Charlottesville, VA)
August 4, 2011 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music (Cincinnati, OH)
August 5, 2011 The Lawn @ White River State Park (Indianapolis, IN)
August 8, 2011 Stubb’s (Austin, TX)
August 11, 2011 Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ)
August 12, 2011 Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
August 13, 2011 Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA)