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The Decemberists play Bedstock.

How do the Decemberists sound when they’re playing music in bed? What does Cheryl Strayed like to read in her hotel bedroom? The answers are found at Bedstock, an annual online festival created here in Portland for sick kids spending the holiday season in hospital beds that kicks off today.

A Portland project created by the Children’s Cancer Association, the second ever Bedstock consists of videos of musicians all playing from their beds, with a line-up that includes Sallie Ford, the Von Trapps, Sevyn Streeter, X-Ambassadors, and more. This year also includes a new "writer’s stage" boasting Jon Klassen, Chelsea Cain, Carson Ellis, and Matt Fraction among others.

Bedstock 2015 is launching to coincide with Giving Tuesday and raise funds for MyMusicRX, which brings music to kids and teens fighting cancer and other serious illnesses.

Last year’s inaugural Bedstock brought together 22 artists and raised thousands of dollars, with over 40 artists participating this year.

“Bedstock is a perfect expression of our passionate belief that joy matters and music heals,” says Regina Ellis, Founder and CEO of the Children’s Cancer Association. “It’s a playful yet incredibly powerful way for artists and their fans to join us in making a difference in the lives of hospitalized children across the country.”

Here's a sneak peak of the Decemberists' Bedstock performance. For more musical and literary delights, check out Bedstockfest.com.

 

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