Deja Vu Night 3: Billy Strings Offers New Originals, Covers Old & In The Way and The String Cheese Incident at The Capitol Theatre
Photos by Jesse Faatz
Billy Strings continued to defy expectations for the third night of his crowdless Deja Vu Experiment livestream run at The Capitol Theatre, keeping fans on their toes with covers and even more new material.
The Saturday night gig saw the rising bluegrass star and his band debut two new songs – a set one arrival dubbed “Leaders” and a set two offering called “Show Me The Door” – as well as cover a wide variety of his personal inspirations.
Pulling from the country-jam world, Strings served up the Old & In The Way classic “Lonesome LA Cowboy” early on, and was sure to nod to the Cap’s Grateful Dead roots with a mid-set “Mr. Charlie,” continuing a string of Dead covers set up on night one and night two.
Strings also thanked fans for their online participation during the run, saying to the virtual gathering, “After the show [the band and I] go on the bus and look and see you all dancing in your living room and your dogs and your pets and children dancing around the living room. It’s really beautiful to see. So thank you for that.”
Of course, there was also plenty of old school bluegrass as well, with a set-closing one-two segue from The Dillards’ “Ernest T. Glass” into the traditional “Little Maggie,” and keen-eared jam fans also noted a set-two jamgrass opener of the String Cheese Incident favorite “Black Clouds.”
Other set two highlights included Bela Fleck’s “Slipstream,” jammed into the Garcia/Grisman favorite “Dreadful Wind & Rain,” the aforementioned “Show Me The Door” debut and a closing take on John Hartford’s “All Fall Down.”
Billy Strings’ Deja Vu continues tonight – Sunday, Feb. 21.
View the whole setlist, a video sneak peek and photo selects from the evening below:
Feb. 20, 2021
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY
Set I: Running, Lonesome LA Cowboy, Big Mon , Remember You Love In My Prayers, Mr. Charlie, Rundown, Leaders^, Blue Mule, Ernest T. Grass > Little Maggie
Set II: Black Clouds, Slipstream > Dreadful Wind & Rain, I’ve Been All Around This World, Show Me The Door^, Hobo Song, Train Train, All Fall Down