Billy Strings Announces ‘The Déjà Vu Experiment’ Livestream Series
By Scott Bernstein Jan 13, 2021 • 9:09 am PST
Next month, Billy Strings will take the stage at the historic The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York for the six-night livestream series “The Déjà Vu Experiment.” The dates — February 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 & 24 — align with the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s famed 1971 run at the venue. Each performance will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with the first and last night airing for free through The Relix Channel on Twitch. FANS will broadcast the other four livestream concerts on a pay-per-view basis with a portion of proceeds going towards Backline and The Rex Foundation.
The Grateful Dead pulled off a series of ESP Experiments during their six-night February 1971 run at The Cap. Billy will honor the Dead with a similar experiment in which he will ask the streaming audience “‘to collectively see’ and send imagery to special guest receivers,” as per an announcement of the series. Head to Strings’ website for more details on the experiments.
“Inviting Billy to perform the same six dates that the Dead played in 1971 was in our mind from the beginning, more than a year ago,” The Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro said. “He personifies the idea of taking genres of music like Bluegrass and Rock and Roll and pushing their boundaries into new areas, in a similar way that Jerry Garcia did 50 years ago. I am super excited for what is going to happen, it feels like a good moment to have a Déjà Vu Experiment.”
Each of the performances will be held without an audience at the venue, where the band and essential on-site crew will undergo daily temperature and health checks. Tickets for the middle four shows of “The Déjà Vu Experiment” are on sale now at FANS.