Young picker William Apostol, better known as Billy Strings, is currently in the midst of a busy summer tour schedule. On Wednesday, July 25th, Strings brought his youthful four-piece to Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Prescott Park, the waterfront space complete with beautiful flower gardens and rabbits hopping through the crowd. The park’s stage was also set up for a play that’s currently running at the venue, so Billy and company delivered their two-set performance in front of a Dr. Seuss-like cartoon castle set.

While tickets to the performance were free of charge, forecasts of rain kept the crowd on the smaller side. However, the rain ended up holding off, and those brave enough to bet against the weathermen were treated to a characteristically impressive performance from the 25-year-old Michigan native. In addition to a large selection of his original material and select covers, Strings’ New Hampshire performance included a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Me & My Uncle” as well as a pronounced “Dark Star” jam during the second set.

Billy and his band have a handful of summer dates left, beginning today with a set at Twiddle‘s Tumble Down festival in Burlington, VT. Billy Strings has no plans to slow down after his summer tour. He recently released an extensive list of fall tour dates that will keep him on the road from the end of September through the beginning of December. For a full list of Billy Strings’ upcoming tour dates, head over to his official website.

Watch fan-shot, side stage footage of Billy Strings’ “Streamlined Cannonball” encore below:

Billy Strings – “Streamlined Cannonball” [Roy Acuff cover]

[Video: Jim Bauw]

You can view a gallery of photos from Billy Strings’ Wednesday, July 25th performance at Portsmouth, NH’s Prescott Park below via photographer Vic Brazen (@wnwmedia)

Setlist: Billy Strings | Prescott Park | Portsmouth, NH | 7/25/18

Set One: Home of the Red Fox > Airmail Special, Turmoil & Tinfoil, While I’m Waiting Here > Pyramid Country > Train Train

Set Two: Dust in a Baggie > So Many Miles, Ernest T. Grass > Hobo Song, New Camptown Races > Unwanted Love > New Camptown Races, Meet Me at the Creek, Me & My Uncle > Living Like an Animal

Encore: Streamlined Cannonball