Billy Strings will celebrate the music and spiritual openness of the Grateful Dead with a six-night run of virtual shows from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY next month, the venue announced on Wednesday.
Presented as The Déjà Vu Experiment, the run of shows scheduled for February 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, and 24th will stream in real-time exclusively on FANS. The first and final nights of the run will be shown for free via The Relix Channel on Twitch (donations encouraged) while the shows on February 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd on FANS will be ticketed at $19.99 (advance) or $24.99 (day of show) or $59.99 for all four nights. Each webcast is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET and run until 11:30 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to benefit the Grateful Dead’s The Rex Foundation and Backline.
A statement shared with the announcement on Wednesday offers further insight into how Strings and his band will look to channel the same mystic energies which the Grateful Dead also attempted during their own six-show run in 1971:
It is no coincidence that these dates coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary 6-night run at The Cap in 1971. With a nod to those historic shows, Billy Strings will perform “The Deja Vu Experiment” in which the band hopes to tap into the musicianship and fearlessness that the Grateful Dead did 50 years ago, unlocking improvisational boundaries of music and psychedelia in a familiar yet unique way.
The Deja Vu Experiment is aiming to similarly tap into a sense of clairvoyance and togetherness by asking the streaming audience to use their minds to collectively “see” and send imagery to special guest receivers.
It was during these iconic concerts at The Cap that the Dead teamed up with Dr. Stanley Krippner for an extrasensory perception (ESP) experiment. Throughout the six concerts, Krippner used the audience of 2,000 Deadheads to study the effects of “mind to mind transmissions.” Each night, attendees were shown a slide that they were instructed to “send” to English psychic subject Malcolm Bessent, who was asleep across town at the Maimonides Dream Laboratory in Brooklyn.
While Krippner and his team noted early on that the already-altered state of many of the attendees had an adverse effect on the study’s outcome, the incident still went down as yet another watershed moment in Grateful Dead history which proved the band’s commitment to pushing the bounds of conventional music.
For more reference to the Dead’s February 1971 performances at The Cap, fans should revisit the band’s February 18th show which was included on RHINO’s 2020 50th-anniversary reissue of American Beauty.
Advance tickets for the virtual concerts are now on sale here.
ANNOUNCE 🔮 We’re heading to the @capitoltheatre for a 6-night live stream beginning Feb 18! The first + final night will be free to watch via @RelixMag on @Twitch 👁🗨 The other 4 nights are ON SALE NOW via @fansbelonghere.
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— Billy Strings (@BillyStrings) January 13, 2021