The Marcus King Band blew a Southern breeze through Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre this past weekend for a pair of weekend concerts. Eponymous bandleader Marcus King brought with him his backing band, sporting the recent addition of second guitarist Drew Smithers (Bishop Gunn).

The past couple years have seen a few lineup changes from MKB, dating back to the 2020 departure of saxophonist Dean Mitchell. During the pandemic, King continued to experiment with his group’s format as he took the Marcus King Trio—featuring drummer Jack Ryan and bassist Stephen Campbell—on the road for a number of drive-in concerts.

Smithers’ addition to the Marcus King Band presents just the latest in a series of artistic evolutions. At the center of it all is King, the former child guitar prodigy now embarking into adulthood at 25-years-old. While his name may grace the marquee, it’s the musicians that surround him who bring his unique blend of Southern blues to life.

Friday’s show saw King pay tribute to classic influences like Willie DixonThe TemptationsGene McDaniels, and more while Saturday witnessed the fiery guitar player honoring the Southern rock greats like The Allman Brothers Band, with both “Mountain Jam” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, and The Marshall Tucker Band, with the show-closing “Can’t You See”.

Scroll down to check out a gallery of images from The Marcus King Band at The Capitol Theatre courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein, as well as a collection of fan-shot videos. The Marcus King Band’s next show is tomorrow, March 8th, for the first of two nights at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT. For tickets and a full list of tour dates click here.

The Marcus King Band – “Blood on the Tracks” – 3/4/22

[Video: Bob Smithers]

The Marcus King Band – “Virginia” – 3/4/22

[Video: Bob Smithers]

The Marcus King Band – “Compared To What” (Gene McDaniels) – 3/4/22

[Video: Bob Smithers]

The Marcus King Band – “Turn It Up”, “Mountain Jam” (The Allman Brothers Band) – 3/5/22

[Video: Bob Smithers]

The Marcus King Band – “Rita Is Gone” – 3/5/22

[Video: Stephen Bradley]

The Marcus King Band – “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” (The Allman Brothers Band) – 3/5/22

[Video: jackstrawfromwichita]

The Marcus King Band – “Can’t You See” (The Marshall Tucker Band) – 3/5/22

[Video: Stephen Bradley]

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Setlist: The Marcus King Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/4/22

Set: Pain, Blood on the Tracks, Virginia, Honey > I Can’t Quit Ya > Sexy Ida (Ike & Tina Turner) > Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (The Temptations), How Long, I Just Want to Make Love to You (Willie Dixon) > Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon), Rescue Me, Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith), Autumn Rains, Fraudulent Waffle, No Pain, Good N Gone, Many Rivers to Cross (Jimmy Cliff), Confessions, Compared to What (Gene McDaniels), Lie Lie Lie

Encore: Goodbye Carolina, Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

Setlist: The Marcus King Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/5/22

Set: Too late, Hard Working Man, Turn It Up, Mountain Jam (The Allman Brothers Band), Beautiful Stranger, One Day She’s Here, ?,  Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues (Danny O’Keefe), Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings), Too Much Whiskey, Thespian Espionage, Rita Is Gone, Homesick, Always, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (The Allman Brothers Band), Wildflowers & Wine, The Well

Encore: Goodbye Carolina, Can’t You See (The Marshall Tucker Band)