Billy Strings Adds New Tour Dates, Jams w/ Bob Weir, Les Claypool
We are living in the era of Billy Strings in bluegrass music, and it won’t be long before that is so self-evident it’s trite to say, and his popularity and influence spills over into the popular culture realm at large. Gone already are the days of seeing him in clubs or on side stages of festivals where you can stand six feet from the man himself, unless you get a lucky break like some fans did recently. And here shortly, Billy may beat all others in independent roots music to headlining arenas coast to coast.
In the meantime, you still have the opportunity to see Billy Strings in relatively intimate theaters if you’re lucky, and you should exploit that opportunity when it presents itself. Billy just added a bunch of new tour dates both in the east and out west for this summer, and even with multiple dates at some locations, these tickets WILL sell out. See all dates below.
Along with seeing Billy Strings accompanied by his amazing band of banjoist Billy Failing, bassist Royal Masat, and Jarrod Walker on mandolin, folks have seen him collaborate with many living legends of bluegrass like Del McCory and Bela Fleck, along with contemporaries such as Molly Tuttle, and even mainstream artists such as Luke Combs.
But recently Billy Strings checked off even more boxes on the bucket list, sitting in with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, joined by Les Claypool of Primus. Just like Jerry Garcia, Billy Strings has become a bridge between the bluegrass and jam band worlds, while still very much adhering to his bluegrass roots.
On February 28th, Billy Strings sat in with Bob Weir’s Wolf Bros. band including Don Was on bass at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, playing a pretty epic version of the “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” song cycle first captured on the Grateful Dead’s iconic live album Europe ’72 (see below). Also, Les Claypool of Primus showed up to spell Don Was for a song or two.
“I just wanna circle back and reiterate how fucking special and important this is to me and how grateful and lucky I feel to live this life,” Strings said later. “I played on stage last night with two of my biggest heroes. It feels unreal and sometimes I really do have to convince myself that I belong and pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I don’t know what else to say. I’m just happy as hell and grateful for all of the abundance of amazing people in my life. I don’t take this shit for granted.”
Neither do we, Billy. Neither do we.
Billy Strings Tour Dates
Previously-announced dates (most all sold out):
March 5—Madison, WI—The Sylvee
March 9—Cleveland, OH—KeyBank State Theatre
March 11—Cincinnati, OH—Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
March 12—Cincinnati, OH—Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
March 26—London, UK—Islington Assembly Hall
March 27—London, UK—Islington Assembly Hall
April 1-3—Olympic Valley, CA—WinterWonderGrass Tahoe
April 9—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
April 10—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
April 13—Santa Ana, CA—Observatory
April 15—Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl
April 16—San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
April 21—Houston, TX—713 Music Hall
April 22—Austin, TX—Moody Amphitheater
April 23—Dallas, TX—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
April 29—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
April 30—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 1—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 6—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
May 7—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
May 8—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
June 15 – Dayton, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
On Sale March 14th
August 26-28—Tisbury, MA—Beach Road Weekend
March 5, 2022 @ 11:18 am
Got tickets for nights 1 and 2 of St Augustine. Will be my first time seeing him. Might be the most excited I’ve ever been to see an artist for the first time.
John R Baker
March 5, 2022 @ 12:08 pm
I got tickets to the surprise Boston show coming up. My second and the first was really one of the best concerts I’ve seen. His bluegrass band is really also the best rock concert out there these days.
March 18, 2022 @ 12:26 pm
That show was f’in outrageous. 3rd timStre seeing him. Can’t wait for the 4th. He is definitely building Boston fan base. Great crowd too. I have a friend I took 70 years old. Absolutely loved it.. The many young females dancing around and just having a fun time, made the impression on him as well. LOL
March 5, 2022 @ 12:07 pm
Once you become a frenzy in the fans of Jam bands you are off to the races and riches. Good for Billy Strings, happy for him.
March 5, 2022 @ 12:35 pm
It should read June 29 – New York City, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17
March 5, 2022 @ 7:34 pm
Doesn’t sound good on electric at all
March 6, 2022 @ 4:17 pm
I saw him on electric with Billy and the Kids at Red Rocks. He sounded awesome as usual.
March 5, 2022 @ 7:56 pm
2nd time through, (hours later) seeing same thing as the 1st.
Sultry & Sensual guitar playing.
March 6, 2022 @ 6:14 am
There is no one else I would rather see live right now. I think of Billy’s rise as the modern day equivalent of what The Dead and their fans experienced in the late 60’s / early 70’s. It’s special and the fan base comes from all walks of life. There is a connection formed between Billy and his band and the crowd that is up lifting. And my goodness, they will take you on a musical journey. Go see him if you can.
March 6, 2022 @ 6:58 am
Northern California is calling you Billy Boy. No NorCal shows is a sin. So Cal dosnt deserve a Billy Strings Show. SweetWater was a surprise raffle only for tickets???
Come on Dude!!
Dan Da Hootenanny
March 7, 2022 @ 10:12 am
As a SoCal resident and talent buyer and producer of bluegrass events I can promise you SoCal deserves Billy Strings. Why on earth would you assume SoCal does not deserve a Billy Strings show? I hope you were being sarcastic.
March 8, 2022 @ 10:49 am
Really man..? It doesn’t take anything but a level head to see that our NoCal friend here isn’t exactly about to give a TED Talk presentation on the topic… lol. Look at Juju’s comment (March 6, 10:57a). They’re both expressing the same sentiment with different sobriety, or IQ, levels, lol. No offense ProHuman.
March 6, 2022 @ 10:57 am
I help a major producer w music events in Northern California and Saw him in Santa Cruz – my ALL time favorite performer! Just moved to Central Oregon and would love for him to come to bend for a show or two! 🤞❤️🩹🎸🎼🎶🎤
March 6, 2022 @ 2:47 pm
Trig, you’ve been ringing the bell for BMFS (or, as I like to refer to him, “Billy Matt F. S”) for a while now, and you could not have been more on-target. I’ve seen him three times since November and each show was a grand slam, like outtasight-blow-your-mind-over-the-top-how-can-he-keep-doing-this amazing. I’ll never miss it if he’s within four hours of where I live.
March 6, 2022 @ 6:11 pm
I don’t know how to feel about Billy. We had him play at my venue last year and his tour demands rivaled that of the most entitled hip hop artist. Total “Rockstar” mentality. But that may have just been for that night….
March 6, 2022 @ 6:37 pm
Can you provide a few examples…? Not questioning the story, just curious what the excessive demands were.
March 7, 2022 @ 8:25 am
Oh, you know — H2O, Cheetos. Outrageous rock star stuff.
March 7, 2022 @ 11:09 am
I’d be interested in specifics, too. He has an unbelievably intense touring schedule, and I’ve been wondering how he (and the rest of the band) possibly stays focused and high energy for every show. Maybe he decided that in order to keep it up, his rider needs to be very comprehensive? If anything he could possibly want or need is provided by the venue, that would greatly minimize the mental or physical energy he has to expend other than on the show itself. I’m just hypothesizing here, though, and would love to hear more about your experience and thoughts on this.
March 7, 2022 @ 2:01 pm
@ Fred Jones.
Back it up.
Let’s hear it.
A lot of us still smiling at that little stunt Billy pulled, of pulling into his old elementary school, & passing out gifts of guitars to the students.
March 7, 2022 @ 6:06 pm
Yep, I kind of figured we wouldn’t see a reply. I’ve never met Billy; but from his background and some of those things we’ve heard, like you mentioned; it’s hard for me to picture him as a diva. I almost wouldn’t blame him if he did go through a diva stage though. How do you stay humble when you’re being discussed as one of the best musicians and performers of any era of music. He’s been invited to play with the greatest players and never disappoints. At some point, that has to go to your head, at least a little.
…counting down the days to the Red Rocks shows! I’ve got tickets for both nights. Gonna be a great time.
March 7, 2022 @ 6:34 pm
(Happy for you)
Billy Wayne Ruddick
March 7, 2022 @ 4:18 pm
NO brown M&Ms for Billy!
March 10, 2022 @ 8:59 am
Ok, i’ll bite. What does no brown M&M’s mean?
This has not a thing to do with anything, BUT … last week opened a small bag of M&M’s, on drive back from Louisville, and kept pulling out blue and orange M’s. Blue/orange, blue/orange, etc. to the point of it being statistically impossible. Was like – wth?
Looked the bag over, front & back, to make sure i didn’t have a bag of M&M’s dedicated to the fighting Illini. *shudder*
Only good thing to come out of U. of I. in my opinion is Sig Pi house.
Anyway, about the brown M&M’s …
March 10, 2022 @ 10:59 am
Van Halen’s canary in the coal mine provision, in their rider.
CLEVER. i like it.
March 8, 2022 @ 8:38 am
Cmon if he asks for the Punto Rojo, Mango Biche and Santa Marta Gold. You go to Columbia, or ask Jim. That is all you gotta do. Lol
March 8, 2022 @ 11:39 am
Haha! I’ve had that same 4-hour rule (220mi) all my life. I live in Bloomington, IN so perfectly within 200mi is Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, and Nashville.. and within 100mi is Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis… 7 major cities within that 4-hour radius!
Won’t seem like a lot to people from Cal, Florida, Texas, or NY.. but those of us who live in the other 75% of the US get it, lol.