Photo by Marc Millman via The Capitol Theatre
“Hey there, thank you guys for coming tonight,” Page McConnell said at the top of Vida Blue’s Capitol Theatre gig on Saturday night. The keyboardist also noted how this performance was the last of Vida Blue’s mini tour (which ended the band’s 15-year creative drought) and teased future collaborations, saying, “We’re all looking forward to a little more of this later on.”
The show was dotted with originals from the band’s brand new LP Crossing Lines – which dropped the day prior – including the opening “Analog Delay.” (The group talks about the process of creating the album in the current Relix cover story.)
After his namesake “Russel’s Tune,” drummer Russell Batiste Jr. stepped out from his drumkit and took a bow, keeping the energy at The Capitol Theatre kinetic. A little later, the band covered John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” and eventually bassist Oteil Burbridge took centerstage with a nice bass solo on “Checkin’ Out.”
A late-set version of Pink Floyd’s “Sheep” saw the band wading into darker sounds, and they closed their single set with perhaps the band’s most well-known tune, “Most Events Aren’t Planned.”
Before the encore, McConnell told the audience that he hadn’t played The Capitol Theatre since 1992, adding that “it’s just as fun as it was back then.”
An “Electra Glide” got things going, but it was a show-ending version of Gary Numan’s “Cars” that turned the historic venue into a certified dance party.
“Thank you so much, we’ll see you next time,” McConnell said before departing the stage.
Check out Vida Blue’s full Capitol Theatre setlist below:
Sept. 22, 2019
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Analog Delay, Russell’s Tune, Where Did It Go, CJ3, Jealous Guy, Phaidon, Where’s Popeyes, Checking Out, Dry Spell, Who’s Laughing Now?, Weepa, If I Told You, Final Flight, Sheep, Most Events Aren’t Planned
Enc: Electra Glide, Cars