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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Jon Langford: Song for Song

Nov 18, 2023 • 8:00 pm ET
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Listen to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Jon Langford

Two legendary artists, Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Jon Langford (of the Mekons and Waco Brothers), recreate their exclusive pandemic live-stream performance, song for song, for a live, in-person audience.

Featuring Langford sitting alone on stage at the deserted FitzGerald’s roadhouse playing to Oldham on a laptop screen, the collaboration, meant to be an hour of music, turned into a nearly three-hour-long show. For Langford, the concert was a high point of lockdown, despite the strangeness and physical loneliness of the situation.

Oldham has been told, indirectly, that he is officially a Deputy Mekon. The Mekons’ songs “Only Darkness Has the Power,” “Prince of Darkness,” “When Darkness Falls,” and “Darkness & Doubt” were seeds that helped bear the fruit that is “I See a Darkness,” one of the better-loved Bonnie “Prince” Billy songs. In person, watch for flying sparks and pleasant odors.

At all in-person events in November leading up to Thanksgiving (November 1 through 18), we’re collecting non-perishable, shelf stable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank. Check out their most-needed items.