By Amanda Wicks
Dave Matthews headlined a benefit concert to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe water protestors on Sunday. The event wasn’t held in North Dakota, where the protests are currently taking place, but in Washington, D.C.
During his set, Matthews, accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Tim Reynolds, performed several of his hits, including the pertinent number “Don’t Drink the Water,” but he also used the occasion to play two new songs. Matthews performed “Samurai Cop,” which the Dave Matthews Band have been performing live while touring this year, along with a brand new song inspired by the protests, “Billijo.”
Before beginning the quiet song, Matthews shared his experience visiting Standing Rock. “The whole experience at the camp exploded my brain and I don’t know what to do about it,” he said.
An audience member captured the song’s debut. “A cold wind blows over North Dakota/ Billijo says ‘This is my fire/ Come warm yourself by my fire,'” Matthews sings in the quiet opening, which earns cheers and applause from the reverent crowd.