Posts Tagged ‘Dark Star Orchestra’

At Colonial May 22, Dark Star Orchestra may show itself to be Better Band than Grateful Dead [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 21st, 2012
There are cover bands, there are tribute bands, and then there’s Dark Star Orchestra. (photo by Peter Wochniak)

There are cover bands, there are tribute bands, and then there’s Dark Star Orchestra. (photo by Peter Wochniak)

It’s musical heresy to say that the Dark Star Orchestra sounds better than The Grateful Dead, the band they bring back to life on stage. Many deadheads are pleasantly surprised by their chops, their ability to sound like the band they admire so much. You will have a chance to decide this for yourself when the Dark Star Orchestra arrives at The Colonial Theatre on May 22, 2012 at 7:30pm.

They will bring with them song-for-song recreations of Grateful Dead performances. However this isn’t any ordinary tribute band, according to the Washington Post, Dark Star Orchestra is “A cover band for people who don’t like cover bands.” I think it is what the original band would sound like today if fate and time had not interrupted its amazingly long run as one of America’s most musical bands.

The Chicago-based collective satisfies both veteran and newbie Grateful Dead fans by recreating setlists song-for-song as culled from thousands of shows performed by the Dead in their three-decade tenure. Aside from Dark Star’s talents at reviving a relentlessly beloved canon, the collective has retained a consistent following for more than 13 years because in addition to adapting the phrasing, vocal arrangements, and specific musical equipment to stay true to the various eras of Dead shows in which they perform, they simultaneously expand upon the songs with their own improvisations, making their shows both familiar and unique all at once.

Critics and fans aren’t the only ones singing Dark Star Orchestra’s praises. Numerous original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside DSO and Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir has even said, “A couple of times when I had my back to the stage and they started to sing, I had this weird sense that it was Jerry.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.


Another New Concert Announcement from the Palace Theatre

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The Palace Theatre in Albany is welcoming back Dark Star Orchestra for another recreation of the Grateful Dead experience at 7:30pm on Friday, December 9. All tix are $31, and they go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday, August 22.

Dark Star Orchestra: Keeping the Dead Alive?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra

One of the strangest phenomena of the 21st century is that “tribute bands” have crawled out of the nightclubs and somehow managed to establish themselves as legitimate concert attractions commanding big-show ticket prices.

Is rock & roll really so caught up in the quagmire of its past?

Well, take a look around at the upcoming seasons of some of Nippertown’s concert halls:


Holly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaBerkshire On StageLeave Regular Radio BehindArtist Charles HaymesHudson SoundsAlbany PoetsG.C. Haymes