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DSO: Gratefulfest & New Fall Tour Dates

Today's the first full day of summer - time to swim in clear waters, lay in the grass under the long twilight, dance in the starlight to your favorite bands, and experience "fireworks, clowns, skydivers, fire performers, swimming, cliff diving, Grateful vendors, family, friends..." Gratefulfest has it all: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus Keller Williams, Rusted Root, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Railroad Earth, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, BoomBox and more! We can't wait to share the awesome park with you. Join us - check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park here!

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The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS

DSO Into The Sun Tour Starts Today!

Spring has finally settled in, and how sweet it is to be moving Into the Sun. Dark Star Orchestra's spring tour starts with an already sold-out show at Irving Plaza. No worries, though, if you're close to New York - we're at Westbury just a few days later. After that, we zip around the Northeast from point to point like the colored pen in a Spirograph. Little-known fact: if you connect the dots for each show on a map of New England, you can see a very familiar face in the pattern!* Visit our Tour Page for details and to see where your closest show will be.

Have you been aching to hear a favorite song as filler/encore? Would you like a chance to vote for it? Then we've read your mind. Go to our Tour Page and pick a show from the Into The Sun Tour, click the link in the details, choose your song, and vote. Bonus: by doing so, you're entered to win tickets to that show!

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Hearts Of Summer Beat For You

The second leg of our summer tour is taking shape and sending us across the country with shows in New Mexico and Colorado. We will drop in to Santa Fe on August 11th and rock 2 nights at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, CO on the 12th and 13th before cruising on to Bond, CO for a show at the State Bridge Lodge. Stay tuned for more shows in far off lands to be announced soon!

Visit our Tour Dates page for tickets and more info.

Did we already mention Gratefulfest 12? Can you tell how excited we are? Here are a few more bands that have just been added: Rusted Root and JGB, join the already power packed lineup including 3 Nights of DSO, Keller Williams, 7 Walkers, Railroad Earth, New Riders, BoomBox, David Gans and more! Tickets are on-sale now from DSOtix. Check out NLQP.com for more info.

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All of This Shall Be Sung Again

Check out the new additions to the DSO on Demand catalog. We have released last year's epic NYE show that included a rare acoustic set before recreating the GD show 12/31/76. Plus we are dropping some gems from the 2011 Southbound Winter tour including: 1/21 in Milwaukee, 1/22 in Chicago, 1/26 in Detroit, and 1/27 in Cleveland. Click HERE to see the full catalog.

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Share Your Love

Have you taken pictures while at a Dark Star Show? If you upload them to our Facebook contest, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Spring Tour show of your choice. But that's not all - if you choose to Like one or more of the photos that have been uploaded, you'll also be entered to win. What's to lose?

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
05/06 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA TICKETS
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/17 Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/03 Wakarusa Ozark, AR TICKETS
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY TICKETS
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN TICKETS
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL TICKETS
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN TICKETS
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


Dark Star Orchestra's Grateful Summer

An outdoor concert is the perfect welcome to summer weather, and that's exactly how Dark Star Orchestra's Hearts of Summer Tour begins on June 24th. They'll play at Buffalo Place on the Harbor, then on to Indiana to play Piere's in Fort Wayne, and to the Weesner Amphitheater in the Minnesota Zoo. From the Zoo, we DSO be taking their carnival onto 3 nights at Gratefulfest 12, more on this later.

From there it's Southbound to follow up on their recent sold out show at The National in Richmond! It'll be the second year in a row for DSO at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC, before they head to the mountains for a gig at Pisgah Brewing, and on to The Lincoln Theatre Plaza in Raleigh. They'll put on our shades and flip-flops as they drive up the coast to a night at The Norva and two nights at The Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach, DE.

The closing week of the tour is a monster. It starts at The All Good Music Festival and ends in Atlantic City at The Hilton. In between, DSO will make their first appearance at the Papermill Island Amphitheater, followed by their grand return to Gathering of the Vibes and the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ.Tickets for many of their shows are on-sale now via DSOtix.

Visit their website for more details. Hope to see you on the road!

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DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/16 The Aggie Ft Collins, CO TICKETS
Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT TICKETS
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
05/06 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA TICKETS
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/17 Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg, PA TICKETS
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/03 Wakarusa Ozark, AR TICKETS
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN TICKETS
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS


DSO Four Winds Tour Starts Tomorrow, Gratefulfest 11

Starting at The National in Richmond, VA tomorrow Dark Star Orchestra will take a lap around the east coast with stops in Tarrytown, NY, Reading, PA, a special Acoustic show at Mexicali Blues, their 1st performance at Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, stops in Falls Church, VA, Hagerstown, MD and closing out with a show at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Along the way band members will be sharing their touring adventures on their BLOG.

After a few weeks off they ride the wind out to the west coast to start the second leg of the Four Winds Tour. Starting in the great Northwest at the Mt Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA DSO will cruise south stopping off in Seattle, Portland, and Eugene before heading into California for shows in Arcata, Santa Cruz and three nights in San Francisco. Thursday April 7th, the first of three nights in San Fran, they be our Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit The Rex Foundation. There will be packages available that will include a pre-show and sound check party with the band. More details coming soon. After the long weekend in San Fran, DSO closes out their tour with stops in Reno, NV and a Colorado run that will include Aspen, 2 nights in Boulder and the tour closer in Fort Collins.

Check out their TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.


Gratefulfest 11

DSO is stoked to announce that we will be returning to Nelson's Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio to Celebrate the 11th annual Gratefulfest....July 1st-4th....3 full nights of DSO....more info coming soon.

You Gotta Wear Shades

The Into The Sun Tour starts April 29th at Irving Plaza in NYC with a special recreation of the famed Grateful Dead set from 4/29/71 at the Fillmore east on the 40th anniversary of the show. DSO has just added May 17th at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA. The rest of the tour includes stops in Providence, Philadelphia, Burlington, Boston, an acoustic show in Plymouth, NH and two nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest to close out the tour. Visit their TOUR DATES PAGE for the full schedule.

For every show on the Into The Sun Tour DSO will be giving fans the chance to vote on the song we will play for their Encore/Filler for every show. Head over to the TOUR DATES PAGE to find the ballots for each show and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the show you vote on.

Dark Star Orchestra Announces Jeff Mattson as Lead Guitarist

Dark Star Orchestra, the faithful interpreters of the music of the Grateful Dead, announced today that Jeff Mattson will be taking on Jerry Garcia role and welcomes him as a full time member of the group. The band’s statement reads:

“After months of touring and playing with Jeff, we have decided to offer him the full time gig, which he has gratefully accepted.  Jeff has blown us away with his energy, licks, and presence on stage. He is a great guy, an inspiring musician and so much fun to perform with, we cannot wait to get back out there and mix it up with him once again. We are having more fun than ever and are looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming shows.”

A veteran of more than 30 years on the road, Jeff was a founding member of The Zen Tricksters and has performed in two bands of actual Grateful Dead members with Phil Lesh & Friends and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band. RELIX Magazine recently praised his “eerily on-point Garcia interpretations” and Jambase.com noted “Any doubts about new lead guitarist-singer Jeff Mattson were erased by a breathtaking "Eyes of the World" where Mattson continually proved a real prize in his new role, bringing all his years in The Zen Tricksters to bear and then upping the ante a bit more.”

Having joined Dark Star Orchestra for two nationwide tours, fans and critics have already weighed in with PopMatters.com marveling how “Mattson’s guitar playing matched every intricate moment,” and Hidden Track praising his “soulful vocals and dense solos to anchor the major suites, chipper, airy ones to flesh out the rockers… his improvisational style is intense but not ostentatious.”

A video clip of Jeff Mattson performing with Dark Star Orchestra doing a scorching version of "Viola Lee Blues" at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT can be viewed online here: http://www.vimeo.com/9585290.

Dark Star Orchestra will be performing at clubs and festivals across the nation this summer, all announced dates are listed below:

Rock My Soul Summer Tour

06/24    Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater | Apple Valley, MN

06/25    Simon Estes Ampitheater | Des Moines, IA

06/26    CEFCU Stage | Peoria, IL

06/27    Park West | Chicago, IL

06/29    Otto's | Dekalb, IL

06/30    Summerfest | Milwaukee, WI

07/02    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/03    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/04    Gratefulfest 11 | Garretsville, OH

07/07    Veteran's Park Ampitheater | Springfield, OH

07/08    All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV

07/10    State Theatre | State College, PA

07/11    Tags Summerstage | Big Flats, NY

07/29    Gathering Of The Vibes Bridgeport, CT

07/30    Saranac Brewery | Utica, NY

07/31    Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY

08/01    Midland Theatre | Newark, OH

08/03    Harris River Front Park | Huntington, WV

08/05    Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE

08/06    Hilton Atlantic City | Atlantic City, NJ

08/07    Bergen PAC Theatre | Englewood, NJ

08/09    Zoellner Arts Center | Bethlehem, PA

08/12    Party in the Park | Rochester, NY

08/13    Bears Picnic | Laurelton, PA

08/15    Lake Champlain Maritime Festival | Burlington, VT

A Slingshot On Mars Tour

09/09    The Valarium | Knoxville, TN

09/10    Minglewood Hall | Memphis, TN

09/11    Terrapin Hill Farm | Harrodsburg, KY

09/12    Orange Peel | Asheville, NC

09/15    Jefferson Theater | Charlottesville, VA

09/16    The Norva | Norfolk, VA

09/17    Rams Head Live! | Baltimore, MD

09/18    930 Club | Washington, DC

09/22    Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead | Munhall, PA

09/23    Grand Opera House | Wilmington, DE

09/24    Theatre of the Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA

09/25    Palace Theatre | Albany, NY

09/27    Toad's Place | New Haven, CT

09/28    Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY

09/30    Calvin Theatre | Northhampton, MA

10/01    Lowell Memorial Auditorium | Lowell, MA

10/02    Nokia Theatre | New York, NY

Upcoming DSO 2010 Dates & News

Come dance with us this summer as we cruise along on our upcoming summer tour. New dates have been added to the first leg, including a stop at Otto's in Deklab, IL, State College, PA and Taps Summerstage in Big Flats, NY. Following a few weeks off after the first leg of the summer tour the second round of summer shows will kick off in grand fashion at Gathering of the Vibes followed by shows in Utica and Buffalo, plus a stop in Newark, OH to round out the first weekend. From there its eastward bound to Dewey Beach, DE, Atlantic City and Englewood, NJ before dropping in to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. The final run of summer shows kicks off with Party in the Park in Rochester, NY, Bears Picnic in Laurelton, PA and finishes off in Burlington, VT at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Spring Tour

Let the Brotherly love flow as the Seeds of Light Tour Kicks off at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on May 20. From there it's off to Glen Allen, VA, Montclair, NJ and Ashburn, VA. After a couple days off cruising up I-95 its on to Providence, RI and Tarrytown, NY before a two night stand at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH followed by a stop at the Mighty High Mountain Fest in Tuxedo, NY with From Good Homes, NRPS and more... Rolling on from there its onward to Stamford, CT before stops in Brooklyn and Westbury, NY and a tour finale at Mountain Jam with Govt. Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Allison Krauss and many many more!

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Gratefulfest - Photo Contest

As Spring turns to Summer and we start hitting some of the great outdoor events around the country we want to invite you to share your favorite Gratefulfest memories with us. Send your favorite photo of Dark Star from any Gratefulfest to brett@darkstarorchestra.net for a chance to win tickets to Gratefulfest 12 (Grand prize) or a merchandise package (Runners-up). As you share your memories with us we will be involved in making new ones at many great festivals this summer.

Mighty High Mountain Festival
Mountain Jam
Summerfest
Gratefulfest
All Good Music Festival
Gathering of the Vibes
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
In other Gratefulfest news, we will be performing a special 'Sound Check Party Set' on Thursday, July 1st. Join us one night early as we warm up the stage and get 4th of July Weekend off to a grand start.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Seeds Of Light Tour
05/20 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
05/21 Innsbrook Pavillion Glen Allen, VA
05/22 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ TICKETS
05/23 Belmont Country Club Ashburn, VA
05/26 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/27 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
05/28 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/29 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/30 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo Park, NY
06/02 Palace Theater at the Stamford Center Stamford, CT TICKETS
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY TICKETS
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Rock My Soul Summer Tour
06/24 Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater Apple Valley, MN TICKETS
06/25 Simon Estes Ampitheater Des Moines, IA TICKETS
06/26 CEFCU Stage Peoria, IL
06/27 Park West Chicago, IL TICKETS
06/29 Otto's Dekalb, IL TICKETS
06/30 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/02 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/07 Veteran's Park Ampitheater Springfield, OH
07/08 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/10 State Theatre State College, PA TICKETS
07/11 Tags Summerstage Big Flats, NY
07/29 Gathering Of The Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Just Announced!
07/30 Saranac Brewery Utica, NY TICKETS
07/31 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY TICKETS
08/01 Midland Theatre Newark, OH TICKETS
08/03 Harris Riverfront Park Amphitheater Huntington, WV
08/05 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
08/06 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
08/07 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ TICKETS
08/09 Zoellner Arts Center Bethlehem, PA
08/12 Party in the Park Rochester, NY
08/13 Bears Picnic Laurelton, PA
08/15 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Burlington, VT TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates

DSO @ Gratefulfest 10 for the 4th of July

Grateful for Gratefulfest

dso10 years strong, Gratefulfest is celebrating their decade anniversary with another 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra and special guests Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, JGB, The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, Jemimah Puddleduck, BoomBox, David Gans and many more! Plus, 4th of July fireworks, The Ohio Burn Unit and many other crazy happenings.

In case you have been living under a rock, Gratefulfest is held Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5 at the beautiful Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, OH. This is one you don't want to miss! Click HERE for the event schedule and more details.

Join The Caravan

We are excited to announce that, for the third successive year, DSO will do a month-long Rex Caravan Tour, this time covering ground from Washington State to Southern California. $1 of every ticket sold will be contributed to the Rex Foundation. Also, a Black Tie-Dye Ball celebration will be held on Friday, September 25th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. There will be a special pre-party reception with more details to follow. Join us in helping to further the Grateful Dead's legacy of giving.

Click HERE to see the complete DSO tour schedule.

Sunshine Daydream

East coast, the Rockies and a handful of places in between - no matter where you are, odds are that DSO has you covered this summer!

Our summer tour will kick off with the legendary Gratefulfest followed by an exciting run of east coast dates. We make up for Mother Nature on 7/7 at Celebrate Virginia Central ParkAll Good Festival

We will follow that up with a northeast swing, including a run of shows with our friend Keller Williams before we head to Gathering of the Vibes to simultaneously kick off their festival and end the first leg of our summer tour. After a few weeks off the road the band will head to the mountains to close out the summer with shows from Denver to Montana. Click HERE for the full schedule. with an "All Good Bonus". Bring your All Good Festival ticket to the show and receive free admission. That will kick off a big week of shows ending on Sunday at the where we will be joined by a surprise special guest...

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07/03 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/05 Gratefulfest Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/07 Celebrate Virginia Central Park Fredericksburg, VA TICKETS
07/09 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/10 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ  
07/11 Governor's Island + New York, NY TICKETS
07/12 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV TICKETS
07/15 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH  
07/16 Artpark + Lewiston, NY  
07/17 Saranac Brewery + Utica, NY TICKETS
07/18 Vasa Park + Hackettstown, NJ TICKETS
07/20 Lupos Providence, RI TICKETS
07/22 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA TICKETS
07/23 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT  
08/07 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/08 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/09 Dancin' in the Streets Denver, CO TICKETS
08/10 Strings in the Mountains Steamboat Springs, CO TICKETS
08/12 Spud Drive-In + Driggs, ID TICKETS
08/13 Emerson Theater Bozeman, MT TICKETS
08/14 Geothermal Jerry Bash Lolo, MT TICKETS
08/15 Geothermal Jerry Bash Lolo, MT TICKETS
Rex Caravan Fall Tour
09/24 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA TICKETS
09/25 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
09/26 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
09/29 Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV TICKETS
10/01 Senator Theatre Chico, CA TICKETS
10/02 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/03 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/04 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA  
10/09 Music Box at Henry Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA TICKETS
10/10 Wave House San Diego, CA  
10/14 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT  
10/15 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT  
01/03-01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
+ w/ Keller Williams

Dark Star Orchestra @ GratefulFest 9

photo by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

DSO is delighted to announce that Dan Healy will join us behind the board for all three nights.  This Labor Day Weekend (August 29th - Sept. 1st) DSO will return to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for 3 Days and Nights of fun, sun and great tunes. Along with three full DSO shows, there will be performances from: Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet & Garaj Mahal, "Ramblin" Jack Elliott, The Bridge, Cornmeal, Mr. David Gans, Roots-A-Risin, The Max Allen Band, Sanduleak, Boombox, Donna & The Tricksters, Mr. Blotto, Big Leg Emma, The Chef Dave Band, Red Hot Trio and Late Night Allstar jams!

GATHERING OF THE TRIBE

Wow, it's hard to believe that it's August already and the shows just keep on coming! With a summer that included Bonnaroo, All Good Festival, Mountain Jam, 10,000 Lakes Festival and most recently Gathering of the Vibes, we've been a busy bunch. At GOTV, the band offered a thunderous take on the 11/6/77 set from Binghamton, NY. Donna Jean Godchaux herself joined DSO for a few songs as did The Zen Tricksters' founder and guitarist Jeff Mattson. As a birthday tribute to Jerry Garcia, DSO closed out the night with an extended "Don't Let Go" > "We Bid You Good Night" featuring both Donna Jean and DSO's own Lisa Mackey - what a great time! Whether you were able to join us there or at another festival or club show, thank you for making it such an amazing summer!

HEADING WEST

After putting the finishing touches on this year's festival season, DSO will be heading out west for a series of shows to take us into the Fall. Highlights include three nights in San Francisco as well as shows in Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, Sacramento and many more. See where DSO is stopping near you and get your tickets ahead of the rush at DSO Ticketing: http://dso.inticketing.com/.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Gratefulfest 9
Fri 08/29 Nelson Ledges Quarry Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
Sat 08/30 Nelson Ledges Quarry Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
Sun 08/31 Nelson Ledges Quarry Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
Like a Tumbleweed Tour
Wed 09/17 Crossroads KC Kansas City, KS TICKETS
Thur 09/18 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
Fri 09/19 House Of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
Sat 09/20 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Tues 09/23 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
Thur 09/25 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA TICKETS
Fri 09/26 Wave House San Diego, CA TICKETS
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 09/27 Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
Tues 09/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
Thur 10/02 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Fr 10/03 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Sat 10/04 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Tues 10/07 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
Thur 10/09 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
Fri 10/10 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sat 10/11 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sun 10/12 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR  
Halloween Spectacular
Fri 10/31 The Pageant St. Louis TICKETS
Rex Caravan East Coast Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY TICKETS
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA  
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ  
Sun 11/18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT  
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center Lancaster, PA  
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ