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DSO Winter Tour & New East Coast Dates

Kicking off last week, the First tour of the year is underway and headed through the midwest, down south and west Texas bound. Tonight the band is in Madison, WI at The Barrymore Theatre. Then it's on down the ol' Mississip to St Louis before heading to Indianapolis on Friday and Columbus and Cleveland for the holiday weekend. After a tour of the 'Buckeye State' it's on to the 'Bluegrass State' with a stop in Covington before a weekend run through North Carolina with 2 nights at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte. Rolling deeper into the south the band makes stops in Birmingham, AL and Oxford, MS before another 2 night run at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The onset of March signals the final stretch of the tour with a westward run stopping over in Mobile, AL, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Austin.

For the duration of this tour our friend Jeff Mattson will join DSO on lead guitar and vocals. Having honed his chops with years on the road with The Zen Tricksters, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, we are thrilled with the talent and spirit that Jeff brings to the table, and to the band. We are having a blast...Saddle Up and catch a ride on our Southbound Winter Tour!

Tickets and more info available on our Tour Dates Page.

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New Dates in May/June

Late May finds DSO back on the East Coast to stir up trouble in some familiar haunts. The tour starts off at The Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen, VA before heading north to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ then looping around to VA again to play at the Bellmont Country Club. From there it's a haul up north to Rhode Island for a stop at Lupos in Providence. A weekend stand at the Hampton Beach Casino and a headlining spot at the Mighty High Mountain Fest close out the month of May. June brings stops at the Ridgefield Playhouse and Theatre at Westbury before returning to Mountain Jam to cap off the brief tour joining Govt. Mule, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Avett Brothers and many many more.

Tickets for most dates are on-sale now through DSO Ticketing.  Visit the Tour Dates Page for complete details.

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The Eleven

Nelson Ledges will once again host DSO's summer gathering on Fourth of July weekend (July 2-5). As of now we know our friend Keller Williams will be part of the weekend's festivities, which will include three nights of Dark Star Orchestra. Check back for more details coming soon.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour 2010
02/10 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
02/11 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
02/12 Egyptian Room at Murat Center Indianapolis, IN
02/13 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
02/14 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
02/16 Madison Theater Covington, KY
02/18 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
02/19+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/20+ Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
02/21 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
02/24 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL TICKETS
02/25 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS TICKETS
02/26+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
02/27+ Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
03/01 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL TICKETS
03/03 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA TICKETS
03/04 House of Blues Houston, TX TICKETS
03/05 House of Blues Dallas, TX TICKETS
03/06 Stubb's Waller Creek Austin, TX TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
Sheriffs On My Trail Tour
04/07 Belly Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/08 Vilar Center Avon, CO
04/09 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/10 Boulder Theater Denver, CO TICKETS
04/13 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/14 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA TICKETS
04/16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR TICKETS
04/17 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
04/19 Ashland Armory Ashland, OR TICKETS
04/20 Eureka Theater Eureka, CA TICKETS
04/22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/23 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/24 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
04/25 TBA Modesto, CA
04/28 El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
04/29 Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
04/30 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
05/01 Belly Up Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
Stu Allen joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
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
05/25 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
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 TBA TBA, CT
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson

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Jeff Mattson: Grateful Troubadour

Amid the recent and exciting “Shakedowns” amongst the currently touring Grateful Dead threaded projects, I had the good fortune of swapping some very interesting and eloquent emails with my friend Jeff Mattson.

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson

The DJGB is pleased to announce that Mom brought us up right and taught us to share. And while the DJGB w/JM isn’t going anywhere (except on the road and to musical venues near your house!), we’re happy to lend our sterling lead guitarist, Jeff Mattson, to our friends at Dark Star Orchestra in their time of need. Hey – we like him too!

Jeff will be sitting in with DSO on:

11/16 Mon McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ

11/18 Wed State Theater, Ithaca, NY

11/19 Thu The Klein, Bridgeport, CT

11/20 Fri Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA

11/21 Sat Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA

For breaking news, check www.donnajeangodchauxband.com

Announcing the Donna Jean Godchaux Band w/ Jeff Matson

Donna Jean- for the Grateful Web

A band, like every living thing, needs to evolve. Donna Jean Godchaux and Jeff Mattson are pleased to announce that "Donna Jean and the Tricksters" has morphed into the – see above!

Donna Jean Godchaux – lead vocals

Jeff Mattson – lead guitar, vocals

David MacKay – bass, vocals

Clint Bailey – keyboards, vocals

Joe Chirco – drums

Rock and roll and lots more, delivered with Muscle Shoals-trained soul and inspiration. Fine original material plus a nod to Donna Jean's deep roots with lots of Grateful Dead songs, too.

All things pass, but the seeds that were silent burst into bloom. Look out – this flower will thrive.

The band will be stepping out in April with a full tour, and will be widely seen on the summer festival circuit.

Bios:

Donna Jean Godchaux

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band.

Jeff Mattson

Jeff came to prominence as the lead guitarist, primary vocalist, and leader of Long Island's legendary Grateful Dead-influenced jam band, the Zen Tricksters. Over the course of thirty years, his supple, elegant playing reflected a fusion of rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz and folk stylings, along with a healthy dose of psychedelia. His songwriting credits include the exquisitely mournful "Shelter" (co-written with Donna Jean), as well as "Travelin' Light," (co-written with Melissa Marston), "He Said/She Said," (with Donna Jean), and "A Prisoner Says His Piece," all for Donna Jean and the Tricksters. He also contributed "Leave Me Out of This" to Phil Lesh and Friends' There and Back Again. He played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999.

David MacKay

David hails from Marin County, California. As part of the emerging Bay Area music scene of the 70's, he was a founding member of the popular band the "Tasmanian Devils" and recorded and toured with Michael Nesmith, playing bass on the first Grammy-winning video, "Elephant Parts." He was a member of both the original and reformed "Heart of Gold Band." Most recently, he has played bass with the Muscle Shoals-based group "The Fiddleworms."

Clint Bailey

Is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a well-respected member of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the band the Fiddleworms.  He has played on occasion with "Donna Jean the Tricksters" and with Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers).  He began on piano at the age of 15, and then found the Hammond B-3 and became permanently hooked.  He is a strong songwriter, touching the Southern wellsprings of rock, soul, gospel, blues, and New Orleans styles, and contributed the title track to the Fiddleworms' Volkswagen Catfish.

Jeff 'Tain' Watts @ the Jazz Clinic & Concert Series (9/23)

Jeff

Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will conduct a master class on "Modern Jazz Drumming and Group Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Jeff "Tain" Watts, voted "Best Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine (1988 & 1993), has established himself as one of the most original and influential drummers on today's music scene. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Mr. Watts' formal training began at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was classical percussion major, primarily a timpanist. But it at the Berklee College of Music, where he later enrolled, that he began to hone his style which was to change the face of modern jazz drumming - alongside such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Watts left the Berklee College of Music to join the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, with whom he won three Grammy Awards. After leaving Mr. Marsalis in 1988, he began working with jazz stars such as George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, subsequently, joining the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989.

While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Watts had the opportunity to add some high profile television and film credits to his resume, which included a three-year stint performing as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starring in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones - a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.

After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Mr. Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes five critically-acclaimed CDs:

·     "Folk's Songs" (Dark Key Music 2007)

·     "Detained, Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note 2004)

·     "MegaWatts" (Sunnyside 2003)

·     "Bar Talk" (Sony 2002)

·     "Citizen Tain" (Sony 1999)

 

A true jazz innovator and creative force, Mr. Watts has never failed to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1980s. Entertainment Weekly says, "Short of visionary, Tain still possesses heat, nuance, maturity, and a bounty of ideas."