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Furthur | Red Rocks | 9/24/2010

Two of the world's greatest road warriors, Phil Lesh & Bobby Weir, made their almost annual stop to the venue the epitomizes everything organic, granola, hippie and The Grateful Dead.  As many venues as both Lesh & Weir have played, every show at Red Rocks is just a little extra special.  Phil while doing his donar rap -- mentioned his love for the amphitheater and has said on at least a few occasions it is his favorite venue in the world.

Outside fans were arriving pretty early filling up the lower south lot and upper north lots first.  The weather couldn't have been any better, and those who live here in Colorado know late September at Red Rocks is precarious, at best.  There was some vending in the lots, though by and large it was fairly quiet.  Grateful Web, however, was hawking our "Make Love Not War" t-shirts in light of election season and America's never-ending political quagmire.  Give one as a gift to your political nemesis!  Email us if you'd like one or want more information. 

My friends went inside early to scope out some good seats.  I stayed back to guard the fort, which really means playing hacky sack with my new neighbor friends, drinking some beers, talking about which run at MSG was the best (I say 1990, hands-down -- another said '87, another said '88 - this continued through our hackin), and having a great time in the gorgeous Red Rocks parking lot.

The band came on around 8pm.  The sound where I was sitting was superb, but considering I was sitting literally over the heads of the soundboard folk, this would make sense.  Futhur is finishing their late summer/early fall tour here in Colorado.  You may wonder how in the world does a 70 year old another 62 year old just continue to tour -- but I must tell you I thought both Bobby and Phil both looked pretty well-rested and enthused on stage last night, which has not always seen the case with Weir during the past few years.  But Bobby seemed more engaged than I have seen him in a while, yet still giving John plenty of space to roam.  Furthur shows for me are pretty tame experiences, but I did find a few moments last night when John really opened things up and hit some pretty nice peaks, particularly in 'Fire on the Mountain,' which was more than apropos considering the recent fires in the near-bye foothills.    

I think Chimenti is a fine piano player, but personally I’d prefer more Hammond organ stuff and less piano. Furthur is mellow enough already, which is why I really think they would benefit more from a big Brent-esque organ sound more than all the piano playing.  Just my 2cents – with that said,  I would be a very happy camper if I could play piano as well as Jeff, so nothing at all personal toward him.  Joe Russo, on the other hand, is a groove machine.  This guy is really great and impresses me more each time.

Grateful Web is currently uploading videos, so check back through the next few hours for links to them. The videos really came out nice, especially set 1..

Jam Cruise 9 Announces Dates and Lineup

It’s been 7 years and 8 sold-out cruises since Jam Cruise first set sail as the “floating music festival“ that has become a fan favorite for thousands. Today, Jam Cruise 9 announces that it will set sail on January 4-9, 2011 on the MSC Poesia with stops at two of the cruise’s most beloved port stops: Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Tropical ports and luxury cruise ship amenities are only part of the Jam Cruise experience. Ultimately, Jam Cruise is about celebrating the MUSIC and incredible community that comes together each year to share in this special musical experience. Jam Cruise 9 returns with as strong and eclectic a lineup as ever. Performing artists include Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children, The Rhythm Devils featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Galactic, The Greyboy Allstars, Stockholm Syndrome, Lotus, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Anders Osborne featuring sets with Stanton Moore & Robert Walter and with George Porter Jr. & Johnny Vidacovich, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Zach Deputy and many more. Full lineup details are below.

With so many returning fans on Jam Cruise, pre-booking has been strong for Jam Cruise 9 and the event is on track to sell out for the 9th straight cruise. All remaining cabins will become available for sale to the public on June 2 at 12 noon EDT at www.jamcruise.com. Visit www.jamcruise.com for more details.

Jam Cruise 9 Confirmed Lineup:
Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children
The Rhythm Devils feat. Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Galactic
The Greyboy Allstars
God Street Wine
Stockholm Syndrome
Lotus
JoJo's Mardi Gras Band
ALO
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Easy Star All-Stars
Lettuce
Garage A Trois
The New Mastersounds
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Anders Osborne featuring sets with Stanton Moore & Robert Walter and with George Porter, Jr & Johnny Vidacovich
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Cornmeal
Some Cat From Japan featuring Ron Johnson, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Eric Bolivar & Nigel Hall performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Greensky Bluegrass
Big Gigantic
Zach Deputy
The Pimps Of Joytime
Maceo Parker Super Jam
Special Guests:
Leo Nocentelli
Fred Wesley
Col. Bruce Hampton
Jennifer Hartswick
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Furthur: Weir, Lesh, Chimenti & Kadlecik

FURTHUR!

John Kadlecik, our lead guitarist and founding member of DS0, has been invited to join Furthur for a few dates in September. John has graciously accepted this invitation and is honored and thrilled to perform with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and others. We wish him the best of luck with this project and cannot wait to see and hear John play with our heroes...for Furthur info click HERE.

johnAnnouncing More Tour Dates...

After some mountain air and pacific sun on the Rex Caravan Tour the band will take a few weeks off before returning to East Coast for an extensive tour. We are excited to revisit some of our favorite east coast haunts this fall. Check out DSO at the tour kick-off at the Palace Theatre in Albany, feel the brotherly love in Philly, celebrate DSO's 12th Anniversary in Hagerstown, wave that flag in DC, return to the scene of the crime in Ithaca or hit the big apple for two nights at the Nokia Theatre. The bus will be laying rubber all over the east coast and we hope you can come along for the ride!

Check out the full tour schedule HERE.

Black Tie-Dye Ball in Portland Sept 25 Supports the Rex Foundation

Come celebrate this tradition of music and giving as Dark Star Orchestra and The Rex Foundation team up to present another epic gala event, The Black Tie-Dye Ball held September 25 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. Proceeds help support local area non-profit programs and further the grassroots giving that is the core of The Rex Foundation's mission.

Together, with The Rex Foundation we demonstrate the power of the musical community to provide essential seed grants to smaller non-profits doing great work in many different ways. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on September 25.

Get information on this awesome event and to secure your tickets or VIP package HERE.

Jam Cruise 2010

As the summer winds up, so does your chances to book your cabin on Jam Cruise 8! The kind folks of Jam Cruise want to let you know that there are less than 50 cabins left for the adventure in January 2010, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale heading to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to be back on board and we want to make sure you come with us. Picture this in the winter: a luxury cruise line, tropical locations, and music day and night. Did we mention some of our dear friends are also on board: Railroad Earth, Steve Kimock, Hot Buttered Rum, and 20 more bands.

For more information and to book your cabin today, visit http://www.jamcruise.com/.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
FURTHUR: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Joe Russo
09/18 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
09/19 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
09/20 The Fox Theater Oakland, CA  
Rex Caravan Fall Tour
09/24 The Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA  
09/25 Crystal Ballroom - Black Tie-Dye Ball Portland, OR  
09/26 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
09/27 McDonald Theater Eugene, 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  
10/06 Mystic Theater Petaluma, CA TICKETS
10/08 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, CA TICKETS
10/09 Music Box at Henry Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA TICKETS
10/10 Wave House San Diego, CA TICKETS
10/11 Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, NV  
10/14 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/15 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/16 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS
10/17 Aggie Theater Ft Collins, CO  
Just Announced
11/06 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
11/07 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA  
11/08 Strand-Capitol Theater York, PA  
12th Anniversary Show
11/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD  
11/12 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA  
11/13 Nightclub 930 Washington, DC TICKETS
11/16 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
11/18 State Theatre Ithaca, NY TICKETS
11/19+ The Klein Bridgeport, CT  
11/20+ Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA  
11/21+ Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
11/24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY  
11/25+ Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
11/27 Nokia Theatre New York, NY  
11/28 Nokia Theatre New York, NY  
11/30 Higher Ground Burlington, VT  
12/01 Higher Ground Burlington, VT  
Cruisin into 2010
01/03/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/04/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/05/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/06/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/07/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
01/08/2010 Jam Cruise 8 Caribbean, OC  
+ w/ Donna Jean Godchaux Band w. Jeff Mattson