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Donna Jean Godchaux & Jeff Matson @ The Boat House

Donna Jean Godchaux will be joined by Dark Star Orchestra's Jeff Mattson for a special show on October 8th, 2010 @ the Boat House in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  You can learn more about this show by visiting Donna's website or the Boat House website.

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Donna Jean Godchaux with Jeff Mattson @ The Boat House

Friday, October 8th, 2010 @ 8PM

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Check out Grateful Web's interview with DSO's Jeff Mattson here.

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

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
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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