Now that the calendar has changed to 2005 and DSO has gotten a little bit of rest, the time has come to 'keep on truckin'! Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast: get ready for some DSO.
The band takes the U.S. by storm in January and February offering performances in every one of the time zones. A handful of multiple night stands take place in Austin at La Zona Rosa for two nights, three nights in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall, and another two night stand at Portland's Crystal Ballroom.
The Winter Tour, kicking off in St. Louis (home to DSO drummers Rob and Dino), winds through ten states and brings the band to such hallowed rooms at the Great Amercian Music Hall, where a band called the Grateful Dead offered a quality performance in August of 1975
On Thursday, February 17, a non-DSO show day in the Bay Area, the members of Dark Star Orchestra will be joining David Gans for The Invitational at the Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley, CA. It is an intimate venue and sure to be an interesting time with other special guests including Henry Kaiser and Eric Thompson. This show begins at 8:30 PM.
DSO has also announced numerous dates for theS pring Tour which begins in Colorado at the end of March then brings them back to the East Coast including an early festival season performance at the Wanee Festival in Florida with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule and many other acts.
More Spring Tour dates will be added in the forthcoming weeks. Check out the website for the complete, up to date information.
All Winter Tour shows are on sale now through:
Photo: Robbie Williams
As you may be aware, DSO is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. Rolling Stone praises "Dark Star Orchestra's fanatical attention to detail. "USA Today says DSO is "channeling the Dead" and the Washington Post declares them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going Dallas Morning Newsaffirms DSO is "the next best thing to being there", the Denver Post describes Dark Star Orchestra as "a perfection-oriented practitioner of homage" and the Associated Pressnotes that DSO "takes its act to a level of detail that befits a rock band famous for its fanatical following."
Check out Glide Magazine's show review of the December 12 show at the New Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. Here's a snippet:
"Seeing these guys made me shake my head quite a few times and rub my eyes to be sure that I really wasn't seeing the Dead back in the day. I was immediately pulled in from the first notes and really enjoyed the night thoroughly always feeling at home with what they were playing. To call these guys a cover band would be just plain wrong, they are more like mystical channelers plugged into the source and not letting go!"
DSO WINTER TOUR
St. Louis, MO
Newport Music Hall
Feb 4, 5
La Zona Rosa
Santa Fe, NM
w/David Gans &; Daniella
w/David Gans opening
Solana Beach, CA
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 18, 19, 20
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Van Duzer Theatre
Feb 24, 25
DSO to rest &; resume touring in March
[MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED]
Mar 25, 26
Apr 8, 9
The Orange Peel
Apr 15, 16
Suwanee Springs, FL
Starr Hill Music Hall
Apr 22, 23
Falls Church, VA
State College, PA
DSO's 1000th Performance
Available now on 3 CDs
Check out some of the deals on hotels for this upcoming tour.
DSO's Hotelmaster has arranged some great discounts on hotels near the venues the band is playing at.
DSO ON DVD!
Live at the Fillmore, videotaped at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco May 8, 2004. The DVD includes appearances by special guest,Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, on vocals.
Produced by Bob Matthews, the DVD packaging features artwork by Stanley Mouse.
Live at the Fillmorecontains over two hours of live video footage of two entire sets of DSO recreating the historic May 5, 1977 show from Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, CT.
This first DVD release from DSO includes two bonus audio CDs of the same show in addition to the DVD disc.
Dark Star Orchestra DVD:
Live at the Fillmore
Available Feb. 4 from
DVD Recorded Live May 8, 2004
of DSO recreating May 5, 1977
In Related News:
The Mix - New CD
Check out some sound samples online and hear what The Mix is all about.
AMERICAN SPRING, the first CD from THE MIX has just been released available onlineat Rainman Records) and features DSO's John Kadlecik on guitar and Kevin Rosen on bass along with Garcia bandmate Melvin Seals on keyboards and veteran drummer Greg Anton.
The CD features ten tracks including songs penned by all band members as well as two songs co-written by Grateful Dead songsmith Robert Hunter.