Dark Star Orchestra
There's a lot to be said for just dropping off the grid. I'm not talking 'move to a desert island' kind of grid dropping.. But the temporary, and temporal sort; where one's mind, body and spirit can take a break from the burdens of life. Genuine rejuvenation. It's the reason vacations were invented, I'm sure. But not every vacation truly is one; especially these days.
Dark Star Orchestra has announced a pair of year closing shows at Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre on December 30 and 31. The group’s Cosmic New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature three sets a night: on December 30, the group will kick off its three-set show with a special, rare acoustic set and on December 31 the group will recreate classic sets from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. VIP Tickets for the December 31 performance include an exclusive poster, access to VIP section with private bar and an express line into venue.
Is there a festival with a cooler name than Gathering of the Vibes? Immediately all festivals with the word festival or fest are eliminated from the name competition- I hope I don’t have to tell you why. Bonnaroo? Pretty cool, but the words not even in the lexicon of those pretentious wordies who use the word lexicon often. No, all festivals should aspire to be a gathering.
The beauty of the Grateful Dead legacy extends far past the demise of the original line-up that sadly ended with the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. The Grateful Dead created a dedicated community, or rather a counterculture, based on music and family values that have since refused to give up and let go.
The Four Winds Tour continues on Wednesday as we kick off the West coast leg of the tour in Bellingham, WA at the Mt. Baker Theater then cruise down from the northwest corner to Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Oregon. From there it's on into California for shows in Arcata and Santa Cruz before dropping into San Francisco for 3 nights at the Great American Music Hall.