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Being relatively young compared to most at tonight’s Dark Star Orchestra's show you would be correct in assuming I was never able to see the Grateful Dead in their entirety.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue Live at the Boulder Theater

This August 2011 was the sixteenth anniversary of the passing of Jerry Garcia. Most heads know the time between his birthday (August 1st) and his death day (August 9th) as “The Days Between”.

2011 Gathering of the Vibes | Part I

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 Werk Out Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Ohio’s up-and-coming jamband powerhouse, The Werks are thrilled to announce their second annual Werk Out Festival, held Thursday through Sunday  September 8–11 at Zane Shawnee Caverns in Bellefontaine.

Dark Star Orchestra | Boulder Theater | 4/16/11

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.

DSO East to West Coast Tours, NYE and More!

A Slingshot On Mars Tour Preview

Following a stellar summer tour full of great festivals and friends we are excited to hit the road again for the Slingshot On Mars Tour starting September 9th. Upcoming dates include stops in Knoxville and Memphis, TN, Terrapin Hill Farm in KY and the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Then we make first time stops at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA before a weekend run through some of our favorite east coast stops including The Norva, Rams Head Live and 9:30 Club. Along the way we will celebrate our time in Baltimore and DC with a Cap Centre Weekend. On 9/17 and 9/18 DSO will choose from the legendary Grateful Dead Capital Centre shows and will recreate that show in its entirety. We will then round off our tour with a special acoustic set at Mexicali Live along with stops in Munhall, PA, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, Albany, Toads Place in New Haven, CT, Syracuse, Northampton and Lowell, MA before closing out the tour in the 'Big Apple' at the Nokia Theatre.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

From A City Near You Tour

DSO is celebrating our return to the West Coast by recreating shows From a City Near You. Each night Dark Star will choose a Grateful Dead show from a city close to that venue and will recreate that show in its entirety. This will be the perfect time to gather your tour buddies and relive the experience or for you to see that show for the first time that you have only heard stories about.

The tour kicks off in the "Golden State" with 2 nights in good ole San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. From there we head up to Sacramento then over to the banks of Lake Tahoe for a stop at the Crystal Bay Club Casino before returning to Cali for shows in Anaheim and LA before a Saturday night stop in 'Sin City' and a Sunday/Monday run at the Belly Up Tavern in Solona Beach. The last week of tour brings us back to the Mile High City with stops in Tempe and Flagstaff AZ, Salt Lake City and the tour Closer at the Fillmore in Denver.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

The Rex Foundation and DSO

In addition to continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience at our shows we are working with The Rex Foundation to continue their legacy of giving. We have recently created a donation module on our fanclub-ticketing page that allows you to make a donation to the Rex Foundation while purchasing tickets to our shows.

For our summer tour former Grateful Dead tie-dye artist Courtenay Pollock designed a backdrop for us. We are pleased to raffle this off with part of the proceeds benefiting the Rex Foundation. If you would like to bid on this one of a kind tie-dye design on 4 10' x 10' panels, please send your bid and contact info to: brett@darkstarorchestra.net.

August 9, 2010 marks the 15 year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. The album includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists in the order they appear on the album are: Railroad Earth, The Black Crowes, Moonalice, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Waybacks, Widespread Panic, Hot Buttered Rum, and Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Download the files (MP3, FLAC, or ALAC) or buy the CD here.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
A Slingshot On Mars Tour
09/09 The Valarium Knoxville, TN TICKETS
09/10 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN TICKETS
09/11 Terrapin Hill Farm Harrodsburg, KY TICKETS
09/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
09/14 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC TICKETS
09/15 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA TICKETS
09/16 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
09/17 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
09/18 930 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
09/20 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
09/22 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
09/23 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
09/24 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
09/25 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
09/27 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
09/28 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
09/30 Calvin Theatre Northhampton, MA
10/01 Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
10/02 Nokia Theatre New York, NY TICKETS
Wings a Mile Long Tour
10/20 Reif Center Grand Rapids, MN TICKETS
10/21 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
10/22 The Venue Fargo, ND TICKETS
10/23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
10/25 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI TICKETS
10/26 Traverse City Opera House Traverse City,MI TICKETS
10/28 Bluebird Bloomington, IL TICKETS
10/29 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
10/30 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
10/31 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN TICKETS
11/2 Copper Dragon Carbondale, IL TICKETS
11/3 The Blue Note Columbia, MO TICKETS
11/4 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS TICKETS
11/5 The Slowdown Omaha, NE TICKETS
11/6 CCastle Theater Bloomington, IA TICKETS
Just Announced - From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA TICKETS
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS

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

Upcoming DSO 2010 Dates & News

Come dance with us this summer as we cruise along on our upcoming summer tour. New dates have been added to the first leg, including a stop at Otto's in Deklab, IL, State College, PA and Taps Summerstage in Big Flats, NY. Following a few weeks off after the first leg of the summer tour the second round of summer shows will kick off in grand fashion at Gathering of the Vibes followed by shows in Utica and Buffalo, plus a stop in Newark, OH to round out the first weekend. From there its eastward bound to Dewey Beach, DE, Atlantic City and Englewood, NJ before dropping in to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. The final run of summer shows kicks off with Party in the Park in Rochester, NY, Bears Picnic in Laurelton, PA and finishes off in Burlington, VT at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Spring Tour

Let the Brotherly love flow as the Seeds of Light Tour Kicks off at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on May 20. From there it's off to Glen Allen, VA, Montclair, NJ and Ashburn, VA. After a couple days off cruising up I-95 its on to Providence, RI and Tarrytown, NY before a two night stand at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH followed by a stop at the Mighty High Mountain Fest in Tuxedo, NY with From Good Homes, NRPS and more... Rolling on from there its onward to Stamford, CT before stops in Brooklyn and Westbury, NY and a tour finale at Mountain Jam with Govt. Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Allison Krauss and many many more!

Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

Gratefulfest - Photo Contest

As Spring turns to Summer and we start hitting some of the great outdoor events around the country we want to invite you to share your favorite Gratefulfest memories with us. Send your favorite photo of Dark Star from any Gratefulfest to brett@darkstarorchestra.net for a chance to win tickets to Gratefulfest 12 (Grand prize) or a merchandise package (Runners-up). As you share your memories with us we will be involved in making new ones at many great festivals this summer.

Mighty High Mountain Festival
Mountain Jam
Summerfest
Gratefulfest
All Good Music Festival
Gathering of the Vibes
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
In other Gratefulfest news, we will be performing a special 'Sound Check Party Set' on Thursday, July 1st. Join us one night early as we warm up the stage and get 4th of July Weekend off to a grand start.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
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
05/26 Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
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 Palace Theater at the Stamford Center Stamford, CT TICKETS
06/03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY TICKETS
06/04 Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY TICKETS
06/05 Mountain Jam Festival Hunter, NY
Rock My Soul Summer Tour
06/24 Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater Apple Valley, MN TICKETS
06/25 Simon Estes Ampitheater Des Moines, IA TICKETS
06/26 CEFCU Stage Peoria, IL
06/27 Park West Chicago, IL TICKETS
06/29 Otto's Dekalb, IL TICKETS
06/30 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/02 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/04 Gratefulfest 11 Garretsville, OH TICKETS
07/07 Veteran's Park Ampitheater Springfield, OH
07/08 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/10 State Theatre State College, PA TICKETS
07/11 Tags Summerstage Big Flats, NY
07/29 Gathering Of The Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Just Announced!
07/30 Saranac Brewery Utica, NY TICKETS
07/31 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY TICKETS
08/01 Midland Theatre Newark, OH TICKETS
08/03 Harris Riverfront Park Amphitheater Huntington, WV
08/05 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
08/06 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
08/07 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ TICKETS
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 TICKETS
Jeff Mattson joins us on lead guitar for the above dates

Important Announcement from DSO

Thank you for joining us and being a part of this continuing, long strange trip these past 12 years. Your support and excitement for the music has kept us going strong for over 1700 shows. Throughout the years, we've had transitions both difficult and uplifting, yet the positive energy of our fan base has continued to propel our mission onward for performing this important music and for keeping this vibrant scene alive.  That said, we, as a band are entering another chapter in this story.

Dark Star Orchestra's lead guitarist and one of its founding members, John Kadlecik, has decided to resign from DSO. John's last show with us will be on Dec 5 in Buffalo. DSO is supportive of John's choice and we wish him the very best.


Dark Star Orchestra will continue to bring you this music at its highest level. In our 12 year history we have gone through three drummers, three keyboard players, three bass players and numerous rhythm guitarists and we have always managed to keep improving the sound and the experience. We will be taking on a new player with his own talents and energy and turn yet another chapter in DSO history.

Veteran guitarist Jeff Mattson, of the Zen Tricksters and currently w Donna Jean Godchaux Band, will be joining us this week, on the New Year's Run, Jam Cruise, and for our upcoming Winter Tour that begins in February. We assure you all the things you love about the Dark Star Orchestra experience will continue and we ask for your patience, friendship and positive energy as we keep truckin' on...

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