On a mild January Friday night in Boulder, my photographer, Harvdog and I decided to skip the usual CU ragefest and check out Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue performing the "Best Of Winterland" at our local Boulder Theater.
Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra is beckoning to the spring with Spring Tour West 2013 starting in Colorado on March 28 with a rousing 4/20 conclusion set for Seattle. Along the way we'll include shows in Denver, San Diego and almost a full week around the Bay Area, while visiting some of our favorite venues as well as new ones, including Club Nokia in L.A.
Dark Star Orchestra is happy to announce the 2nd annual Dark Star Jubilee. They could not wait until Labor Day so DSO is moving the Jubilee to Memorial Day Weekend. The festivities will take place on May 24-26, 2013 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio (30 minutes East of Columbus).The Dark Star Jubilee will operate with the same philosophy as last year where the fans, bands, and crew co-exist as one.
Dark Star Orchestra, widely known as one of today's premier improvisational rock bands, will perform their show "Dark Star Orchestra: Recreating the Grateful Dead Experience" at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, New York on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 9:00pm. Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Phil and Friends, Ratdog) will be filling in for Rob Barracco on keys.
In a move that excited many DSO and Furthur fans across the country, Phil and Friends have pulled off a trade for Rob Barraco, keyboardist for Dark Star Orchestra, sending keyboardist Jeff Chimenti to the chilly east coast to play four DSO dates in New York, Maine, and Massachusetts and Connecticut.
On December 6 - 9 Dark Star Orchestra's Rob Barraco will join Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring and John Molo for a return of Phil Lesh and Friends: The Q. This reunited all-star cast will perform four rare and intimate shows taking place at Phil's concert venue, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. With December 5-8 being the last four nights of DSO's Fall Tour, the Phil Lesh camp is sending their keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti of Furthur, to fill in for Rob Barraco.
Since I started reviewing shows, I have taken great care to listen not only to the music made on stage, but also to those who bring live improvisation to climactic heights with their ears and energy: the crowd. At any show, the canvas is always painted by the musicians, yet concomitantly framed by the listeners. Two crowd members, in particular, helped me frame Dark Star Orchestra’s superb tour closer at the Boulder Theater last Saturday.