Dark Star Orchestra Celebrates 17 Years

Article Contributed by Musical Earth | Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On a cold fall evening, November 11, 1997, the founding lineup for the Dark Star Orchestra began its first of four weekly performances run at Chicago’s Martyrs’. Fast forward to 2014 where today the band has performed 2379 shows in that time, eclipsing the number of shows the Grateful Dead performed over its 30 year arc.

With DSO’s Fall Tour beginning tomorrow in Buffalo, today the band announces a unique lineup swap for two performances on this tour. With the band’s bassist Skip Vangelas unable to perform with the group on November 21 (Lupo’s in Providence, RI) and November 22 (The Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford, CT), Dark Star Orchestra once again welcomes Dead family keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, RatDog, The Dead) to the band’s stage for these two nights, while DSO’s Rob Barraco holds down the bass role for these performances.

For complete information on Dark Star Orchestra’s Fall Tour (starting tomorrow November 12 in Buffalo, NY), its New Year’s Eve Run, Winter Tour as well as their Jam in the Sand excursion to Negril, Jamaica please visit http://www.darkstarorchestra.net/tour-dates.