Although Jerry Garcia has been gone for nearly a quarter of a century, it does not mean that the party has to stop. Fans who want to relive the Grateful Dead concert experience can enjoy the Dark Star Orchestra, which is much more than just a cover band. The Dark Star Orchestra fully recreates the Dead's concert performances to the point where fans feel like they are watching the classic band themselves. When you watch the Dark Star Orchestra play, you can personally live the theme of the Grateful Dead song entitled "The Music Never Stopped."
Worthy Successors to the Grateful Dead
The Dark Star Orchestra was founded in 1997 when Grateful Dead fans were experiencing a void after the passing of Garcia. At the time, the status of the post-Grateful Dead band members, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, was still in doubt, and nobody knew if the surviving members of the band would play together again. The band has been through various lineups in its more than 20 years of existence, but the one constant is the timeless music and lyrics of Garcia and his co-writer Robert Hunter that fans still love many years later.
Where can I buy Dark Star Orchestra tickets?
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How often does Dark Star Orchestra perform each year?
Dark Star Orchestra is almost as prolific as the band they aim to emulate. For example, in 2008, the band played over 150 concerts. The Grateful Dead experience emphasizes the notion of life on the road and the neverending tour. The group has played as many as 200 dates in a year. In 2011, the band surpassed the 2,000 show mark after less than 15 years in existence.
Does Dark Star Orchestra play any other types of shows?
While most of the shows aim to recreate Dead shows, Dark Star Orchestra concerts also devote some time to covering songs of the Jerry Garcia Band. In addition, the band will also play several acoustic shows each year, giving a different take to the songs. Sometimes, different members of the band will play together to give the songs a different type of sound.
How true to the Grateful Dead is Dark Star Orchestra?
Members of the Grateful Dead themselves have played with this band on occasion throughout the years. Guitarist Jeff Mattson resembles Jerry Garcia, both in appearance and in his style of guitar playing. Everything, right down to the drums and space sets in the concert resemble what a Grateful Dead show would look and sound like.
Is Dark Star Orchestra touring in 2019?
Dark Star Orchestra tours every single year. The only question is not whether they will be touring but how many tours they will do in a given year. The band has been known to go on between eight and 10 tours a year.
What is Dark Star Orchestra's setlist?
It depends on the show. Sometimes, the band will mix in various different Grateful Dead songs, just like the original band did. Many nights, the Dark Star Orchestra will pick a particular Grateful Dead show and recreate it in its entirety from start to finish, including the setlists and many of the musical riffs.
What bands are similar to Dark Star Orchestra?
Of course, if you want to hear the music of the Grateful Dead, the band Dead and Company has three members of the original band, along with John Mayer providing the lead guitar and some of the vocals. You can also see Bob Weir's own band Ratdog.Back to Top
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