Gratefulfest 11 Artist Update!
Posted on: March 18, 2010
The ledges are calling as summer grows closer. Our annual shindig just grew with a great announcement of bands. Joining us during 4th of July weekend will be:
Keller Williams – 2 Special Sets
Keller & the Keels do Deadgrass & more plus a Keller Solo Dance Set!
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine
Donna Jean Band
Mr. David Gans
Rumor Has It
Plus fireworks, burning man, clowns, fire performers and great times.
Many more bands will be added over the next few weeks so stay tuned!
Gratefulfest 11 will take place July 2-5 at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Visit their
website for more information.
Recently Added Shows....
Posted on: March 03, 2010
As the band wraps up the last few dates of the Southbound Winter Tour a bunch of dates have been added to the upcoming tour schedule. For the ‘One Way Or Another’ spring tour we have added a stop in Olympia, WA on 4/18 at the Capitol Theater as well two California dates with shows in Modesto and Santa Ana on 4/25 and 4/29 respectively.
Plus a show has been added to the Seeds Of Light Tour. This will be the first DSO show at The Palace Theater in Stamford, CT. That show rounds out a tour that takes the band all over the east coast including a return to Mountain Jam as the tour closer....please check our Tour Dates Page for a complete calendar.
Life After Dead: JamBase DSO Feature
Posted on: February 25, 2010
Dark Star Orchestra is featured on JamBase.com with this fantastic article. Interviews with Rob Eaton and Rob Barraco unveil a lot of interesting viewpoints and insights into the group. Pass it on!
Spend A Little Time On The Mountain
Posted on: February 16, 2010
We are excited to be returning to the All Good Festival this year. This is one of our favorite festivals of the year and we are thrilled to be a part of their Thursday Throw Down on July 8th along with The New Deal, Fort Knox Five and more!
Other artists just announced for this year:
FURTHUR featuring PHIL LESH & BOB WEIR
Yonder Mountain String Band
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force
Plus many more acts to be announced!!
Tickets go on-sale Friday February, 19th at 12:00 EST via All Good Ticketing or charge by phone: 800-594-TIXX (8499)
For the first time ever the All Good Festival will be offering a 4 Day Pass. In addition to three days of music in the main concert area, this will include admission to the Thursday Throw-down on the Grassroots stage July 8th with Dark Star Orchestra, The New Deal, Fort Knox Five and more, plus an extra night of camping. 4 Day Passes are available now and offer the best value saving you over $80 off the gate price.
Visit the Official Festival Website for more information.
Southbound Winter Tour
Posted on: February 05, 2010
DSO has embarked on their first tour of 2010. Starting out just a bit this side of The Great White North in Minneapolis, MN followed by a stop in Milwaukee and 2 nights at The Vic Theatre in Chi-Town. Next its a Midwest run with shows in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indianapolis before a weekend run of shows in Ohio with stops in Columbus and Cleveland. From there is on to (hopefully) warmer climates with shows in Covington, KY and Asheville, NC before a two nighter at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC. Heading farther south, the next run of shows hits Birmingham, AL and Oxford, MS followed by two nights at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. After the Hotlanta double dose its west Texas bound with stops in New Orleans, Houston and Dallas before wrapping up the tour in Austin.
Hope to see you on the trail!
Click HERE for tickets and more details on upcoming DSO tour dates.
DSO Returns to Mountain Jam!
Posted on: January 21, 2010
Dark Star Orchestra is excited to join these great artists just announced for Mountain Jam VI.
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Avett Brothers
Toots and the Maytals
Yonder Mountain String Band
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
The London Souls
Strangers Helping Strangers - Help To Haiti
Posted on: January 20, 2010
Join Dark Star Orchestra and lend a hand to those in need by texting "Haiti" to 90999. You will receive a text that says "To confirm your $10 donation to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts reply with YES." After you do so, you're all good, it's just added to your phone bill.
Please tell a friend!
Spring Tour Announced
Posted on: January 12, 2010
As the winter ice begins to melt we will start our Spring Tour in April. Joining us on guitar and vocals for this tour will be Stu Allen of (JGB). With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band. He can’t wait to get out on the road and play for you folks.
The tour will kick off with a run through the Colorado Rockies including stops in Aspen, Avon and 2 nights in Boulder at The Boulder Theater of all places! From there, it’s westward bound to Portland, Seattle and Reno before another 2 night stand, this time in San Francisco at The Regency Ballroom. After San Fran it’s on to LA for a show at the El Rey Theatre before closing out the tour in Solona Beach. Rocky Mountain High to California Sun. Hope to see you out there!
Visit our TOUR DATES PAGE for for tickets, more info and additional show announcements this coming week.
A Cosmic Time was had by All
Posted on: January 07, 2010
It seemed that everyone had a blast this year as we celebrated the New Year in Baltimore at Rams Head Live with 6 plus hours of music. The Bridge kicked off the night with a smokin’ set w Rob Koritz sitting in for most of the show. We then rolled into our 2nd ever Acoustic Set on the east coast: Deep Elem, Monkey, Cold Jordan, You Ain’t Woman Enough, Midnight Moonlight, Mountains of the Moon into Ripple. We took a short break and rocked right into our 1st Electric Set: Help>Slip>Franklin’s, Cassidy (w/Donna), Next Time You See Me, Cumberland, Midnight Hour – into the countdown and back to Midnight Hour>China>Rider. At midnight there was the thunder of confetti cannons, a shower of balloons and a return of Father Time as he welcomed in the New Year by shadowing the musicians and dancing his freaky timeless dance with Donna Jean. As the confetti settled and the balloons kept bouncing we went into our 3rd Set Scarlet (w/Donna)>William Tell>The Eleven>Fire(w/Both ladies)>Drumz>Sp...anish jam>Alligator>Blues for Allah>St Stephen>Viola Lee. Encores w/ both ladies...I’ll Be With Thee>Tangled Up in Blue. We hope that you all had as much fun as we did and we wish you all the happiest and healthiest of New Years.
Letter To The Fans
Posted on: November 18, 2009
Dear DSO Fan –
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, formerly 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…
Dark Star Orchestra