Jeff Mattson Gets the Gig
Posted on: June 21, 2010
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.
Terrapin Nation Celebration
Posted on: June 14, 2010
Gratefulfest 11 will kick off a day early this year with a very special Sound Check Party featuring a Terrapin Nation set by Dark Star Orchestra on Thursday, July 1st. Join us as we warm up the stage and get settled in for what looks to be another grand weekend at the Ledges.
As previously announced, Gratefulfest will feature 3 Nights of Dark Star Orchestra performances plus sets by: Keller Williams – 2 Special Sets, Keller & the Keels do Deadgrass & more plus a Keller Solo Dance Set, New Riders of the Purple Sage, JGB, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Moonalice, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Jemimah Puddleduck, Donna Jean Band, Boombox, Mr. David Gans, DJ Harry and Rumor Has It.
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A Mountain of Fun for All
Posted on: June 07, 2010
Thank you to everyone who put on Mountain Jam last weekend. We had a blast with our late night set and were honored to be joined by festival host Warren Haynes and his Govt. Mule keyboard counterpart Danny Louis. The pair joined in for New Speedway Boogie>GDTRFD in the middle of our set which we capped off with Alligator>Drums>Space>The Eleven>Shakedown Street>Tangled Up In Blue. It was a great way to wrap up our Seeds of Light Tour.
A few weeks from now we will be back on the road for the ‘Rock My Soul Summer Tour’. Check out the Tour Dates Page for the schedule and complete details.
Seeds Of Light Food Drives
Posted on: May 19, 2010
During our upcoming Seeds of Light Tour we will be hosting food drives at many venues along the way. Strangers Helping Strangers will be be collecting at the the shows on 5/22, 5/26, 5/27 and 6/2. On 6/4 Rock Can Roll will be on hand to take donations.
We ask that donations are unopened, professionally packaged and non-perishable. Healthy and nutritious (ie…low sodium, high fiber) foods are always appreciated.
Here is a list of the most needed items:
Peanut butter, Jams, Canned meat and fish, Hearty soups, Macaroni & cheese, boxed dinners, Coffee / Tea, Iced, Canned Fruits & Vegetables, Milk, Parmalat milk boxes, Hot Chocolate, 100% canned or boxed juices, Gatorade, Infant formula, Baby food, Pediacare, Beans, Sweets, Breakfast, Granola and Snack Bars, Pretzels, Dried fruits, Nuts, Pasta and Rice, Healthy cereals, Oatmeal and hot cereals, Flour, baking mixes, Spices, Canned Sauces, Condiments, Applesauce, Puddings & Custards, Personal Toiletry Items
PLEASE NO GLASS – CHECK DATES – NO DENTS
Thanks for your support!
Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete tour details
Spring Tour Begins 5/20
Posted on: May 17, 2010
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!
Our friend Jeff Mattson will be joining us on lead guitar for this run and for the rest of the summer. We are happy to have him on board and cant wait to get the music rolling!
Check out our Tour Dates Page for complete details.
Mountain Jamming And Happy Birthday Levon
Posted on: April 15, 2010
Dark Star is excited to return to NY again this summer for Mountain Jam 6. This year will feature a very special show celebrating the 70th birthday of legendary drummer Levon Helm. He will celebrate his 70th Birthday by closing Mountain Jam on Sunday, June 6th with a little help from a few well-known friends. The special Levon Helm & Friends set will feature Donald Fagen, Ray Lamontagne, Steve Earle, Patterson & David Hood & Jackie Greene plus many other performers already on the bill for the festival including host, Warren Haynes. Other acts on the lineup include: Gov't Mule (2 Nights), Alison Krauss and Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas), Michael Franti & Spearhead, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, The Avett Brothers and many more!
Hope to see you for the Jam on the Mountain!
New Downloads Abound...Spring Tour Coming Soon
Posted on: April 01, 2010
Our recent tour with Jeff Mattson filling in on guitar has yielded a great amount of new releases for our DSO On Demand series. Many of these shows (2/3/10,2/4/10,2/5/10,2/8/10 and 2/10/10) are from the Dead's legendary Europe 72 shows and have never been performed by DSO. There are also 2 special shows with guests (2/6/10 w. Allie Kral of Cornmeal & Donna Jean and 2/20/10 w. Tom Constanten). Both shows allow the band to stretch their normal boundaries with some great friends joining in the fun.
Visit our DSO On Demand Page to check them out as some are available now and others will be live for download in the next few days. While your there check back into the archives for a hidden gem from DSO's past.
Our 'One Way Or Another Tour' will kick off next week at The BellyUp in Aspen, CO. Check out our Tour Dates Page for the full tour details.
Hope to see you on the road!
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!