Rest in Peace Merl Saunders
Posted on: October 24, 2008
Dark Star Orchestra expresses its sadness and shares condolences with the family of Merl Saunders, legendary keyboardist, musical innovator, and member of the Grateful Dead's extended family (Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia Band, etc) who passed away this morning from complications from his stroke in 2002. Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who knew Merl personally and we collectively appreciate his spirit and the music he shared with us for decades. Anyone wishing to express their personal thoughts can leave a message on his website.
Posted on: October 20, 2008
We are all looking forward to our special Halloween show next week at the Pageant in St Louis. We encourage everyone to dress up for the occasion and to participate in our Costume Contest. To participate, please register at our merchandise table prior to the show with our lovely merchandiser, Sarah….We will announce the finalists at the end of the first set and will announce the winner at set break. The Grand Prize will be 4 tickets to a DSO show of you choice plus a merchandise package.
November 18th - The State Theatre - Ithaca, NY
Posted on: October 14, 2008
Our apologies for any confusion, the show on November 18th will be held at The State Theater of Ithaca
DSO's Bonnaroo Performance Now Available on iTunes via 'Live Bonnaroo' Release
Posted on: October 02, 2008
A soundboard recording of DSO's first performance at Bonnaroo 2008 is now available on iTunes via the festival's 'Live Bonnaroo' release. Nearly a dozen other groups' Bonnaroo recordings are included at iTunes.
Grateful Dead Soundman Dan Healy Mixes DSO This Tour
Posted on: September 29, 2008
Sound engineer extraordinaire, Dan Healy, who for three decades mixed the sound for the Grateful Dead has been on tour with DSO since the beginning of the Fall Tour, as well as earlier in 2008. DSO is thoroughly enjoying the time having Dan on the road with them and having his masterful audio artwork make its way to your ears. Dan was one of the architects of the Dead's legendary 'Wall of Sound' that created the epic shows from 1973 and 1974.
Interested fans may also want to check out this great feature article that details a 'Day in the Life' of Dark Star Orchestra on the road, for which Dan Healy is included.
DSO's Cosmic New Year's
Posted on: September 11, 2008
This year we will celebrate New Year's Eve with a special show at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD, presented by Walther Productions, the company that brings you the All Good Music Festival. Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. A limited quantity of tickets is now available at the Early Bird Price. Buy Now and save $30 off the door price.
Enjoy NYE in style with a VIP ticket offering VIP merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more. VIP Tickets available while supplies last.
NYE Hotel Deal Available Here
Make a road trip of it and join us for the last 4 shows of the year; Richmond's National (12/28), Norfolk's NorVa (12/29), location TBA 12/30, Baltimore's Rams Head Live! (12/31).
Obtain Pieces of Grateful Dead History at Oct. 5 SF Auction
Posted on: September 05, 2008
Fans of the Grateful Dead, Dark Star Orchestra and rock collectors will vie for desirable memorabilia at auction Bonhams & Butterfields on October 5, 2008 in San Francisco, during “More Skeletons from the Closet,” the firm’s second auction devoted to the iconic and beloved San Francisco rock band. The Grateful Dead-inspired auction will feature gold records awarded, tour and studio instruments, the band’s “ride”-- a ’56 Chevy that transported Dead band mates and Bay Area VIPs, unique treasures that traveled with the band, and scarce concert posters. Property stems from the Estate of Vince Welnick, former Dead keyboardist; from the collection of Rock Scully, decades-long band manager; "Pig Pen," John Kahn and from other notable “Dead Heads” intimate with the band’s legacy.
The October 2-4 preview and October 5 auction are scheduled to coincide with Dark Star Orchestra's three highly anticipated shows at San Francisco’s infamous Fillmore Auditorium. The previews are free and open to the public, continuing until the auction stages on Sunday. For information and directions, visit Bonhams & Butterfields on the web at http://www.bonhams.com/us for further information.
Gratefulfest 9 – A Weekend to Remember
Posted on: September 04, 2008
We want to thank all of you who made it out and were a part of another wonderful weekend of Gratefulfest out at Nelson's Ledges. Evan certainly knows how to throw a party and 4,500 fans congregated in the sunny weather and quarry magic proved it. Dan Healy naturally killed it on the mixing board using the Meyer line-array rig that he practically invented. We were honored to have our friends Donna-Jean and Keller Williams sit in and mix it up with us. The fest was graced with stellar up and coming bands to watch out for such as: The Bridge, Boombox, Cornmeal, Donna-Jean and the Tricksters, and New Mastersounds - plus it was seasoned with some legendary greats such as Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Ramblin Jack, Wavy Gravy and David Gans. Wow, what a fantastic weekend…thanks again for coming out and sharing it with us.
Next Stop Gratefulfest
Posted on: August 14, 2008
We are delighted to announce that Dan Healy will join us behind the soundboard for all three nights at GratefulFest 9, happening at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park this Labor Day Weekend (August 29 - Sept. 1). DSO returns for 3 days and nights of fun, sun and great tunes. Along with three full DSO shows, there will be performances from: Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet & Garaj Mahal, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Bridge, Cornmeal, Mr. David Gans, Roots-A-Risin, The Max Allen Band, Sanduleak, Boombox, Donna & The Tricksters, Mr. Blotto, Big Leg Emma, The Chef Dave Band, Red Hot Trio and Late Night Allstar jams!
Click here to buy your GratefulFest tickets in advance.
DSO and Rex Foundation Partner Up for Black Tie Dye Ball Sept. 27 in Los Angeles
Posted on: August 03, 2008
Dark Star Orchestra is excited to be hosting yet another Black Tie Dye Ball Saturday, September 27 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles to benefit the Rex Foundation. Be sure to get your tickets early and don't miss out on the pre-show reception which includes meet and greet with DSO, silent auction, food, drinks and goodie bags. All ticket sales benefit the Rex Foundation, founded by the Grateful Dead 25 years ago to proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. Your ticket and reception purchases help continue this long-running support network.
Secure your reception tickets and upgrades now at www.RexFoundation.org