DSO Releases DVD of 5/8/07 Performance
Posted on: May 08, 2008
DSO rolled into Ithaca, NY on May 8, 2007 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 5/8/77, recreating one of the most legendary Grateful Dead shows of all time. The spirited show was caught on video by iClips.net and the multi-camera shot DVD was mastered by Rob Eaton is being released on the anniversary of this show. The DVD is now available as well as the 3 CD set of the same show.
DSO Included in New Book About Tribute Bands
Posted on: April 22, 2008
A newly nationally-released book, called Like A Rolling Stone, has just been released and includes an entire chapter on the Dark Star Orchestra. Like A Rolling Stone is a superbly reported, affectionately told, hilarious account of life of a variety of tribute bands.
Legendary Sound Engineer Dan Healy Recounts Touring With DSO: "A Peek Inside By the Maestro"
Posted on: April 01, 2008
I’ve spent most of my life in the music business one way or another wearing several “jackets”. Mostly, I’m known for mixing live sound although I have spent more or less an equal amount of time in the recording studio producing and engineering as well as having been in several bands and toured playing music....Read Dan's entire post!
Dark Star Orchestra to Appear at the All Good Festival
Posted on: March 26, 2008
DSO will perform at the 11th Annual All Good Festival at Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia July 11 - 13. Other performers include Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Mike Gordon, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival, Michael Franti & Spearhead and dozens of additional bands with no overlapping sets. Discounted advanced tickets are available now from the All Good Festival website where DSO fans will save considerably off the gate price and $.50 from every ticket sold to support HeadCount's "Cents for Sense" campaign to register voters.
DSO Added to the 10,000 Lakes Festival & Gathering of the Vibes
Posted on: March 13, 2008
DSO will perform at two more summer festivals, the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota July 23 - 26 and the Gathering of the Vibes July 31 - Aug 3. Tickets for both events are available now from their respective websites. The festival banners to the left provide detail of other performers on the lineup and the 10KLF banner has information on how to receive a discounted ticket by being a DSO fan.
Keyboard Legend Ike Stubblefield Sits In With DSO
Posted on: March 03, 2008
On Saturday Dark Star Orchestra headlined Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse. During their performance, DSO invited out legendary soul keyboardist, and Atlanta-transplant, Ike Stubblefield, who has worked with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart, for versions of “King Bee” and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.”
Former GD Soundman Dan Healy to Mix DSO for Remainder of Tour
Posted on: February 14, 2008
Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy will be joining Dark Star Orchestra to mix the band’s sound beginning Friday, February 16 at DSO’s House of Blues Cleveland performance through the final tour stop in Langerado. Dan Healy mixed the Grateful Dead from 1968 through 1994 and has done sound for DSO on previous occasions, notably in October 2007 when Bob Weir joined DSO for a few sets at The Fillmore. Veteran DSO sound engineer Cameron Blietz needs to leave the road to heal chronic back pain, but will return to the mixing board for future tours.
DSO supporters and Deadheads are encouraged to leave ‘well-wishes’ for Cameron’s rapid return to full health by leaving a comment for him at DSO’s MySpace page: www.myspace.com/darkstarorchestra
DSO to Perform at Bonnaroo
Posted on: February 06, 2008
Dark Star Orchestra has been confirmed as part of the initial lineup for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 7th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 12-15 on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. The final Bonnaroo 2008 lineup will total over 100 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.
Tickets go on sale exclusively through bonnaroo.com Saturday, February 16 at 12:00 PM EDT.
Some Bonnaroo 2008 Confirmed Artists:
Pearl Jam, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Featuring T Bone Burnett, Phil Lesh & Friends, My Morning Jacket, The Allman Brothers Band, The Raconteurs, Willie Nelson, Death Cab for Cutie, B.B. King, Sigur Ros, Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road, Ben Folds, O.A.R., The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton, M.I.A., Umphrey's McGee, Iron & Wine, Yonder Mountain String Band, Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Greene, Little Feat & over sixty additional bands. View the entire Bonnaroo lineup.
The "1500 and Counting Tour" Begins Jan. 31
Posted on: January 12, 2008
Hot on the heels of the '10th Anniversary Tour', Dark Star Orchestra will perform their 1,500th show on this tour, in their hometown of Chicago on February 2. Tickets are now available for the spring tour through DSO Ticketing- it's the online home of our fan club ticketing where you get DSO tickets with lower service fees and each ticket you purchase actually plants a tree! So be sure to secure your chance to see the band as they celebrate another milestone of their career!
2007 - A Banner Year for Dark Star Orchestra
Posted on: December 31, 2007
With 2007 fading away and now behind us, DSO looks back on 10 highlights from our 10th year on the road:
- -Adding Rob Barraco to DSO full-time on keyboards and vocals
- -Raising over $22,000 for the Rex Foundation during the DSO Rex Caravan Tour of the West Coast
- -Celebrating our 10-year anniversary since forming on a cold November 1997 night in Chicago: what a long strange trip it's been!
- -Performing with Bob Weir at the Fillmore during the Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit the Rex Foundation
- -Playing the 30th anniversary of 5/8/77, releasing the recordings as the 3-CD Ithaca: 30 Years Later
- -Performing our first European dates at Amsterdam's Jam in the Dam festival alongside Yonder Mountain, Keller Williams and Galactic
- -Finishing the year by selling out all four mid-Atlantic shows leading up to and including New Year's Eve
- -Raising nearly $3000 for Rett Syndrome research at the 5th Annual GratefulFest Benefit Song Raffle, bringing the 5 year total to nearly $15,000 raised for Rett research!
- -Launching the all new DarkStarOrchestra.net website
- -Having the privilege of performing the Grateful Dead's timeless music to over 125,000 of the best fans nationwide