DSO High School Ready To Rock
Posted on: July 26, 2013
It’s just ten days until DSO High School, August 5-9 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Big Indian, New York, and we're more than stoked to join you for four days and nights of live performances – including a special acoustic show at the Bearsville Theater. Beyond that you will enjoy imaginative band and crew workshops, master classes, presentations, and a look into the Grateful Dead's brilliant approach to music, with instructors that include Donna Jean Godchaux, David Gans and Betty Cantor-Jackson. If you think that sounds more like “camp” than “school,” then you’ll really love the gourmet meals, hiking, swimming and fun! Full Moon is a year-round mountain resort dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts. Register now and spend the first week of August making some of the coolest high-school memories ever!
A Festive Week For DSO
Posted on: July 19, 2013
The next three Dark Star Orchestra shows are festivals, starting with a special acoustic set at the All Good Festival in Thornville, OH on Friday (7/19), Long Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival on Saturday (7/20) and then the official kick-off of Summer Tour 2013, Leg 2, next Thursday (7/25) in Connecticut at the Gathering Of The Vibes! From there, we have 18 dates over three weeks including the centerpiece, DSO High School. DSOHS is happening August 5-9 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Big Indian, with band and crew workshops, master classes, presentations, interactive jams and guest instructors that include Donna Jean Godchaux, David Gans and Betty Cantor-Jackson each day, plus nightly Dark Star Orchestra shows. In addition, we’ve added a full two-set acoustic show at the nearby Bearsville Theater on Thursday, August 8, and we’re including that your DSOHS registration! More curriculum details are here, and don’t forget to check out the full tour schedule for Summer Tour 2013. Tickets for most shows are available at DSOtix.
DSO Announces Fall Tour West
Posted on: July 10, 2013
No sooner will Summer turn to Fall than Dark Star Orchestra will be truckin’ on with the Fall Tour West, beginning September 27. Starting with mountain spots like Jackson Hole, Bozeman and Missoula, the bus then heads northwest for three shows in Washington state, two nights in Portland, followed by a trek through California that stops in good ole SF for a weekend. Finally, making stops in Vegas and Salt Lake before wrapping up in late October with three nights in Boulder! Tickets for most shows are at DSOtix.
Dark Star High School Starts Soon
Posted on: July 07, 2013
We hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July holiday, but now it’s just one month until the first DSO High School, August 5-9 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Big Indian, New York, and we've added a special acoustic show at The Bearsville Theater on Thursday, August 8. The show is included as a bonus for those attending DSOHS, plus tickets will be available to the public, so if you're not "gettin' schooled" you can still rock out at the show. Other benefits of registering for class include band and crew workshops, master classes, presentations, interactive jams and guest instructors that include Donna Jean Godchaux, David Gans and Betty Cantor-Jackson, plus nightly Dark Star Orchestra shows. The full expanded curriculum can be seen here, and there are accommodations to fit any preference. Register now and spend the first week of August in the coolest school ever!
Preview New DSO Online Store, Summer Tour Starts Now
Posted on: June 27, 2013
Take a sneak peak at the brand new Dark Star Orchestra online store. With our new sleek interface it’s easier than ever to wave your DSO flag with everything from tees to hoodies to batiks to dyes and everything in between. We’re aiming for a Fall grand-opening, but you can look around now and pick up what you need for Summer Tour.
Speaking of Summer Tour 2013, DSO kicks things off in Colorado this weekend and stays on the road through August, with stops that include our annual stop in Apple Valley, MN, a free show in Springfield, OH and visits to the All Good Festival, Long Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, A Bear’s Picnic and plenty of places in between, including the first ever DSO High School. So come help us welcome Jim Allard will fill in as Dark Star Orchestra bassist the summer tour dates. Tickets for most shows are here.
DSO High School Expanded Curriculum
Posted on: June 22, 2013
Dark Star Orchestra has announced the expanded curriculum for the first DSO High School retreat at the beautiful Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Forest Preserve in Big Indian, New York. The dates are August 5-9, so join us for four days and nights of live performances, imaginative band and crew workshops, master classes, presentations, interactive jams and an inside look into the Grateful Dead's approach to music.
There will be gourmet meals, hiking, swimming and fun, plus expert faculty such as Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans, legendary Dead recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson and former Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux. Learn guitar, keyboard and drum techniques and the signature guitar sounds of Jerry and Bob from members of DSO and hear "Betty Board" recordings never previously released. To find all the details of classes and special private performances from DSO, just click here.
The Golden Road Beckons
Posted on: June 16, 2013
We’re just 10 days away from Summer Tour 2013, taking Dark Star Orchestra from Colorado on a winding road through most of the country, including another stop at Legend Valley for the All Good Festival, the Great South Bay Festival, GOTV and the first ever DSO High School. We’re hitting all the favorite summer venues like The Mish, the Minnesota Zoo, Veterans Park Amphitheater and many more. All the info is here and most tickets are available at DSOtix.
High Time At The Jubilee
Posted on: May 31, 2013
It was indeed a high time in Legend Valley over Memorial Day weekend as Dark Star ignited the summer festival vibe at The Jubilee for three days of incredible music, unreal jams and good lovin' family vibes! Putting an ’80s show recreation together with two insane electives, DSO set the tone for thrilling music with all of the other performers rising to the occasion with outstanding sets.
Some of the highlights included a psychedelic sit-in by Rob and Dino when Mickey Hart Band wrapped up the first night with a stellar “Fire On The Mountain;” Koritz drumming and Rob Barraco sitting on bass with DSO Tour Manager extraordinaire, Matt Reynolds, for his Saturday set; and Jeff Mattson ripping through a set with the Donna Jean Godchaux Band augmented by Koritz adding percussion flair.
Now it’s off to New England for the last week of Spring Tour East, ending with a bittersweet show in Hampton Beach, NH as we bid adieu to DSO's original bassist Kevin Rosen. Tickets can still be found here.
Comes A Time For The Jubilee!
Posted on: May 22, 2013
The Dark Star Jubilee is finally here, and we couldn't be more excited for the weekend ahead of us! The days will be warm and the nights will be cool, so be prepared for both and don't forget to stock up on plenty of drinks as the festival is BYOB - we will NOT be selling beer or liquor on-site. Most of your camping will be inside the concert venue (tents only) and just a short walk to your car. This weekend is bound to be full of amazing experiences and magical moments, so bring along your friends for 3 beautiful days of Dark Star Orchestra, our family and our favorite bands. Advance tickets are available until 8:00 pm on Thursday. Gate Prices: 3 Day $150, 2 Day $120 (9:00 am on Sat - noon on Mon), 1 Day $80 (9:00 am on Sun - noon on Mon). Need a ride?? Check out Ricky Rides. We'll meet you at The Jubilee!
We'll Meet You At The Jubilee
Posted on: May 18, 2013
In just a few short days we will gather together at Legend Valley in peace, music and communal kindness for The Dark Star Jubilee. By offering Tent Camping inside the concert venue, we will create a space where fans, bands and staff interact as one. Take advantage of the unique situation for tent campers, where you can park your car, BYOB, carry your gear for a couple hundred years and set up camp right inside the concert venue. You camp with the family, away from the rest of the world, facing the stage, near the vendors, and with the music. Grab your tickets in advance, save some dough and we’ll see you soon!