Help DSO Help Strangers Helping Strangers
Posted on: May 13, 2013
We're so excited to once again be partnering up with Strangers Helping Strangers to raise food donations for local food banks at some of our upcoming shows in Wilmington, DE, Keene, NH, Boston and Hampton Beach. Please bring non-perishable food items with you to the show and drop them off at their table before the music starts. As always, the healthier the better, but they accept everything from beans and rice to tuna and ramen. Take the opportunity to give back to the community that hosts us for one great night and donate food to SHS! Don’t have a ticket yet? Check here.
Bassist Kevin Rosen to Leave DSO, Replacements Announced
Posted on: May 03, 2013
Bassist Kevin Rosen is the longest running member of Dark Star Orchestra having performed over 2000 shows since we formed with a four-night stand at Martyrs’ in Chicago in November 1997.
Citing health issues of his aging mother and a need for an extended break from touring, Rosen will perform at our 2nd annual Dark Star Jubilee Festival before finishing his low end duties at the June 1 tour-ending performance at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Portsmouth, NH.
A variety of bassists have stepped up to fill the vital role beginning with Skip Vangelas filling in May 9 – 14. Skip played with DSO rhythm guitarist/vocalist Rob Eaton in the NJ-based Border Legion and filled in on bass for four DSO Colorado shows in the Spring of 2001. Kevin returns to the road to handle the low end from May 15 to June 1. Starting with DSO’s summer tour, bassist Jim Allard will fill in as Dark Star Orchestra bassist staring June 28 through the summer tour dates.
Kevin’s note to Dark Star Orchestra fans and his band mates:
After all my years of touring with Dark Star Orchestra, I find myself in need of an extended break from life on the road. In addition, my mother’s declining health makes it even more important to be home at this time.
For the first five shows of our May tour, our good friend, Skip Vengelas will be filling the bass role. I will be returning for the rest of the tour, culminating with my last performance at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on June 1. Please know that I am leaving with a heavy heart.
I would like to thank all of the fans for your support throughout the years. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the members of the DSO family. Over the years, you have become my family. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to be a part of DSO and I know that I am going to miss it. I will surely miss my band mates, all of my friends in the audience and the many great people I have met along the way.
Rest assured that the train will keep on rolling and the bass position will be in capable hands for years to come.
May all of your days be good ones!
DSO Reveals Friday Jubilee Schedule / Volunteer for your Jubilee Ticket
Posted on: April 26, 2013
With less than a month until the second Dark Star Jubilee, May 24-26 at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, we’ve just announced the schedule for Friday May 24. Kicking things off at 6 PM will be Greensky Bluegrass on the Dark Star Stage, then we move to The Other One (other stage, that is), where The Ark Band plays until it’s time for a full two-set DSO show, but the fun doesn’t stop there as we move on to Late Night sets from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, followed by Mickey Hart Band! Tickets and camping packages can be found here. If you would like to work in exchange for your Dark Star Jubilee ticket check here to read all about it.
It's All Good With DSO
Posted on: April 24, 2013
The All Good Festival announced a special acoustic set by DSO today to take place on the weekend of July 18 - 21 at Legend Valley. You can get all the ticket details here, including info on a Dark Star Jubilee/All Good Festival package put together for festival lovers where you can double your fun for a lot less than double the price. With The Jubilee, All Good, DSO High School and Jam In The Sand II on the horizon, plus Spring Tour East 2013 starting in two weeks, keep checking back for all the up-to-date info as it happens. And don’t forget tickets for most shows can be found at DSOtix.
Dark Star's Jamaican Jam in the Sand II
Posted on: April 17, 2013
We're extremely excited to announce that Dark Star Orchestra and Island Gigs will be teaming up once again to host...
Dark Star's Jamaican JAM IN THE SAND II
An ALL-INCLUSIVE trip to Jamaica….. at the adults only (all-inclusive) Breezes Grand Resort, Negril, Jamaica, February 28 - March 4, 2014.
This is an event that you and yours will not want to miss... your days will be spent on the beach enjoying everything the resort has to offer and the nights will be spent under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra.
For More Information Check Us Out At DSO Jam In The Sand .
Late Night At The Jubilee
Posted on: April 11, 2013
As the Jubilee is fast approaching, we’re getting more and more excited about all the magic that’s gonna happen. It’s time to share some of that with you. On Friday, Mickey Hart Band, as a curtain call to last year’s impromptu drum circle in the VIP tent, will rock & roll us into the morning hours. On Saturday, DSO will start their headlining set a little later than usual and keep it rockin’ through the midnight hour. When Sunday night comes around, the local favorites, The Werks will light it up and close out the festival. Grab your ticket now and be one with us at the Jubilee.
Buffalo and Rochester Added To Spring Tour East
Posted on: April 08, 2013
With the unfortunate cancellation of the Mighty High Mountain Fest, we added a couple of shows so our upstate New York friends can still get their DSO Boogie on for the weekend of May 18-19. Dark Star Orchestra is pleased to add May 18th at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY and May 19th at Rochester’s Water Street Music Hall to Spring Tour East 2013! Tickets for most shows are at DSOtix. And – of course – after our Upstate swing it’s on to Thornville, OH, where we’ll meet you at The Jubilee!
DSO High School Early Bird Ends Midnight Friday
Posted on: April 04, 2013
DSO High School is coming up August 5 - 9 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskills, and you have until midnight Friday, April 5, to save $200 off the full tuition. DSOHS offers an exclusive curriculum designed for the music-loving Head, with workshops, activities, music lessons and nightly Dark Star Orchestra shows. DSOHS is part of the Music Masters Camp series where educational, recreational and artistic workshops fill the days with sessions led by the members of DSO plus great instructors including Donna Jean Godchaux, Betty Cantor-Jackson and David Gans. A variety of DSO High School packages are available now and include catered food and a variety of accommodations from upscale lodging to tent camping at Full Moon Resort, just a half hour west of Woodstock, NY. Click here before midnight Friday and save!
Posted on: March 29, 2013
Dark Star Orchestra has just kicked off Spring Tour West in Colorado, and before we’re done we’ll hit Phoenix, all of California – including five nights in the San Francisco Bay Area – and finish up on 4/20 weekend in the Pacific Northwest. All this leads to Spring Tour East, which includes the 2nd Annual Dark Star Jubilee. Tickets for most shows are at DSOtix, and for The Jubilee you can still grab GA tickets, Good Lovin’ VIP passes, Little Star kids’ tickets, both GA and VIP RV passes and – of course – the GA Package Deal that gets you in to both The Jubilee and the All Good Festival for one low price. All those options are here.
DSO High School - Workshops, Music Lessons, & more
Posted on: March 22, 2013
Dark Star Orchestra is proud to announce an intimate experience for its fans! DSO High School is a week-long retreat at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskills August 5 – 9, offering an exclusive curriculum with workshops, activities, music lessons as well as nightly Dark Star Orchestra shows. DSO takes you back to school as part of the Music Masters Camp series where educational, recreational and artistic workshops fill the days with sessions led by the members of DSO plus guest instructors including Donna Jean Godchaux, Betty Cantor-Jackson and David Gans. DSO High School packages are available now and include catered food and a variety of accommodations from upscale lodging to tent camping at Full Moon Resorts which is located one half hour west of Woodstock, New York. Buy Now and Save $200 through Early Bird Registration until April 5th.