The Switcheroo Is On!
Posted on: December 05, 2012
Tonight’s the night (12/5) Jeff Chimenti starts his four-show DSO run at The Egg in Albany, as our Rob Barraco is out west to play with Phil Lesh in The Q! This limited run continues through Saturday with shows in Portland, ME, Wallingford, CT and Lowell, MA, so grab your tickets now to make sure you’re part of these special shows.
Once this tour is over, we take a short break before Dark Star Orchestra’s annual Cosmic New Year’s Run, featuring stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia before two nights in Huntington, NY to ring in 2013. Tickets for all the shows are here, with special NYE hotel info available on the Tour Page.
A DSO Holiday Season
Posted on: December 01, 2012
Coming off a sellout at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club, with the second night sure to do the same, there’s just a week left in Dark Star Orchestra’s Fall Tour East 2012, including four tour-closing shows that are part of the big Switcheroo – Furthur’s Jeff Chimenti filling in for our own Rob Barraco, who will head out west to play with The Q. Tickets are available at DSOtix . Also check out the Cosmic New Year’s Run 2012, with shows in Baltimore and Philly before the two-night New Year’s Eve stop in Huntington, NY. All the info, including a hotel deal on Long Island, is here.
DSO Barnstorms East
Posted on: November 19, 2012
Dark Star Orchestra’s Fall Tour East 2012 kicked off last weekend with three sold-out shows in a row, giving Canada its first DSO dose with a ’76 recreation before moving to two more sell-outs in Buffalo. The reviews are off the hook and things are just gonna get stranger, so grab your tickets now and join our six guys and a girl at the annual pre-Thanksgiving Penn’s Peak extravaganza, the post-turkey NYC weekend and another two weeks of shows that include a two-night stop in DC, as well as the four shows with Furthur’s Jeff Chimenti filling in for the Phil-bound Rob Barraco. Most importantly, the entire DSO band, crew and staff wish all of our fans a safe and jubilant Holiday Season. We know what we’re most thankful for and that is YOU.
Free Soundboard Recording of DSO with Phil Lesh
Posted on: November 12, 2012
You have yet another reason to rejoice! We just released a soundboard recording of the first set of our recent October 13 performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The night was extremely special as Phil Lesh joined us on stage for the first time, performing on bass during the entire first set. Rob Eaton mastered the recording which is available for free streaming and download on Archive.org.
15 Years of Dark Star Orchestra
Posted on: November 11, 2012
The entire Dark Star Orchestra organization wishes to recognize the exemplary commitment to ‘the music’ – and celebrate 15 years of Dark Star Orchestra. On November 11, 1997, this long strange trip began in Chicago with a dedicated and focused group of musicians that continued to evolve to the place we are today. Now having performed over 2100 shows, the band is as tight and as focused as ever, to continue to share the joy that the music of the Grateful Dead brought each and every one of us. We all thank you for enjoying the ride with us and for a decade and a half of support! And to answer the question of where we are and where we’re going – we started here (the recording of DSO’s first performance 11/11/97) to where we are going (the recording of DSO with Phil Lesh on bass).
Posted on: November 05, 2012
Dark Star Orchestra and Phil Lesh have worked out what we are calling the Barraco/Chimenti Switcheroo. On December 6 - 9 DSO's Rob Barraco will join Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring and John Molo for a return of Phil Lesh and Friends...The Q! This all-star cast will perform four rare and intimate shows that will take place at Phil Lesh's new concert venue, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. With December 5-8 being the last four nights of Dark Star Orchestra's Fall Tour, the Phil Lesh camp is sending keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti to fill in for Rob Barraco.
These special shows include: Dec 5 – The Egg in Albany, Dec 6 – State Theatre in Portland, ME, Dec 7 The Dome at Oakdale – Wallingford, CT, and Lowell Auditorium - Lowell, MA. DSO is very excited to work together with the Phil Lesh camp at this capacity and are equally excited to perform four shows with our guest keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti.
DSO To Spread Joy/Good Vibes On East Coast
Posted on: November 01, 2012
The DSO family sends its good vibes and best wishes to everyone impacted by Hurricane Sandy, hoping for a quick cleanup and recovery from this natural disaster. We can all help by going to The Red Cross or by texting "Red Cross" to 90999 to make a $10 automatic donation. We’ll do our best to bring joy to the East Coast recovery efforts when get on the road for Fall Tour East 2012, starting in Toronto next Wednesday (11/15), winding down and around the eastern seaboard before finishing up in Connecticut at the beginning of December. Some shows are already sold out, so find your tickets for the remaining shows at DSOtix.
Winter Tour Announced
Posted on: October 24, 2012
After kicking off our Winter Tour 2013 in Minneapolis, we will continue through the Midwest with multiple stops in Wisconsin before hitting Chicago and Detroit. From there we’ll wind a trail through Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, before heading southbound, hitting Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia on our way to Florida. Then we shake off the winter chill for six shows before we spin our compass toward Jamaica. Tickets for most shows are available now at DSOtix, and all the tour info is here.
Phil Sits In With Us At The Philmore
Posted on: October 14, 2012
As our six guys and girl continue a rip roarin’ West Coast tour, the highlight of the tour took place the second of two nights at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, where Phil Lesh joined DSO for the entire first set on Saturday (10/13). The set kicked off with a smokin’ “Jack Straw,” “Here Comes Sunshine” and “Feel Like A Stranger” before setting off for the stratosphere with jamming worthy of the finest of second sets. From the opening notes of “Dark Star” to the set closing “Morning Dew”>”Playing In The Band (Reprise)” the band was on fire as Phil dropped his signature bombs all over the stage. Thanks Phil!
Burlington On; Peekskill Off
Posted on: October 08, 2012
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Fall Tour East Peekskill, NY stop at the Paramount Center For The Arts on November 20 has been canceled. But the good news is that means DSO gets to go back to the Higher Ground in Burlington, VT, giving one of our favorite haunts a second go round in 2012! Peekskill tickets can be returned to point of purchase, and keep checking DSOtix for Burlington tickets. To stay on top of all DSO comings and goings, keep taking regular trips to the Tour Page.