TWO NIGHTS AT COLUMBIA SPEEDWAY JUST ANNOUNCED
Join us June 5 & 6 at Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center in Columbia, SC for a pair of socially distanced, live Grateful Dead music experiences! Presale is Thursday, April 1 @ 12 PM ET (Presale password: SHAKEDOWN), and public On Sale - Friday, April, 2 @ 12 PM ET
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA IS HEADING BACK TO CALI
Join us for 3 nights - May 7, 8, & 9 - at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, CA. Tickets go on sale this Friday 3/26 @ 10 AM PT. Please note that tickets to these shows are limited, socially distanced, and adhere to COVID-19 policies. See you in the redwoods!
DARK STAR'S JAMAICAN JAM IN THE SAND
Come join us and spend your evenings under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra as they perform 2-sets on the beach each of the 4 Nights! As if that wasn’t enough, Jam in the Sand will host 3 shows by friends and very special guests Melvin Seals and JGB with John Kadlecik plus more to be announced.
TWO SHOWS AT SUSSEX COUNTY LIVE DRIVE-IN ANNOUNCED
Another pair of shows! This time we are rolling into Augusta, NJ at the Sussex County Live Drive In Fri. April 30 & Sat. May 1.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES SOCIALLY DISTANT SHOW AT AVONDALE BREWING CO
Just announced: another live show! We're playing Birmingham, AL at the Avondale Brewing Company on April 15! Join our reduced capacity, socially distanced concert with limited seating available.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA RETURNS TO SHOWTIME AT THE DRIVE-IN IN FREDERICK, MD
We're heading back to Showtime at the Drive-In in Frederick, Maryland on Fri & Sat, May 14 & 15 for a weekend of socially distanced, outdoor performances! We can't wait to play for you again and are taking all precautions do gather safely.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA AT THE CAVERNS ABOVE GROUND AMPHITHEATER
We are thrilled to announce we are heading back to The Caverns at the Above Ground Amphitheater in Grundy County, TN! Join us April 16-17, 2021 for two socially-distanced performances at this lovely outdoor venue.
DARK STAR JUBILATION - MAY 28 & 29, 2021 AT LEGEND VALLEY
TK Pro Presents introduces the Dark Star Jubilation: a weekend of Socially-Distanced Concert Pod shows at Legend Valley May 28 and 29, with each show featuring two full-set Dark Star Orchestra performances.
DARK STAR JUBILEE CANCELS ON 2021, WILL RETURN IN 2022
It is with heavy hearts that we announce today that the 9th Dark Star Jubilee is being canceled for 2021. We had high hopes for making it happen, but due to a variety of issues stemming from the pandemic, the Jubilee as we know it just cannot take place this year.
ROB EATON ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
A recent injury left Rob Eaton with a fractured ulna and radius in his left wrist. He currently is keeping these bones all together with pins, screws and a plate doctored together by a world-class surgeon. With guitar playing on the horizon in April, Rob is expected to make a full recovery and return to the stage at that time.
SAVE OUR STAGES ACT BECOMES LAW
It’s been the toughest of years with all of us being quarantined from live music, our friends, our family and gatherings that bring us all together. We have been off of the road for nearly a year, venues have been dark, our crew has been sidelined and our fans have been left starving for live music, however by coming together we have done some great things.
DSO FANS GET $80 OFF NUGS.NET SUBSCRIPTION
We’re all missing LIVE music, so we’ve teamed with our friends at nugs.net to offer DSO fans $80 off on an annual streaming subscription, (standard price $129.99) For just $50 you can listen to 25,000 concerts, including DSO shows, and watch hundreds of full concert videos for a full year.
DSO WILL LET IT SHINE ON HALLOWEEN, RECREATE A HISTORIC CAP CENTRE SHOW ON NOV 1
Dark Star Orchestra is encouraging all their fans to Let it Shine for Halloween: Wear your sparkliest attire and let your love-light shine! Light-up costumes, hula hoops, sequins, glitter, glow sticks, wigs- you name it. The shinier, the better! On Sunday, the band plans to recreate a classic show from the historic Cap Centre in Landover, MD. This is a special "Sunset Show" starting at 4pm, making it a great way to cap off your Halloween weekend!
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA UNVEILS THE TRICKS TO MAKE HALLOWEEN A TREAT ON FANS
You're cordially invited to get into the Halloween spirit with Dark Star Orchestra over Halloween weekend, October 30 - November 1. The magic, mischief, and mayhem takes place at Showtime at the Drive, with Friday and Saturday night's festivities starting at 6PM ET, and Sunday's Sunset Show beginning at 4PM ET.
DRIVE-IN SHOWS CONTINUE IN GORGEOUS VERMONT THIS WEEKEND!
This Saturday & Sunday Dark Star Orchestra will join the Higher Ground Drive-In Experience outside Burlington in Essex Junction, VT at Midway Lawn at Chaplain Valley. If you're in the region and can make it out, limited tickets remain. If you're not in the area, tune into our Live Streams of both shows via nugs.net!
HALLOWEEN WEEKEND IN FREDERICK, MD - AUTUMN 2020 TOUR AND STREAMING - DECEMBER CANCELLATIONS
We are pleased to announce that we have added a few more socially distanced drive-in shows to our itinerary. We will join our friends at All Good Presents in Frederick, MD as we anchor their recently announced drive-in series.
MORE DRIVE-IN AND SOCIALLY DISTANT SHOWS ANNOUNCED TO ROUND OUT 'AUTUMN 2020' RUN
Three more stops have been added to our northeast run, starting with a performance in Swanzey, NH at Drive-In Live at Cheshire Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 27. Then a trip to South Farms in Morris, CT for two special, socially distant outdoor shows on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30. To complete the run, a duo of shows in Essex Junction, VT for the Higher Ground Drive-In Experience at the Champlain Valley Expo Center on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October, 4.
DRIVE-IN TOUR IS TRUCKING TO CAPE COD!
Join us for TWO nights at Yarmouth Drive-in Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26. These limited capacity, socially-distanced shows go on sale next week; sign up now for pre-sale access for Tuesday 9/8 and public on sale on Wednesday 9/9.
THIS WEEKEND: LIVE IN-PERSON DRIVE-IN CONCERTS, LIVE STREAM
Join us this Friday, September 4 by land or by Live-Stream at the Roseland Drive-In in Canandaigua, NY and then in Philly for two nights at the Citizens Bank Park parking lot on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 when we will recreate 9/6/80 on its 40th anniversary.
AL, GA, SC AND NC SHOWS CANCELLED
As the world continues to be challenged by the current deal going down, we regret to share the news that our performances scheduled for October 6 - 11 have been cancelled.
40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW RECREATION ANNOUNCEMENT
For our Sept. 6 show happening in Philadelphia, PA at the Citizens Bank Park Parking Lot, we will be recreating the Dead’s 9/6/80 performance on its 40th anniversary.
JUST ANNOUNCED - FRIDAY NIGHT DRIVE-IN ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
We are excited to announce an additional Labor Day Weekend drive-in show to take place on Friday, September 4th in Canadanaigua, NY at Roseland Drive-In.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM LIVE-IN DRIVE-IN SHOWS LIVE ON STAGE AT CITIZENS BANK PARK PARKING LOT IN PHILADELPHIA ON SEPTEMBER 5 AND 6
We are excited to be a part of this #LIVEINDRIVEIN Series and are thrilled to get out of our shelters to perform live for the best fans in the world. We can’t wait to see you as we hit the stage for two nights in the Parking Lot at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
ANOTHER SUMMER TOUR UPDATE
Most of our July tour is now cancelled and we share the collective sadness thinking about all the good times we’ve been missing with you being out on tour.
As we have said before, we will be back to performing as soon as we possibly can.
For those of you who bought tickets refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
SUMMER TOUR UPDATE
There will again come the day when we can all gather together and celebrate music and life in a live concert environment, but for right now we have to accept that more and more shows will be canceled and postponed.
We regret to say that we are losing another run of shows for the first leg of our summer tour, but we remain positive and grateful and hope that you can do the same.
NEED A MIRACLE MONDAYS
Each Monday night at 8 PM ET, hop on the bus as we stream a historic set from the past on our Facebook page & YouTube channel. Tune in weekly for a trip down memory lane as we dive into the archives and unveil shows from the many eras of Dark Star Orchestra!
NEW SHOWS ON NUGS.NET
21 new shows are now available for all-access streaming or download - with nearly 200 DSO sets available at Nugs.net! Nugs is the jam scene's best access to entire shows of hundreds of bands with the ability to listen on your desktop, in iOS, Android, and Sonos.
SPRING TOUR 2 RESCHEDULED
Plowing forward in an effort to bring the music to your hometown as originally planned, we have successfully rescheduled 21 of 24 shows. We postponed and rescheduled Spring Tour 1 a few weeks ago and now we have done the same for Spring Tour 2. Strange days indeed. Please see calendar for up to the minute information on the rescheduling of both legs of the Spring Tour.
DARK STAR JUBILEE POSTPONED TO 2021
We hung in there as long as we could, but It looks like Covid-19 is going to have its way this year. Unfortunately, we have to reschedule the Dark Star Jubilee for 2021, but in the spirit of delivering the 9th edition of The Jubilee as it was meant to be, we are thrilled and grateful that most of the bands have already committed to making the move with us. The Dark Star Jubilee has been postponed to May 28-30, 2021. All 2020 Festival Tickets, Kids Tickets, and RV Passes will be honored for 2021 and if you can’t make it, we will process refund requests received by May 22, 2020. We promise to come back stronger in 2021 and know that the challenges we face today will make our future family celebrations even that much better. Thanks for your understanding and good luck out there!
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA LIVE STREAM MARATHON
Jerry Garcia famously said, "There’s only two theaters, man… that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that – the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.”
On Friday, April 10, tune in at 9:00AM, 12:30PM, 4:00PM and 8:30PM ET to experience Dark Star Orchestra capture the music, feel, and intensity that was the Grateful Dead. All shows were filmed live at Port Chester’s legendary rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, where the Dead played 18 shows from 1970-1971.
WALK IN THE PARK WEDNESDAYS
Hey All… Rob Eaton here from DSO. With the pandemic crippling the world and leaving me with a lot of free time on my hands, I’m digging into the DSO Audio Archive to find some rare recordings to release weekly for free. I had the thought of releasing all the current band members first shows with DSO and the band was all for it.
SPRING TOUR LEG 1 RESCHEDULED
“"We Will Get By!"
It seems that Mother Nature wants to correct herself and we are in the way. Dark Star Orchestra has battled many thunderstorms, snowstorms, illnesses, broken down trucks and buses but like you, we have never experienced anything like this before. As firm believers in the “Show Must Go On” we have only canceled a handful of 2,981 shows over 22 years. In the last two weeks, we’ve postponed 13 shows and there may be more to come. Fortunately, we have been able to reschedule 12 of these shows, please see below for all pertinent rescheduling information.
SPRING TOUR LEG 1 POSTPONED
"If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will!“
Wise words in these rapidly changing times. While things are uncertain, together as an organization, we are committed to ensuring the safety and health of our fans, producers, staff and everyone involved in putting on concerts and festivals across our fine nation.
ANNOUNCING SUMMER TOUR 2020
Dark Star Orchestra® is thrilled to announce Summer Tour 2020 hits the road June 26 in Chesterfield, MO followed immediately by our return to Aurora IL, then it’s off to Lincoln, NE June 30. Follow us to Colorado for a four-night jaunt to Dillon, Vail, Ft. Collins, and Grand Junction July 2-5, then stick around for our set at the Grand Targhee Festival in Alta, WY on July 10.
LEAP DAY MERCH SALE GOING ON NOW
Why not celebrate the extra day with something new from the online home of DSO Merch? Now through Monday, save 10% site-wide and 20% off last-call special clearance items.
SAVE ON JUBILEE TIX NOW
Do you have your 9th Annual Dark Star Jubilee tickets yet? Join your best DSO friends and family May 23-24, 2020 at the welcoming Legend Valley in Thornville, OH for three nights of full 2-set DSO shows, Oteil & Friends, Galactic, Zero (Ft. Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Pete Sears, & Melvin Seals), The Infamous Stringdusters, Jorma Kaukonen...
FAMILY INSTRUMENT ALERT #2
Phil Lesh’s historic bass ‘Mission Control’ joins us on stage at House of Blues San Diego Feb 21 & The Wiltern in LA on Feb 22! As one of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s most iconic instruments, ‘Mission Control’ was built at Alembic by luthier Rick Turner in 1973 not just for, but as part of, The Wall of Sound.
JEFF MATTSON TO RESURRECT "ALLIGATOR"
Dark Star Orchestra is excited to announce Jeff Mattson will return Jerry Garcia’s Fender Stratocaster, “Alligator” to the stage Saturday, February 15 at The Warfield in San Francisco as part of Winter Tour 2020, compliments of Alligator’s new owner, Andy Logan.
ANNOUNCING SPRING TOUR 2
The second leg of Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour 2020 is set to launch in Boston Thursday, May 7 followed immediately by a Port Chester Duo, May 8-9. Find us in our nation’s capital for two special acoustic nights May 11-12, then it’s on to Red Bank, May 14.
WINTER TOUR RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
We may be sitting in Jamaica celebrating Jam in the Sand, but the horizon looks to Dark Star Orchestra® Winter Tour 2020 kicking off in Seattle Thursday, February 6. Join us that first weekend in Portland and Eugene before we head down to Bend and Ashland, OR February 10-11.
COSMIC NEW YEARS IS ALMOST HERE
Join Dark Star Orchestra® is ringing out the old and ringing in the new as we say fare thee well to 2019 at DSO Cosmic New Years, December 28-31. Run up to Albany first for two nights of pre-celebration at the historic Palace Theatre, then roll down to Montclair for a pair of shows full of dancing and celebration.
ANNOUNCING SPRING TOUR 2020
Dark Star Orchestra® is thrilled to announce Spring Tour 2020 coming your way Friday, March 27 in Raleigh, NC followed directly by two nights in Wilmington, March 28-29. Say goodbye to March on the 31st in Columbia, SC, then do a Sunshine State swing to St. Petersburg, St Augustine, Pompano Beach, and Orlando before making your way up to Savannah, GA April 7.
FALL TOUR WRAPS, COSMIC NEW YEARS AROUND THE CORNER
We can’t believe Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2019 is almost over, but there’s still plenty of Mid-Atlantic fun to be had this weekend. Come on down to Richmond, VA on Thursday, December 5 and Washington DC on Friday, before tour comes to a close Saturday, December 7 in Norfolk, VA.
FALL TOUR ROLLS ON
Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour is in full swing with a full weekend of celebration ahead. Join us in New Haven, Providence, and Tarrytown before we make all of our traditional Thanksgiving week stops in Concord, Jim Thorpe, and that post-feast Huntington pair November 29-30.
ANNOUNCING DARK STAR JUBILEE DATES FOR 2020!
Dark Star Orchestra will host it's 9th annual Dark Star Jubilee returning to Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio on May 22-24, 2020. It’s hard to believe that we’re going into 9 years already. What a long strange trip it’s been and thank you all for being a part of it.
JAM IN THE SAND MERCH SHIPPING NOW
Got your Jam in the Sand Getaway booked? Even if you don’t, check out our all-new threads available now online only at DSO Merch. We’ve stocked men’s and women’s tanks, performance long-sleeves for beach and boat action, sunglasses, and totes to carry everything from your room to every magical hangout.
DSO RAISES THE DEAD
Dark Star Orchestra® summons you to get your spooky on with us this weekend at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, October 31-November 2. Get freaky Thursday in your costumed best the first night, then come to rage all weekend long.
ANNOUNCING WINTER TOUR 2020
Dark Star Orchestra® hits the road on Winter Tour 2020 starting Thursday, February 6 in Seattle and will make our traditional run down the Pacific Coast with stops in Portland, and Eugene, February 7-8, then Bend and Ashland, OR February 10-11.
DSO PHILS IN FOR PHIL
Dark Star Orchestra® is honored to be filling in for Phil Lesh’s traditional Phil-O-Ween at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY October 31, November 1-2 as Phil recovers from back surgery. We’re excited to return to one of our favorite rooms, and have lots of special treats planned including recreating historic Capitol Theatre shows all three nights.
FALL TOUR I: ONE WEEK LEFT
The final week of leg one of Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2019 is here and there’s still so much fun to be had. Join us Monday, October 7 in Louisville, KY, then be there October 9 when we make our return to Fort Wayne, IN before racing into Indy October 10.
JAMAICA: MORE ROOMS AVAILABLE, MATTSON JOINS MELVIN
We are excited to announce the fest organizers for DSO’s Jamaican Jam in the Sand getaway, Island Gigs, have made almost 20 more rooms available at our nearby sister resort, Jewel Runaway Bay, approximately one mile away. This means we can accommodate just a little more of the family!
FALL TOUR ON THE HORIZON
Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2019 kicks off September 26 in our stomping grounds of Chicago and rounds out September in Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis. October brings Bloomington, IL, Grand Rapids and more as we make our annual Midwest swing.
RED ROCKS POSTER SECOND CHANCE AND APPAREL SALE
We know the best time to pick up a poster isn’t in the rain, so we’re offering you a second chance to snatch up a Red Rocks 2019 event poster now at the online home for DSO Merch. These posters are size 18” x 24” and are a numbered edition of 575.
FALL TOUR CONTINUES + COSMIC NYE 2019/2020
Buckle up, New England, because you’re in for a rockin’ good time when Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2019 continues November 14 in Northampton, MA and hits Portland, ME, Lowell, MA, and Burlington, VT before we head into Ithaca, NY November 19.
DARK STAR PISGAH JUBILEE SCHEDULE IS HERE
The inaugural Dark Star Pisgah Jubilee is upon us, and between the brewery, the beauty of Black Mountain, NC, the weather and the music, we’re packing a ton of fun into this weekend.
DSO JOINS HANGTOWN, RED ROCKS HOME STRETCH
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to return to Placerville, CA October 24-27 for the 9th Annual Hangtown Music Festival hosted by our friends Railroad Earth. The stacked lineup for this Halloween celebration features three sets by Railroad Earth as well as sets by Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood Brothers, The Motet, Anders Osborne, and more.
SUMMER TOUR HAPPENING NOW
A fun-filled weekend is upon us as Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 is in full-swing. Celebrate Jerry’s birthday with us on Thursday, August 1 in Branford, CT, then take yourself out to the ballpark in Rochester, NY Friday, cruise to the Cape in Hyannis, MA on Saturday, and make it up to Maine for a Sunday Funday with DSO in Westport.
PISGAH JUBILEE - ONE MONTH AWAY!
Cap off Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 in style with us August 16-17 in Black Mountain, NC at the inaugural Pisgah Jubilee. Enjoy two full DSO shows including a 40th anniversary celebration of 5/3/79 at the Charlotte Coliseum, and sets by Peter Rowan, Midnight North, California Kind, The Lil Smokies, Josh Phillips Feel Good, Captain Midnight Band, Campfire Reverends, and the Snozzberries all while surrounded by beautiful views, local food vendors, and of course, great beer by the Pisgah Brewing Company.
ANNOUNCING FALL TOUR 2019
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to invite you to join us on the first leg of Fall Tour 2019 launching September 27 in Chicago followed in quick order by returns to Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis. Bloomington, IL is next on October 2, then it’s off to Grand Rapids, Cleveland, and Detroit for a little North Coast swing.
DSO AT RED ROCKS - TWO MONTHS AWAY
Be there when Dark Star Orchestra® returns to Red Rocks to recreate 9/8/83 on 9/8/19 and help us welcome special guest Electric Hot Tuna for an unforgettable evening. Three-night passes that include September 6-7 at the Boulder Theater are still available as well as a handful of VIP passes and upgrades that’ll give you early venue access, a signed poster, a Q&A with members of DSO and more.
SUMMER STARTS NOW!
Summer has officially arrived at Dark Star Orchestra® as Summer Tour 2019 takes off June 28 in Knoxville, TN, followed this weekend by stops in Cincinnati and Sylvania, OH. Be there when DSO takes over the Minnesota Zoo, Tuesday July 2, and find us Independence Day Eve in Chesterfield, MO recreating a classic St. Louis-area show.
ST. LOUIS MEMORIES
Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 is coming up fast and we’ll stoke some of your favorite memories at our July 3 show at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Chesterfield, MO, when we recreate a classic St. Louis area show. Grab your tickets now for this show and the rest of the tour.
SUMMER TOUR IN TWO WEEKS
Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 is only two weeks away launching Friday, June 28 in Knoxville, TN. This first leg takes the Midwest by storm making stops in Cincinnati and Sylvania, OH before cruising up to the Minnesota Zoo, July 2.
THREE MORE DATES ADDED TO SUMMER TOUR
Your opportunities to catch Dark Star Orchestra® on the road this summer have increased! We are excited to add the following dates to our Summer Tour 2019; August 1 at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT, August 6 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, and August 8 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.
ARE YOU READY FOR RED ROCKS?
Be there when Dark Star Orchestra® takes to the mountain for our return to Red Rocks, Sunday September 8. This time around we’re celebrating the Grateful Dead’s Red Rocks anniversary of 9/8/83 with special guests (electric) Hot Tuna.
2019 JUBILEE MERCH AVAILABLE NOW
To celebrate our favorite weekend of the year, we’ve pre-released a limited amount of Dark Star Jubilee Event apparel available now at the official on-line home of DSO Merch. Order now and you’ll receive your goods in time to be first on the field with this year’s gear.
ANNOUNCING JAM IN THE SAND 2020
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to announce our return to the beautiful Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa for Jam in the Sand 2020 taking place January 14-18 in gorgeous Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON JUBILEE
Grab your Dark Star Jubilee tickets between now and Monday, May 6 at 11pm to save $35 off GA and $50 off VIP over the gate price. Your passes for these three days of DSO fun, May 24-26 at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH come standard with three full two-set DSO shows...
ZOO ADDED TO SUMMER TOUR
Dark Star Orchestra® is exited to announce our return to the Minnesota Zoo, July 2 as part of Summer Tour 2019. This evening with DSO happens at the Weesner Family Amphitheater within the Minnesota Zoo as part of their Music in the Zoo series.
JUBILEE SET TIMES ARE HERE!
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to share the set times for every day of the 8th Annual Dark Star Jubilee taking place May 24-26 at lovely Legend Valley in Thornville, OH.
DSO RETURNS TO MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST
Dark Star Orchestra® is thrilled to announce our return to Milwaukee’s fantastic Summerfest on July 6 as part of the Midwest swing of Summer Tour 2019. We’ve always enjoyed performing alongside Summerfest’s wide variety of top-notch talent, and expect nothing less from this year.
NEW NUGS HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Head over to DSO On Demand at nugs.net right now for fresh sounds available from Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2018 and Cosmic New Years, including the 11/9/18 show in Lowell, MA, where Jeff Mattson played Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar!
SPRING TOUR IS ON
Spring has sprung at Dark Star Orchestra®, we’re on the road again! Be there this weekend in St. Augustine, and Pompano Beach, FL where we’ll recreate 9/11/82 from the West Palm Beach Auditorium.
SPRING TOUR ALMOST HERE
At long last Dark Star Orchestra® is ready to welcome the season of rebirth as Spring Tour kicks off this Thursday, March 28 in St. Petersburg, FL. Spend five nights in the Sunshine State including stops in St. Augustine, and Pompano Beach March 30 where we’ll recreate 9/11/82 from the West Palm Beach Auditorium, then off to Orlando and Tallahassee.
DARK STAR'S PISGAH JUBILEE - AUGUST 16 & 17, 2019
We are thrilled to announce that we are transitioning our annual 2-night summer visit at Black Mountain, NC into the creation of Dark Star’s Pisgah Jubilee. We will bring the festive vibe from our hallmark Dark Star Jubilee and add it to what is already one of our favorite summer stops at the Pisgah Brewing Company.
SPRING TOUR ON THE HORIZON
Can’t wait for Spring? Us either, that’s why we’re counting down the days until Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour kicks off with a 5-night Florida swing starting Thursday, March 28 in St. Petersburg. Escape the cold in St. Augustine, Pompano Beach, Orlando, and Tallahassee before our night in Charleston, SC April 4.
SAVE NOW ON DARK STAR JUBILEE
Plan to join Dark Star Orchestra® at our annual family getaway, the Dark Star Jubilee, May 24-26 at Legend Valley in lovely Thornville, OH, and save now over gate prices! Dance the nights away to three full two-set DSO shows, and enjoy our killer lineup featuring Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, Midnight North, The Nth Power, Jeff Mattson & Friends, Cris Jacobs Band, The Mighty Pines, Dino English & the Progfusionals, and The Sweet Lillies.
HARRAH'S LAKE TAHOE 2/17 CANCELLED
Due to winter weather conditions including heavy snow, high winds and avalanche warnings, we are unable to make the travel to Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe on Sunday, February 17. Unfortunately the show has been cancelled and refunds can be collected at points of purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon.
NEW DSO LIVE DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE NOW
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce all new grooves, including Jeff Mattson’s latest night with The Wolf are available now at nugs.net for your listening pleasure.
RETURN TO RED ROCKS WITH DSO
Plan your pilgrimage to catch the Dark Star Orchestra® return to Red Rocks with a full weekend of Colorado fun September 6-8, 2019. Be at the Boulder Theater, September 6-7 for a rockin’ two-night warm-up, then take to the mountainside to celebrate the Grateful Dead experience in full with a recreation of legendary Red Rocks 9/8/83 on its anniversary.
WINTER TOUR ONE WEEK AWAY
Get ready to dance away those winter blues when Dark Star Orchestra® kicks off Winter Tour 2019 in Seattle this Thursday, February 7. On the west coast tour, along with our custom elective shows, look for regional GD shows, 40th and 50th anniversary shows and even a Warfield recreation show at the Warfield!
RE-CREATION ALERT! CATCH 9/11/82 ON 3/30/19
Relive September 11, 1982 from the West Palm Beach Civic Center in West Palm Beach, FL, when Dark Star Orchestra® takes to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Saturday, March 30. Spend the night under the stars with us as we bring this legendary Grateful Dead show back to life for your listening pleasure.
COSMIC NEW YEAR'S IS HERE
Say Fare Thee Well to 2018 this weekend with four fantastic nights of Dark Star Orchestra’s® Cosmic New Year's 2018/2019! Spend Friday and Saturday, December 28-29 at Philadelphia's Franklin Music Hall, then cruise on up to Montclair, New Jersey for a smokin' send-off, December 30-31.
PARADISE SHOW MOVES TO DURHAM
Dark Star Orchestra sends healing support to the entire region affected by the devastation from the recent Camp Fires in California. Due to the destruction within the town of Paradise, the plans for our show there have evolved...
DSO HOLIDAYS: SPEND $50 SAVE $10
The online home of Dark Star Orchestra® merchandise is having a flash sale this weekend only! Save $10 on any order of $50 or more just in time to load up on DSO gear for the holidays. Put Hoodies, Hats, and Tees under the tree, and fill those stockings with DSO glee.
ANNOUNCING SPRING TOUR
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce the first leg of Spring Tour 2019 opens Thursday, March 28 in St. Petersburg, FL. The five nights in the Sunshine State also include St. Augustine, Pompano Beach, Lake Buena Vista, then Tallahassee on Tuesday, April 2, before we return to Charleston, SC on April 4.
COSMIC NEW YEARS EVE 2018-2019
Celebrate the end of 2018 and a fresh beginning to a New Year with Dark Star Orchestra® over four rippin’ nights on the DSO Cosmic New Year’s Eve Run. Kickin’ off on December 28-29 at the newly-reminted Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, and carrying on December 30-31 at The Wellmont in Montclair, New Jersey.
ANNOUNCING DARK STAR JUBILEE
Dark Star Orchestra® is thrilled to announce that the 8th annual Dark Star Jubilee will take place May 24-26, 2019 at Legend Valley in the quaintness of Thornville, Ohio. We can’t wait to deliver you three nights of DSO and to share our stage with Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, The Mighty Pines and more to be announced.
FALL TOUR FIRES BACK UP
Catch Dark Star Orchestra® this weekend as Fall Tour 2018 picks back up with a visit by the Wolf on Friday, November 9 in Lowell, MA, and then the tour rolls into Ithaca Saturday.
ALL NEW ShopDSO IS HERE
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to finally share with you our all-new Online Merch Table, the Dark Star Orchestra Webstore. To celebrate our brand new ShopDSO experience, enjoy 10% off your entire order of $100 or more all week long, through Friday, November 9!
RETURN OF THE WOLF
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to announce Jerry Garcia’s Wolf will be in the hands of DSO’s Jeff Mattson all night long when Fall Tour 2018 re-opens November 9 in Lowell, Massachusetts. We are busy constructing an original setlist composed with the Wolf in mind, and can’t wait to share it with you.
ANNOUNCING WINTER TOUR 2019
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce Winter Tour 2019, kicking off February 7 in Seattle followed by a Portland pair on February 8-9, plus a night in Eugene, February 11.
JAM IN THE SAND ALMOST GONE
Don’t be left behind in the snow this coming January, join your Dark Star Orchestra® family in Jamaica for Jam in the Sand VII, January 15-19 in gorgeous Runaway Bay Jamaica.
TOUR WRAPS THIS WEEKEND
Leg One of Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2018 comes to a strong finish this weekend when we say “Hello Cleveland!” Thursday, October 11, then steam into the Steel City of Pittsburgh Friday, October 12 before we roll into the Buckeye State Capitol of Columbus Saturday, October 13.
FALL TOUR CONTINUES
Two more weekends of fun remain on the first leg of Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour as we take on Indianapolis and Detroit this Friday and Saturday, October 5-6.
NEW NUGS NOW AVAILABLE
Fire up those download fingers because Dark Star Orchestra® has a brand-new round of Live Downloads from select Spring and Summer Tour dates expertly mastered by our own Rob Eaton available at Nugs.net for your listening pleasure.
BACK ON THE ROCKS (+2 IN BOULDER)
Dark Star Orchestra® is extremely pleased to announce our return to Red Rocks Sunday, September 8, 2019, which will be preceded by two bonus nights at the Boulder Theater, September 6-7.
ShopDSO IS ON SALE NOW
Dark Star Orchestra® has big changes on the horizon at ShopDSO, and to celebrate we’ve launched a storewide sale! Head over to ShopDSO now and enter the code THANKYOU at checkout for 10% off your entire order!
FALL TOUR IN TWO WEEKS
We might not be ready to say goodbye to summer, but we can’t wait for the first leg of Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour to kick off Thursday, September 27 in Minneapolis. That first weekend we’ll also hit Milwaukee and Chicago before greeting October in Peoria.
JOIN DSO IN JAMAICA
Join Dark Star Orchestra® on an unforgettable island getaway at the seventh annual Jam In The Sand, January 15-18, 2019 in lovely Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Jam in the Sand is four incredible nights with full two-set DSO shows, plus you will enjoy two sets by our friends The Wailers, and three more by the Green Leaf Rustlers featuring Chris Robinson, John Molo, Pete Sears, Greg Loiacono & Barry Sless on the Caribbean shore.
DSO JOIN NIGHT OF THE DEAD
Buenos tardes, amigos, Dark Star Orchestra® is thrilled to announce we’re headlining Night of the Dead, a street party outside Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution Live, on Saturday, November 3.
DSO COSMIC NEW YEAR'S RUN
Dark Star Orchestra® Cosmic New Year’s 2018-29019 lights up Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on December 28 and 29, before ringing 2019 in style with two nights at The Wellmont in charming Montclair, New Jersey, December 30-31.
FALL TOUR CONTINUES
Celebrate autumn with Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2018 when we get back on the road Friday, November 9 in Lowell, MA, followed immediately by nights in Ithaca and a Recreation of a Classic Massachusetts Show at Calvin Theatre.
RED ROCKS EVENT MERCH NOW LIVE AT ShopDSO
Did you forget to pick up those Red Rocks goodies, or just want a piece of memorabilia from DSO’s first trip up the mountain? It’s not too late at ShopDSO. We have a limited selection of Men’s, Ladies, and Long-Sleeve Tees as well as Hoodies, Magnets and more available online and at the Merch Table while supplies last.
SUMMER IN FULL SWING
Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour is well underway, truckin’ up to Buffalo, Thursday, August 2 but there’s no time to mellow slow. We’re taking you out to the ballpark in Rochester, Friday August 3 then peaking in Jay, VT on Saturday.
SUMMER TOUR THIS WEEKEND
Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour fires up this weekend with two nights at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, July 27-28 and a Sunday Funday on the pier in Portland, ME. We’re brewing up fun in Utica, July 31, spending an evening on the Erie Canal in Buffalo on Thursday, August 2, and taking you all out to the ballpark in Rochester, Friday August 3.
THANK YOU FOR ROCKIN' THE HOUSE WITH US AT RED ROCKS
Dark Star Orchestra® wants to sincerely thank every single one of you for making our first trip up the mountain a sold-out success. Thank you to the incredible people at Red Rocks, and to our crew who make it look easy when we know it’s most certainly not.
RED ROCKS THIS WEEKEND
The Dark Star Orchestra® Road to Red Rocks is winding to an end as we’re set to recreate the Grateful Dead’s legendary Red Rocks show from July 8, 1978 this weekend on its 40th anniversary.
ANNOUNCING JAM IN THE SAND 2019
Dark Star Orchestra® is excited to announce their seventh annual Jamaican Jam In The Sand! Returning to the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica January 15-19, 2019.
CALIFORNIA SUMMER WITH DSO
The Road to Red Rocks winds its final bend through the Golden State when Dark Star Orchestra® hits the road Friday, June 22, in San Diego, before we cruise up the coast to Ojai, then continue on to Carmel-By-The-Sea for a rare acoustic performance, June 24.
ANNOUNCING FALL TOUR 2018
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce Fall Tour 2018, making the most of the Midwest, kicking off September 27 in Minneapolis followed immediately by stops in Milwaukee and Chicago. Welcome October with us in Peoria then start four in a row October 3 in Louisville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Detroit.
ONE MONTH TILL RED ROCKS
The countdown is on, and we hope that you’re planning to join Dark Star Orchestra® on our first trip up, up, up to Red Rocks, July 8, to re-create The Grateful Dead’s legendary night there on its 40th anniversary. Our good friend Keller Williams is set to open up the evening, Donna Jean will sit in for a few and many other friends and family will be in the house adding their good vibes to this monumental occasion, and we need you to ensure this night reaches its maximum energy capacity.
JUBILEE - THIS WEEKEND!
Come on out and join us this weekend for a celebration of music, family and the great outdoors at Legend Valley for the 7th annual Dark Star Jubilee in Thornville, Ohio! The weather is looking good and the grounds are getting set as we prepare for your arrival.
JUBILEE ONE WEEK AWAY
The 7th annual Dark Star Jubilee, taking place May 25-27 at the perfectly-suited Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, is one of our favorite weeks of the year and we hope you’ll join us! We do our best to create a harmonious space for all to gather and rejoice in music, life and each other.
NEW LIVEDOWNLOADS ABOUND AT DSO ON DEMAND
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce the release of all-new sessions available now at DSO On Demand. These recordings from Winter and Spring Tours are expertly mastered by our own Rob Eaton, and feature full-band DSO original setlists as well as selections from our run of JGB recreations including a rare acoustic performance from Washington D.C., and our visit with the incomparable Donna Jean Godchaux from Birmingham.
COUCH TOUR WITH DSO
Can’t make it to Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour shows this weekend? Catch us on the Road to Red Rocks from the comfort of your home when DSO comes to you with a two-night webcast live from the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, Friday and Saturday May 11-12, brought to you by The Relix Channel.
SPRING TOUR - WOLF SIGHTING
Excitement is building for the second half of Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour as Jeff Mattson will be playing Jerry Garcia’s first custom Doug Irwin commission guitar, Wolf, when tour opens in Boston, May 10, as DSO recreates a Boston show where Wolf was played.
JUST ANNOUNCED - DSO TO RECREATE 6/11/93 AT THE JUBILEE!
Dark Star Orchestra will recreate this amazing show on the same hallowed ground where it was performed on 6/11/93 when the Grateful Dead played it at what was then called the Buckeye Lake Music Center, it’s going to be epic!
ANNOUNCING BLACK MOUNTAIN
Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce we've added a two-night run at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC, August 17-18, to close out Summer Tour 2018.
WELCOME BACK, ROB EATON
We are pleased to confirm Dark Star Orchestra® will return to full-form Friday, April 13 as Spring Tour 2018 hits Charlotte with the return of our rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rob Eaton who has been on hiatus to tend to a family situation.
WELCOME TO SPRING TOUR
Join us as Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour kicks off with our special run of Jerry Garcia Band shows tonight Friday, March 30, in Charlottesville. Spend Saturday with us in Baltimore, then follow us down on Tuesday, April 3, for a rare all-acoustic night in our nation’s capitol.
TEXT TO WIN JUBILEE PASSES
Stop by the DSO Merch table every night on Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour for your exclusive opportunity to text to win two (2) passes to the 7th Annual Dark Star Jubilee, May 25-27, in friendly Thornville, Ohio. We’re giving away a pair of passes every night so you have plenty of chances to score yours and join our fun-filled weekend!
ANNOUNCING SUMMER TOUR 2018
Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour leads down the Road to Red Rocks and beyond as we celebrate the Golden State in San Diego, June 22, Ojai, June 23, and Carmel-By-The-Sea on June 24.
SPRING TOUR CELEBRATES JGB
Due to unforeseen family health circumstances Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar and vocals is unable to join us for shows March 30 - April 12. During this time period, Dark Star Orchestra will perform the Music of Jerry Garcia Band plus songs from the Grateful Dead Repertoire. We wish Rob Eaton and his Family the best and we look forward to his return to the stage with DSO on April 13.
LAST WEEK TO SAVE ON DARK STAR JUBILEE
Last call, Early Birds! Save $50 off the gate price now through midnight, Tuesday, March 13, for the 7th Annual Dark Star Jubilee, May 25-27 at beautiful Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio!
LAST CALL FOR WINTER TOUR
Dark Star Orchestra® Winter Tour wraps up this weekend and you should join us! The Road To Red Rocks finds us in Las Vegas, Thursday, February 22, Beverly Hills on Friday, and the whole shebang comes to a close in San Diego, Saturday, February 24.
DSO WINTER TOUR CONTINUES
Travel with Dark Star Orchestra® as the Road to Red Rocks runs through the Golden State and beyond on Winter Tour 2018. Our California trek starts with two nights in San Francisco, February 16-17, followed by a Nevada detour to Lake Tahoe on Sunday Funday, February 18.
ROAD TO RED ROCKS STARTS NOW
Shake off those winter blues this week on Dark Star Orchestra® Winter Tour 2018! We wouldn’t be on the Road to Red Rocks without a trip out West, and you can join for nights in Eugene and Ashland, OR before we descend upon the Golden State where you can be our Valentines, February 14 in Paradise, CA.
NEW NUGS AVAILABLE NOW
Fire up that download button because eleven new smokin’ hot shows have just been added to the Dark Star Orchestra® Live Download Series at Nugs.net. Remastered with care by Rob Eaton, these choice selections from Fall Tour and Cosmic New Years are sure to bring your ears the listening pleasure they deserve.
ANNOUNCING SPRING TOUR II
The Road to Red Rocks continues as the second leg of Dark Star Orchestra® Spring Tour 2018 kicks off in Boston on May 10! Follow us right away for a Port Chester pair, and we’ll see you in Princeton, NJ, May 14.
MEET US AT THE JUBILEE
Ice and snow may be at your door but set your sights on warmer times with Dark Star Orchestra® at the 2018 Dark Star Jubilee, May 25-27 at historic Legend Valley in lovely Thornville, Ohio.
ON THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS
Grab those tickets and book those flights, Dark Star Orchestra® is on the Road to Red Rocks! Join us July 8, 2018 as we make our initial ascent into this fabled space by channeling the Grateful Dead’s legendary July 8, 1978 night upon the same rock, with the one and only Keller Williams opening this night of Grateful grandeur.
WINTER MEANS TOUR
Celebrate 2018 with Dark Star Orchestra® Winter Tour as we set out on the Road to Red Rocks, starting in Seattle, February 8. Post up in Portland for two, roll through Eugene and Ashland, Oregon, then settle into the Promised Land for a San Francisco pair at the Warfield on February 16-17.