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Published: 2013/03/20

Dark Star Orchestra Confirm DSO High School, Additional Dates

Dark Star Orchestra have announced DSO High School, a week-long retreat at Full Moon Resort in the Catskills from August 5 –9. The event will offer an exclusive curriculum with workshops, activities and lessons as well as three Dark Star Orchestra shows. DSO classes include:

Touring with the Dead

Donna Jean Godchaux sharing stories of playing and touring with the Grateful Dead during her years with the band from 1972-1979.

Grateful Dead Pianists

Go in-depth with Rob Barraco on the various piano styles of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan,Tom Constanten, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick.

Tapers 101

An in-depth listening session led by Grateful Dead recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, along with archivist and DSO member Rob Eaton, where never-before-heard master reel tapes will be unearthed, played and discussed.

In addition, the DSO High School will feature music lessons and interactive jams with members of Dark Star Orchestra and Godchaux.

In other news, the Grateful Dead tribute project have confirmed a series of additional dates. The band will near 2,200 performances by the end of the summer. The Grateful Dead ended somewhere in the mid-2300 range during their 30 year career.

Here’s a look at Dark Star Orchestra’s upcoming dates

June 28 Mishawaka Amphitheater – Bellvue, CO
June 29 State Bridge Lodge – Bond, CO
June 30 State Bridge Lodge – Bond, CO
July 2 Crossroads Kansas City – Kansas City, KS
July 3 Simon Estes Amphitheater – Des Moines, IA
JUly 4 Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
July 5 Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater – Minneapolis, MN
July 6 Park West – Chicago, IL
July 8 Veteran’s Park Amphitheater – Springfield, OH (free show)
July 20 Great South Bay Music Festival – Patchogue, NY
July 25 Gathering of the Vibes – Bridgeport, CT
July 26 Showboat Atlantic City – Atlantic City, NJ
July 27 The Hamilton – Washington D.C.
July 30 Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE
July 31 Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DE
August 1 Bear’s Picnic – Laurelton, PA
August 2 NorVa – Norfolk, VA
August 3 Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park – Chesterfield, VA
August 5 DSO High School – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
August 6 DSO High School – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
August 7 DSO High School – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
August 8 DSO High School – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
August 9 DSO High School – Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY
August 10 Pier Six – Baltimore, MD
August 11 Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
August 14 Greenfield Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC
August 15 iggy’s – Winston Salem, NC
August 16 Pisgah Brewing – Black Mountain, NC
August 17 Pisgah Brewing – Black Mountain, NC


There are 3 comments associated with this post

DSO IS NOT A JAMBAND March 21, 2013, 02:20:53

Dark Star Orchestra is a fraud. They have been making a killing playing the music that others made famous for more than a decade. Like anything that is bad for you, DSO was a lot of fun at first. After a few years you started to see them charging people $25-$40 to go and see a COVER BAND! They are not even the best Dead cover band out there..Shakedown Street from Colorado blows them to dust. So now they have a Jamaica trip, a music festival, and a week long clinic in the mountains too? Please, stop covering this band and make room on your website for more bands that play ORIGINAL MUSIC! I am not asking for them to play all originals, hell even the actual Grateful Dead didn’t do that. How about just one? Just one song that you made up entirely on your own without standing on the shoulders of someone else. At the very least they should stop billing themselves as “Recreating Grateful Dead Shows In Their Entirety.” From what I have seen they are often performing an “Original Setlist” which basically means they are just standing up there playing whatever Grateful Dead tune that comes to mind. That’s called a COVER BAND folks and paying that kind of money to see that is disgraceful.

Sean March 21, 2013, 08:56:07

All due respect, but it seems like you have no clue what you’re talking about. Most all DSO shows are recreations of Dead shows, and many nights they’ll mention what set after. I’ve seen a lot of fans pick out sets during shows, in fact. Also, I’ve never seen DSO play for more than $20 by themselves, which you can pretty much expect to pay minimum for anyone decent. Hell, the 3 day festival they put on only costs $120, and that’s the second tier pricing. Most bands need to leave Dead covers out of their lineup because they don’t do it justice. DSO on the other hand does a great job, and I’ve more than once seen them play with Mickey Hart, Donna Jean, and Bill Kreutzmann.

Grizz March 21, 2013, 13:24:02

there’s a difference between a cover band and a tribute band… DSO pays tribute. I’m in a band and we cover a few Dead songs. For me, there is no better song to cover than a Dead song. Anyways, I have seen DSO several times, gone to their Gratefulfest and Jubilee festivals 8 years in a row… The festivals are always the cheapest and I have never paid over $25 for a show… I’d say 95% percent of the shows were all previous Dead sets… I’ve heard them announce when they rarely don’t do a reinacted set, but never have seen one at a show… I have only seen them do it on like the last night of a three night run at their own festival… someone doesn’t know what they are talking about…

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