Dark Star Orchestra Brings Back the Dead
Returning to Uptown Theatre on Saturday October 11th for another nostalgic Grateful Dead tribute is Dark Star Orchestra. Using entire shows from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from historic set lists. Not only replicating entire legendary concerts,
DSO incorporates the style of each era and offers its own interpretations and improvisations for a group that was famed and loved by many. Having toured worldwide to the tune of over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to ‘Raising the Dead’ has drawn them much critical acclaim. Precision is king with DSO adapting the phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras of Dead music performed.
Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can “see” shows that happened long before they were born and at the end of every performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. What they do is not simply a tribute to the Grateful Dead, but a testament to the enormous catalogue of shows the band performed in addition to original set lists created to give the listener a wholly unique experience. “For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,” Eaton explains. “We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they’ve been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live.”
But Dark Star Orchestra isn’t just a tribute band. What Dark Star Orchestra achieves is a continuation of the spirit of the Grateful Dead and critics aren’t the only ones singing Dark Star Orchestra’s praises. Five original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside DSO and are frequent DSO guests and Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed them “The most talented and accomplished tribute band out there. Fanatical attention to detail.”