Thursday, February 7, 2008 - Barrymore Theatre
My friends know that I'm a "deadhead" from way back in the day, but it wasn't until 2006 that I was first convinced to check out DSO. I've since turned to convincing others! What I found is that a Dark Star Orchestra show is really a lot of fun. Sure, it's a nostalgia trip. But it's a pleasure to hear the Grateful Dead canon performed so well; and to gather, sing and dance alongside fellow travelers.
Much more than a tribute band – DSO has an uncanny ability to recapture the sound of the Dead – and live performance was always what the Grateful Dead was about. DSO recreates sets from all periods of the Dead history, and vary their gear and stage setup to recreate the sound of each era.
One of the games that Deadheads (and now Starheads) like to play is to try to guess the year and date of the show being performed. I've seen people nail it!
Performing with Bob Weir
DSO has been performing for over 10 years, and is set to perform their 1,500th show on February 2, in their hometown of Chicago!
Come and check it out! You'll have a great time, "man."
- Mister Bill
ps If you never "got" the Grateful Dead, try checking out my blog entry: "Why the Grateful Dead was cool "