Thursday, February 08, 2007

And More DSO...

GoTrida has a little piece on the Dark Star Orchestra:

The Dark and the Dead
Jeri Rowe - Staff Writer

For the third time in four years, The Grateful Dead is coming back to The Carolina Theatre.
Sort of.

Dark Star Orchestra, one of the country's most talented Grateful Dead tribute bands, will perform Sunday night at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. The band will recreate a particular show from the Dead's 30-year history and recreate an experience that's considered one of the most improvisational moments in popular music.

What show will they play? You'll find out after the show. You can listen to the Carolina Theatre show live from its Web site through what's known as Streamernet. Or check them out Sunday night at the Carolina where tie-dyed legions will dance in the aisles and remember what used to be.
Dino English knows those times well. He first caught The Grateful Dead in June 1991. Now, he's one of the band's two drummers. What does he think?

Describe your first Dead show.

I had several friends who tried to tell me how cool they (the Dead) were, and every time they did, I told them, "I don't get it." Then I went to the second night at the Sandstone Amphitheatre in Kansas City. The only tunes I knew were "Good Lovin'" and "Truckin'," but I enjoyed the whole thing. It was like I got struck by a bolt of lightning.

How did you pick a show?

It's pretty difficult. Rob Eaton (one of the band's guitarists) is in charge of that. The goal is no repeats from night to night, and we work to push from different eras. We search by going through the Deadbase (the encyclopedic book of past set lists from Grateful Dead shows) to make sure we meet all the requirements, and that can be a chore. But by the time we go out on tour, we have a booklet of things Rob has picked. It's not beyond changing, but we stick to it.

What's Streamernet?

We're moving into the future, and that's what I always admired about the Grateful Dead. They wanted to explore new areas, and this streaming the shows live from any venue we can is a way of pressing the folds. Plus, when you've got a lot of interest in what we play every night, we'd figured we'd let them find out and listen to it. I believe we're the first band to do it on a regular basis.

So, will the music ever stop?

I don't think so. I think the music is too powerful. It's a living entity. After all the members of the Dead and the members of Dark Star Orchestra are gone, someone will pick up the torch and carry on. It's like folk music passed on through generations. There's something special about these groupings of songs. It goes beyond music itself. Like a living, breathing entity. It'll do what it can to survive.

Jeri Rowe is a metro columnist with the News & Record. Contact him at 373-7374 or

Here's the Carolina Theatre's Press Release:

Corey Pitz
Marketing and Public Relations
Administrative: (336) 333-2600 ext.4
Box Office: (336) 333-2605

Location: The historic Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Prices: Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $22.00 day of show.

Back by Popular Demand: Dark Star Orchestra at the Carolina Theatre !

GREENSBORO, NC - Dark Star Orchestra Offers Live Perspective on the Dead

On Sunday, February 11 at 8 pm, Dark Star Orchestra returns to light up the stage of the Historic Carolina Theatre of Greensboro. The group performs critically acclaimed live performances of Grateful Dead show re-creations to venues all over the United States.

DSO is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. Rolling Stone recently praised "Dark Star Orchestra's fanatical attention to detail." USA Today says DSO is "channeling the Dead" and the Washington Post declared them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going." Dallas Morning News affirmed DSO was "the next best thing to being there."

Each night, the Chicago-based band decides on performing one show from the 2,500 that the Grateful Dead performed during their 30-year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock. As a chamber orchestra interprets Bach or Mozart, Dark Star Orchestra presents the complete original set list, song by song, and in order, with uncanny faithful interpretation. The group has its craft so well-refined that even members of the Grateful Dead themselves, rhythm guitarist/singer Bob Weir, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, and keyboardists Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten, have appeared on stage and performed with these extremely talented musicians.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22.00 day of show. A $1 Restoration Fee is added to the price of each ticket.

The Carolina Theatre is a non-profit organization that provides a state-of-the-art downtown performance, film, and rental facility to the greater Greensboro community. It is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information or a complete listing of events, please visit or call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 333-2605. Additional press materials, including photographic images, are available calling (336) 333-2600 ext. 4.



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