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News Jul 26, 2019 - 5:38:58 AM


Dark Star Orchestra returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse, August 6, to recreate The Grateful Dead with Special Acoustic Performance

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Not a cover band, not a tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon. Members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances of these historic shows. After a sold out show last summer, Dark Star Orchestra returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with a special acoustic set on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm, part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity and sponsored by Casey Energy. For tickets: ($69.50) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. (contributed photo)
Not a cover band, not a tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon. Members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances of these historic shows. After a sold out show last summer, Dark Star Orchestra returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with a special acoustic set on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm, part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity and sponsored by Casey Energy.

Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and over 2800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring, or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. What Dark Star Orchestra tirelessly strives for and achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead’s timeless music. Made up of Jeff Mattson (Jerry Garcia), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Skip Vangelas (Phil Lesh), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir) and Rob Barraco (multiple keyboardists), Dark Star Orchestra does not try to match Grateful Dead live songs note for note. Anything so formulaic would quickly dispel the free spirit embodied in the music. At the end of each performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can “see” shows that happened long before they were born.

For tickets ($69.50) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.




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