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Dark Star Orchestra Concert Review

Updated on November 11, 2012

A Must See Rock Show !

On September 30 2010 I went to the Dark Star Orchestra concert at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass. This band duplicates a Grateful Dead Show from someplace in time within Dead’s touring history, and plays that exact set list. Played on this evening was the Dead’s set list from October 1, 1977 from a Portland Oregon show. This gives the concertgoer a unique view back into music history.

The show itself was stunning. The Dark Star Orchestra sound is extremely clear, well balanced and very energetic. The entire theater danced throughout the 3 plus hour long show.

The band line up for that evening was; Kevin Rosen, Lisa Mackey, Rob Eaton
Rob Koritz
Dino English
Rob Barraco and Jeff Mattson

The set list played that evening was;
Show: 1858 • 09/30/2010 Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA Set list from Grateful Dead show of: 10/1/77 - Paramount Theater, Portland OR - Saturday Set One: The Promised Land ; They Love Each Other ; Mexicali Blues ; Dire Wolf ; Cassidy ; Deal ; Passenger ; Tennessee Jed ; New Minglewood Blues ; Peggy-O ; The Music Never Stopped

Set Two: Bertha > Good Lovin' ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World > Dancing In The Street > Drums > Not Fade Away > Black Peter > Around And Around

Filler: Let Me Sing Your Blues Away ; Rockin' Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu

I’ve never been one to go out of my way to see tribute bands, but the DSO is a must see, not just for Grateful Dead fans, but for fans of good music from that era.


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