Anyone that is, or ever was a Deadhead, has most likely heard the saying: “They’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones that do what they do.”  This was obviously the truth, but I can certainly attest to the fact that ’s should be: “They’re doing the best at what they (The ) did, and are the only ones that can do so .” 

055, I just put that out there even after seeing , , along many other side projects that contain original members of The too many times to count. While they were the ones that first played these songs and wrote them, they obviously took things to a new direction and changed some stuff up a bit in projects post . They are not trying to be The , they’re just playing a lot of the same songs a bit differently, and that is not a bad at all as is all about expansion and creative direction. But, as most of us know, recreates actual Grateful Dead shows meticulously and pretty much to perfection. As far as I’m concerned, if you want to hear something as close as one can to The Grateful Dead played , this is to see. Just close your eyes and open your ears, and I believe you’ll feel the same way.

This particular night was actually pretty special to me as I was floored through mid-first set and realized they were playing one of my all time favorite shows, which happened to be from in on May 4th, 1977, and they were doing it ever so perfectly.

287Dark Star Orchestra’s current is made up of Jeff Matson on lead guitar & vocals, Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar & vocals, on keys & vocals, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on drums, and newcomer (although he has played them in the past) Skip Vangelas on bass guitar who just recently replaced former bassist, Kevin Rosen.

This night’s , again is a recreated show from ’s from 5/4/1977 and contains the following:

Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Toodeloo > Big River ; They Love Each Other ; New Minglewood Blues ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Cassidy ; Deal ; Looks Like Rain ; Brown Eyed ; Dancing In The Street

Set Two: Estimated Prophet ; Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Terrapin Station > Playing In > Comes A Time > Playing In

Filler: Strange


Based in Denver, CO, Craig has been contributing to Live Music Blog for a few years now. He's made a strong start out of the gates and his enthusiasm always makes for a fun read. A veteran of almost 200 Grateful Dead shows and hundreds of other various concerts, Craig decided to combine his love for live music with photography to be part of the action.