In celebration of their 20th anniversary in 2017, Dark Star Orchestra has expanded their spring tour with the addition of 10 new May dates. The run begins on May 11 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., covering parts of the mid-Atlantic states and New England, and comes to a close on May 23 at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, Del. The full list of recently announced dates can be found below.
Dark Star Orchestra came into existence just two years after the Grateful Dead disbanded, at a time when fans were still reeling from the death of the group’s guitarist and spiritual leader, Jerry Garcia. Rather than simply cover the band’s songs, as is custom for most tribute bands, Dark Star Orchestra re-created entire sets from the band’s heyday. Their first show on Nov. 11, 1997, at Martyrs’ in Chicago approximated the Dead’s Oct. 8, 1981, show at the Forum Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark. As the band’s profile grew, they began to create their own sets of music, occasionally mixing in Jerry Garcia Band tunes with Dead classics. Founding guitarist John Kadlecik became so adept at mimicking Garcia’s signature sound that he was tapped to join Garcia’s former bandmates in the group Furthur.
Following in the Dead’s footsteps with a seemingly nonstop touring schedule, Dark Star Orchestra opens its winter tour on Feb. 9 at The Showbox in Seattle (click here for tickets) and concludes with a pair of dates at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, March 3-4 (click here for tickets). They also host their annual Dark Star Jubilee, May 26-28, at Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio, with performances by Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Tuna, Keller Williams KWahtro, David Nelson Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Jeff Mattson & Friends, Like Father Like Son, Owsley County and Matt Reynolds.
Dark Star Orchestra’s 2017 expanded spring tour dates:
May 11 – Red Bank, N.J. – Count Basie Theatre
May 12 – Westbury, N.Y. – The Space at Westbury
May 13 – Jim Thorpe, Pa. – Penn’s Peak
May 15 – Princeton, N.J. – McCarter Theater
May 16 – Morristown, N.J. – Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 18 – Boston, Mass. – Wilbur Theatre
May 19-20 – Port Chester, N.Y. - Capitol Theatre
May 21 – Keene, N.H. – Colonial Theatre
May 23 – Wilmington, Del. – World Café Live at The Queen