Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) in their famous tribute to The Grateful Dead, playing live at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The Fillmore is legendary in The Grateful Dead canon as one of their de facto club in the early part of their career and featured in their live album “Live/Dead” and the more recently released “Fillmore West 1969.”
The basic idea behind DSO is that they pick a particular concert from the 30 year career of The Dead and recreate in its entirety capturing the tone and pace of an on original concert from a bygone era. Sometimes it’s an early ’70s show and other times it’s a late ’80s show and once in a while it’s put together from various Dead side projects. At the end of the evening, DSO announces the setlist.
So how good are DSO? Good enough that DSO’s founding guitar player and vocalist John Kadlecik, now plays with Furthur, the latest incarnation of The Grateful Dead led by founding members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. They’re so good, current and former members of The Grateful Dead have on occasion played with DSO. And in fact, Phil Lesh joined DSO on stage for the entire first set.
Check out the videos on Youtube. And be sure to checkout DSO on the rest of their tour as they make their way east across the country.