Dark Star Orchestra Tickets

Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) are a Chicago based tribute band to the Grateful Dead, one of the greatest rock bands in history. The band was formed in 1997, and has grown to become one of the best Grateful Dead cover bands out there. A testament to the fact is that Grateful Dead members have also performed with the band on stage. DSO is currently on a nationwide tour which involves shows throughout the country, so mark your calendars for the dates they will be performing at a venue near you and have your Dark Star Orchestra tickets ready when the day comes. 


Dark Star Orchestra

Band Type:

The Grateful Dead tribute band


Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Jam Band

DSO has almost 2500 Grateful Dead shows to choose from before planning their own show. The band usually uses the complete original set list in the same order, while adapting the same vocal arrangements, phrasing and musical instruments from the various eras of the Grateful Dead shows.

The Grateful Dead:

Formed in 1965, the Grateful Dead was a rock band from Palo Alto, California. The band started off as a rock band, but added their own unique flavor to their music, producing an eclectic sound, which had elements of rock, blues, country, folk, bluegrass and reggae. This fusion of different genres, coupled with their impressive talents as musicians made Grateful Dead live concerts some of the best. Featuring long musical improvisations, and a mix of diverse music, they became one of the first jam bands in the world.

The band’s founding members were Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann. Over the years the band underwent numerous changes, but most of the original members remained associated with the band for most of its thirty year journey.

The band recorded twenty two studio albums during their career and has sold more than thirty five million albums worldwide. For their services to music, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. As a testament to their brilliant live concerts, their Barton Hall Concert, held at Cornell University on 8th May, 1977 was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. The Grateful Dead was ranked at fifty seventh on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The Greatest Artists of all Time.

Dark Star Orchestra:

DSO was formed in 1997, when guitarist John Kadlecik and keyboardist Scott Larned came up with the idea to re-perform the classic Grateful Dead shows. They recruited additional musicians to complete their lineup and started performing under the Dark Star Orchestra name.

The band got its first major break in 1998, when members of the band Phish joined a DSO show after their own performance. The show featured a drum section with four percussionists, which was something out of the ordinary, and created ripples in the media. As national interest in the band grew, their Colorado winter tour was a huge success and the band played in front of sold out crowds.

As the band grew in stature, they started performing regularly, playing around two hundred shows a year. Slowly the venues started growing bigger and they had the honor of collaborating with Grateful Dead alumni, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh.

The band’s shows are built around the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead. During their shows they feature original set lists from the Grateful Dead shows, and sometimes mix them up with covers of other songs, providing something for all sorts of audience members.

DSO shows are also renowned for their historical accuracy. The band keeps special notice of stage positioning, musical equipment and instruments and even the vocal arrangement to fit the era of the show they are performing. After the concert ends, the band announces the date and venue of the original Grateful Dead show.

So a Dark Star Orchestra show takes the audience members back to the early days of rock and roll and highlights all the great things that made this form of music so universally appealing. 


Interesting Facts:

  • Grateful Dead fans are called Deadheads, and are known for their devotion to the band.
  • During its prime, Grateful Dead and its fans were closely associated with the hippie movement, which carved a niche for itself in American culture.
  • According to the Washington Post, DSO was "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going".
  • Death Star Orchestra has been touring nationwide for more than fifteen years and has performed nearly 2200 shows.
  • More than twenty performers have performed with the DSO as part of the group.