SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019


Providence, RI :: Live Nation is pleased to present the return of DARK STAR ORCHESTRA live at Bold Point Park in East Providence, RI on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Dark Star Orchestra® is pleased to announce our jam-packed Summer Tour schedule starts June 28 in Knoxville, TN and continues through Cincinnati and Sylvania, OH June 29-30, Chesterfield, MO July 3, and Aurora, IL July 5. 

We’re excited to be included in the 18th Northwest String Summit in North Plains, OR July 18, then it’s East Coast bound for two nights in Hampton Beach, NH July 26-27, the first night featuring a special recreation of 5/11/79 from the Billerica Forum 40 years later.

After that it’s off to East Providence, RI July 28, and Utica, NY July 30.  Be there when we return to the ballpark in Rochester, August 2, then cruise on to Hyannis, MA and Westbrook, ME August 4, and Atlantic City, NJ August 9. 

We’re in Asbury, NJ next where we’ll bust out a recreation of 7/9/89 from Giants Stadium to honor its 30th year, then a Dewey Beach pair August 12-13. 

Summer wraps with a stop in Richmond, VA August 15 then our annual Black Mountain, NC getaway August 16-17 with the newly-minted Pisgah Jubilee. Grab your tickets now and plan your Summer trek!

Continuing a long and strange trip since humble beginnings over a decade ago, Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to ‘raising the Dead’ has drawn nationwide attention:

“Quite possibly the most talented and accomplished tribute band out there… they’ve definitely mastered their inspiration’s vagabond nature.” 
– RollingStone.com

“Recreates the Dead concert experience with uncanny verisimilitude… In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did.”
– Chicago Tribune

“The hottest Grateful Dead tribute act. A cover band for people who don’t like cover bands.”
– Washington Post

Critics aren’t the only ones singing Dark Star Orchestra’s praises. Numerous original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside DSO and have had this to say:

“A couple of times when I had my back to John onstage and he started to sing, I had this weird sense that it was Jerry.”
– Bob Weir, Grateful Dead cofounder/vocalist/guitarist, frequent DSO guest

“Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead.”
– Donna Jean Godchaux, Grateful Dead vocalist, frequent DSO guest

“There are moments where I can close my eyes and go back 30 years and have it be every bit as rewarding and satisfying. Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead.”
– Dan Healy, Grateful Dead sound engineer 1966 -1994, toured with DSO as their sound engineer from Sept – Dec 2008

Offering a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon, members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows.

Made up of Jeff Mattson (Jerry Garcia), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Skip Vangelas (Phil Lesh), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir) and Rob Barraco (multiple keyboardists), Dark Star Orchestra does not try to match Grateful Dead live songs note for note. Anything so formulaic would quickly dispel the free spirit embodied in the music.

While faithful improvisation is pinnacle, precision is of equal importance with DSO, which position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show to be performed, adapting phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras of Dead music performed. At the end of each performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can “see” shows that happened long before they were born.

Dark Star Orchestra isn’t a cover band. Its shows are not even meant as tributes. What Dark Star Orchestra tirelessly strives for and achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead’s timeless music.

Fri, Jun 28 – The Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
Sat, Jun 29 – Riverfront Live Amphitheater – Cincinnatti, OH
Sun, Jun 30 – Centennial Terrace – Sylvania, OH
Wed, Jul 3 – Chesterfield Amphitheater – Chesterfield, MO
Fri, Jul 5 – RiverEdge Park – Aurora, IL
Thu, Jul 18 – Northwest String Summit – North Plains, OR
Fri, Jul 26 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Sat, Jul 27 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Sun, Jul 28 – Bold Point Park – East Providence, RI
Tue, Jul 30 – Saranac Brewery – Utica, NY
Fri, Aug 2 – Frontier Field – Rochester, NY
Sat, Aug 3 – Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA
Sun, Aug 4 – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row – Westbrook, ME
Fri, Aug 9 – Tropicana Showroom – Atlantic City, NJ
Sat, Aug 10 – Stone Pony Summerstage – Asbury Park, NJ
Mon, Aug 12 – Bottle and Cork – Dewey Beach, DE
Tue, Aug 13 – Bottle and Cork – Dewey Beach, DE
Thu, Aug 15 – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! – Richmond, VA

General Admission Ticket Prices
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Tickets available via Ticketmaster, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or locally atJordan’s Liquors – 199 Taunton Ave., East Providence