Dark Star Orchestra
featuring Melvin Seals
This band’s Thursday night tribute performances at Vibes have become one of the most talked about sets of the entire festival over the last six years.
As campers and fans set-up camp and find friends old and new on Thursday, it’s certainly one of the most asked questions around the park; “What set do you think DSO will perform tonight?”
Dark Star Orchestras shows are built off the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often played covers to create a unique set list for the show. This allows music fans both young and old to share in the experience.
Dark Star Orchestra presents its critically acclaimed live show at esteemed venues from coast to coast and internationally. Grateful Dead classics are performed in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived and channeled as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions.
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The current incarnation of DSO includes lead guitarist Jeff Mattson and rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton, drummers Dino English and Rob Koritz, bassist Kevin Rosen, Keyboardist Rob Barraco and harmony vocalist Lisa Mackey, Once again, we’re proud to welcome back DSO for a performance dedicated to the forbearers of the jam scene and the inspiration for this festival, The Grateful Dead.