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DSO is a Grateful Dead cover band which attempts to replicate the entire Grateful Dead concert experience. Their members represent the respective members of the Dead. They are a cover band that usually plays exact set-lists from old grateful dead shows. From Illinois.


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  • crownanchor

    unreal band with an unreal sound, man.............

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • megamegan0108

    This signed Dark Star Orchestra drumhead will be auctioned off on November 16, 2012. Proceeds will help provide music lessons for children who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. For more information about the auction, or to bid online if you can't attend, click here. For updates about this item, the auction and new items sign up for our email newsletter at

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • fakepony37

    I saw these guys play in Buffalo, NY right by the water and it started to rain so hard that they had to stop playing for awhile. When it stopped raining they started playing again and a double rainbow came through the clouds over the river. It was so serendipitous :)

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kafloyd

    Having seen them in San Francisco at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, I'm really looking forward to seeing them in my hometown - London. Any ideas on which show they will be covering?

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Irienow3

    Photos of Dark Star Orchestra at Gathering of the Vibes -

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Irienow3

    Dark Star Orchestra photos from Mighty High Mountain Fest -

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Deadhead4ever

    Anyone going to PNC in July?

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • zeppelin909

    these guys are pretty cool. Hell, i think its a good way for people who love the old music to see it live. how else are they going to do that? furthur don't come around that often.

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • leshtricity

    i heard john left to do full-time with furthur....

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • darrellhinton

    Not generally a fan of cover bands either. But I saw DSO years ago at a festival and was pretty impressed. I probably would never buy a ticket just to see them but they are definitely worth checking out at a festival or something.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • dead_phred

    Man, I detest cover bands. Also, no one can be the Dead. Hell, it got too much even for Jerry. That may have been in bad taste...

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • cjwagner

    they don't stick to an exact setlist, they pick a show that the dead did, and follow that. They usually change it up, and add some songs of their own, its more of an 'imitation'

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Tyrano

    for a new generation haha I don't know most of the time they do and hell I think its pretty damn cool

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • cincygroove

    here is my Interview with Dino English from DSO: Scott

    19 Feb 2008 Reply