The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2014

Dark Star shooting for Harrisburg this spring

Tickets go on sale Jan. 31


— HARRISBURG — Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) is coming to the Sunoco Performance Theater, 225 Market St., Whitaker Center for Science and Arts, at 7 p.m. May 20.

Tickets are $22.50, $29.00 and $32.50 and go on sale Jan. 31. For more information and tickets, visit whitakercenter.org or call (717) 214-ARTS.

Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and more than 2,000 shows, DSO continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and through the talent of seven fine musicians.

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 their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, DSO offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era, while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.

The band has featured guest performances from five original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included: Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, among others.