Dark Star Orchestra Recreates Grateful Dead Experience At State Theatre

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NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre will present the Dark Star Orchestra—Fly Through the Night Fall Tour for one night only on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $27-36.

Giving homage in a continually evolving artistic outlet, the Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) recreates historic Grateful Dead concerts with compelling accuracy. The group has their craft so well refined that even members of the Dead themselves, rhythm guitarist/singer Bob Weir, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and keyboardist Vince Welnick, have appeared on stage and performed with these live music interpreters. DSO concerts have been hailed as “the next best thing to being there,” due in part to the band’s impeccable musicianship and attention to detail.

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.

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.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 1-732-246-7469, or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.


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