Night of the Living Dead: DarkStar Orchestra Returns To The McDonald

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 strategy 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.

Touring nationwide for more than 15 years to the tune of nearly 2200 shows since forming, the band’s determined commitment to “raising the Dead” has drawn national media attention.

‘Fanatical attention to detail,” says Rolling Stone magazine. The Associated Press says DSO “…takes its act to a level of detail that befits a rock band famous for its fanatical following.”

Critics aren’t the only ones singing Dark Star Orchestra’s praises. Five original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside DSO, including Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, Grateful Dead vocalist, and frequent DSO guest, who says, “Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead.”

Precision is king with DSO; the band adapts their stage positioning, vocal arrangements, specific musical equipment and instruments to fit the era of the show they are performing. Following each performance the band announces the date and venue of the original performance. Dark Star Orchestra could dip into any incarnation of the dead at any of their shows, allowing fans to experience shows that happened long before they were born.

Grateful Dead-tribute band Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) will continue the band’s storied “Grateful Dead Concert Experience” in the McDonald Theatre on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

All ages advance tickets are general admission and available now for $25 at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, online at TicketsWest, and will call online at

Advance tickets day of show will cost $30 when the McDonald Theatre Box Office will opens at5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

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