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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 09:35 AM
what do the peeps think of this band.

I saw them last night here in St. Louis...........both of their drummers are locals.

They were terrific in everyway. Barraco was playing keys - wow is he good......good enough to play with any one really.

I do not listen to The Dead much anymore at all and kind of refuse to play their music in my band. We do play JGB stuff and love it.....somehow it is very different music to me.

so thumbs up or what for DSO?

I think they are a better total band than the original band. I know this is blasphemy but they have it so together and they swing.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 09:42 AM
I enjoy going to their shows. Last one I saw they performed 7-8-78 from Red Rocks. A classic.

Thumbs way up!

What did they play last night?

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 10:05 AM
I saw them for the first time this year the night before New Years ( saw the Mule the night before) . A small intimate theater, more like a school auditorium.

They played an original set, not their songs but a mixed bag of Dead and Jerry stuff. They were great ,I'll see them again next time they are in NJ.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 10:11 AM
I think ots funny that 75% of the people there never saw the Dead

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 02:30 PM
I think it was a show from 1989.

it was the execution of the music and the separation of duty and the strength of their playing together that made it happen for me.....

.....the Grateful Dead were seldomly like that when they performed IMHO.

I saw them many times but have lost interest over the decades but last night made me realize that I must be a closet Deadhead of some type............it was good and Barraco can really play the keys and these drummers bring it!

Warren never saw the Dead either......

.....seeing the DSO is not about being there in the day for these younger kids who show up from respect and interest in the jam scene.......for them this is their chance to experience a part of the jam band history they love and embrace and feel just like most of us here at some deep basic root level.

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 02:42 PM
DSO!! Awesome stuff! Good friend was in the band and he so resembles Bob Weir...it's crazy. Now he's in Playin' Dead. Both excellent bands!

http://www.darkstarorchestra.net/NEWSITE/HTML/dso.php?sec=tour

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nyyDnhJj6F8

http://www.playingdead.net/music.html

http://www.playingdead.net/1223lovelight.mp3

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 03:55 PM
Loved Barraco in Phil & Friends and am very much looking forward to seeing them at Mountain Jam.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 04:07 PM
as an ancient Deadhead who saw the Grateful Dead from '72-95, I had concerns about a 'cover' band...however, I have seen DSO 3 times (including the 5/8/07 ithaca show which commemerated the 30 year anniversary of the Dead playing there and this band really bring their love the Grateful Dead's music to their music. They just faithfully play the entire show from beginning to end which is different for a cover band.

I love them and there is definately a good honest feeling projected from them. I love that there are plenty of younger folk at shows...good for them....its important that the Dead's music is passed onto the next gen.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 05:41 PM
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They were terrific in everyway. Barraco was playing keys - wow is he good......good enough to play with any one really.


I have never had the pleasure of seeing DSO, however I got to see Rob when he played the Zen Tricksters[another excellent Dead tribute band].He also was a guest at the Beacon a couple years back. He's a hellva musician.
As I recall he had a band with Jiimy Herring called the Dragonflys a couple years back also.

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 06:30 PM
LOVE DSO
 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 06:53 PM
I saw DSO last year in Asheville for the 1st time. I thought they were just OK, but I really enjoyed the crowd that they drew.
 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 01:18 PM
Love DSO - in fact saw them 3 nights ago do a Brett era show with much dancing and killer Shakedown!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 02:27 PM
Have seen them 8 or 9 times and I'm chomping at the bit for my next two shows which will be Charlotte and Atlanta ! TWO THUMBS WAAAAAAAY UP !!!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 03:34 PM
i've only seen them once - All Good '01, which was cut short due to rain, and thought it was pretty good.

i have heard mixed reviews from deadheads some really love them and others really love the real thing.

as of now i would rather see original acts and not cover bands (even if they are really good) and have passed on seeing DSO. They would probably make a good late night, early afternoon, or pre-, festival act though.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 03:40 PM
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DSO!! Awesome stuff! Good friend was in the band and he so resembles Bob Weir...it's crazy. Now he's in Playin' Dead. Both excellent bands!

http://www.darkstarorchestra.net/NEWSITE/HTML/dso.php?sec=tour

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nyyDnhJj6F8

http://www.playingdead.net/music.html

http://www.playingdead.net/1223lovelight.mp3





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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 08:21 PM
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LOVE DSO


My only experience of them was staying up late to watch the live stream of the Itaca show last spring, with NYPeachhead as I recall! It was GREAT and I'd love to see them live.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 08:32 PM
I can't tell you how many times I've seen DSO. I'm going on Friday. It will be their 1500th show. It's always a good time. DSO shows allow our extended group of friends who don't have get out much because of families a chance to meet-up.
 

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I can't tell you how many times I've seen DSO. I'm going on Friday. It will be their 1500th show. It's always a good time. DSO shows allow our extended group of friends who don't have get out much because of families a chance to meet-up.


exactly! and the ticket prices are very reasonable with no one complaining

this band is unique in that they play a complete show from a specific date..

you can tell they love what they do....

they get the entire audience up and dancin', dancin' danin' in the Streets......

just talking about them makes me want to see them again.!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2008 at 09:58 PM
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I think it was a show from 1989.

it was the execution of the music and the separation of duty and the strength of their playing together that made it happen for me.....

.....the Grateful Dead were seldomly like that when they performed IMHO.

I saw them many times but have lost interest over the decades but last night made me realize that I must be a closet Deadhead of some type............it was good and Barraco can really play the keys and these drummers bring it!

Warren never saw the Dead either......

.....seeing the DSO is not about being there in the day for these younger kids who show up from respect and interest in the jam scene.......for them this is their chance to experience a part of the jam band history they love and embrace and feel just like most of us here at some deep basic root level.

"play all night"




I didnt mean for my remark to put "the kids" down. I think DSO is good for them, its the closest thing to the real thing. I saw the dead 300 plus times its too bad these kids never had the chance.

 

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  posted on 2/13/2008 at 10:50 AM
agree..........completely.

 

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