Dark Star Orchestra Closes Out Winter Tour With Fiery Performance At The Riverside Theater

Dark Star Orchestra Closes Out Winter Tour With Fiery Performance At The Riverside Theater

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night Dark Star Orchestra ended their winter tour with an exclamation point at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee by playing an original Grateful Dead setlist. The show had a little bit of everything- staples, rarer tunes, Jerry Garcia Band numbers, and of course, fan favorites. It was a great show that left Deadheads remembering days of yore.The first set opened with “Samson and Delilah.” Immediately, fans were questioning what show this was, what year it came from. A scorching “Althea” followed. “Passenger” was next, and many were thinking it must be an early 80s show. However, it was quite evident that it was an original set list when they played the next song, “Let Me Sing Your Blues Away.” The only song Grateful Dead song ever written by keyboardist Keith Godchaux, it was only performed a few times in 1973. Dark Star’s execution was excellent. Another rarely played song in the first set was “Easy to Slip” from Bob Weir’s 1978 solo record, Heaven Help The Fool. Guitarist/singer/Bob Weir-look-a-like Rob Eaton nailed the vocals. A long, jammed-out version of “Shakedown Street” closed the set and foreshadowed the jamming that would come in the second.What Deadhead wouldn’t be happy with a “Jack Straw” opener, followed by an incredible “Scarlet Begonias” into “Fire on the Mountain?” Dark Star Orchestra was covering these favorites with absolute precision, and they were having a great time doing it. One of the most poignant moments from the show occurred when they played “Shining Star.” Originally played by the Manhattans, the Jerry Garcia Band brought it into the realm of Deadheads. Last night Dark Star played it very well. The vocals by Jeff Mattson, Rob Eaton, and Lisa Mackey were superb. The drum beat in “Not Fade Away” thundered as the crowd clapped along. Sandwiched between the rocking song was a gentle and brilliant “Stella Blue.” The night ended fittingly with the “Music Never Stopped” encore.Ultimately, Dark Star Orchestra is a top-notch Grateful Dead experience. It is fun to see both old Deadheads who used to tour with the original GD dancing along with a new, younger generation of fans that never had the opportunity to see the Dead play. Dark Star is quite the tribute to the ultimate jamband, and they will continue to be so as long as they keep playing.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI – 3/5/16Set I: Samson and Delilah, Althea, Passenger, Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, Ramble on Rose, Beat It On Down the Line, Strange Man, Dire Wolf, Easy to Slip, Shakedown StreetSet II: Jack Straw, Scarlet Begonias >Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Shining Star, Drums > Space, Not Fade Away > Stella Blue > Not Fade AwayEncore: Music Never Stopped[All photos courtesy of Daniel Ojeda]last_img

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