Win Tickets ($65): Dark Star Orchestra @ Roseland Theater | 20 Years of Celebrating the Grateful Dead Experience

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Dark Star Orchestra @ Roseland Theater on February 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 3.



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From our sponsors:
Dark Star Orchestra
February 7, 2020
8p | $32.50 – $45 | 21+
More info: truewestpresents.com

Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these 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, Dark Star Orchestra 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.

Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It’s about a sense of familiarity. It’s about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It’s about that contagious energy… in short, it’s about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.

Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the entire United States, plus Europe & the Caribbean touching down in seven different countries. DSO continues to grow its fan base by playing at larger venues for two and even three night stands as well as performing at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, The Peach Music Festival, All Good Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, and many more.

In addition to appearing at some of the nation’s top festival, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own annual music festival and campaign gathering, titled the ‘Dark Star Jubilee’, currently in its sixth year where DSO headline all three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up and coming national touring acts. Beyond the shores of the United States, DSO has taken its internationally-acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute to the beaches of Jamaica in the dead of winter for the past five years, with their event appropriately titled ‘Jam in the Sand’. Featuring an ocean-side stage, DSO sets up camp to perform shows for four nights along the tropical sands of an all-inclusive resort, selling out the event each year for hundreds of lucky attendees.

Fans and critics haven’t been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The band has featured guest performances from six original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, 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, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and many more.

“For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,” rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rob Eaton explains. “We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they’ve been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live.”

“…I can close my eyes and go back 30 years and have it be every bit as rewarding and satisfying. Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead.” Dan Healy, Grateful Dead sound engineer 1966 -1994

“Channeling the Dead” USA Today

“Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead.” Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, Grateful Dead vocalist 1972 – 1979

“The Dark Star Orchestra re-creates Grateful Dead shows with a flashback-inducing meticulousness.” The New Yorker

“Fanatical attention to detail.” Rolling Stone

“In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did…” Chicago Tribune

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24 Responses to Win Tickets ($65): Dark Star Orchestra @ Roseland Theater | 20 Years of Celebrating the Grateful Dead Experience

  1. samantha lipari January 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

    My boyfriend took me to Dead and Co last year for the first time and I’d love to surprise him for Valentine’s Days with these tickets. He is a total deadhead and has been wanting to check them out forever. I need a miracle.

    • Bob January 29, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

      Man I’ve listened to them for so long. Would love to FINALLY see them live. Please please!

      • Jonas Trekas January 29, 2020 at 8:55 pm #

        20 years of celebration. The Dead lives on.

    • Carol Cooper January 29, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

      Would love to see Dark Star. Never have. Pick me. Thanks.

  2. Jenn January 28, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

    Yes please!

  3. Doug January 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

    I’ve never seen them, but hear they’re GREAT (GRATE?). We need a miracle…

    • Jessica MacLeod January 28, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

      Between working two jobs, living in a city where I do not yet have roots to keep me firmly grounded, and an ever-growing tendency to isolate myself and pretend that i got this. all on my own (…one day ill stop feigning naivety)….i could really use a session of live music therapy to clear my mind and organize my thoughts. My mind, body, AND soul would be beyond grateful (ha. see what I did there?). 8-D

  4. Johnny January 28, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

    an original deadhead who loves these guys!

  5. Jessica MacLeod January 28, 2020 at 8:33 pm #

    Between working two jobs, living in a city where I do not yet have roots to keep me firmly grounded, and an ever-growing tendency to isolate myself and pretend that i got this. all on my own (…one day ill stop feigning naivety)….i could really use a session of live music therapy to clear my mind and organize my thoughts. My mind, body, AND soul would be beyond grateful (ha. see what I did there?). 8-D

  6. Cora K January 28, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

    I would absolutely LOVE to win tix for a much needed kid free date night.

  7. Robert January 28, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

    I need a miracle!

  8. Robert January 28, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

    I need a miracle!

  9. Jason January 28, 2020 at 11:21 pm #

    DSO + Roseland + Dead is a great night out.

  10. Jason January 28, 2020 at 11:32 pm #

    DSO + Roseland + Dead covers will be a great night out.

  11. Hunter January 29, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    I want to get my hippie on!

  12. Andrea hodge January 30, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    Oh pretty please. DSO rocks.Would love to see them again

  13. michael dalton January 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

    Love these guys!!

  14. James January 30, 2020 at 5:12 pm #

    The music is the soundtrack to my life . Would love the night out around great people.

  15. Jonas Trekas January 30, 2020 at 10:32 pm #

    Want to wear my Grateful Dead shirt please.

  16. anna January 31, 2020 at 8:09 am #

    My brother needs to go to this!

  17. Karl jacobson January 31, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    Yes, please. I’ve never sen them and would like to. Thanx!

  18. Molli Taylor February 3, 2020 at 6:06 am #

    wow, this looks like such a cool experience! would love to go

  19. maddynico February 3, 2020 at 10:27 am #

    would be an amazing show!

  20. carey February 5, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    I like look great in tye die…

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