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Quintessential Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra used numerology to its advantage last night celebrating its 11th year of performing with by debuting 'The Eleven' during the 2nd set on 11/11/08 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Other highlights included Not Fade Away, Viola Lee Blues, Playin' in the Band, St. Stephens > The Eleven and encored with Box of Rain> Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Since forming on November 11, 1997, DSO has performed over 1600 concerts and performed to over one million fans in that time. Through lineup changes, international tours, losing founding member/keyboardist Scott Larned in 2005 and being on the road over 200 days a year for 11 years, Dark Star Orchestra continues to keep thousands of Deadheads and music fans enthralled by recreating the music of the Grateful Dead.
For DSO's New Year's Eve show Wednesday, December 31 at the Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, MD, the band has just announced they will hand pick and recreate a 3-set show from one of the many Grateful Dead New Year's Eve concerts. As with most of their shows, DSO will combine their personal expression and improvisation with the original show's set list, arrangements, equipment and stage set-up. All NYE tickets include a champagne toast, party favors and finger foods (http://tickets.ramsheadlive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=75 ) & www.darkstarorchestra.net.
One notable addition is that Dark Star Orchestra has added long-time Grateful Dead sound engineer for 30 years, Dan Healy, as the band's front of house sound engineer from 1966 ' 1994. He was the first to introduce the Dead's legal bootlegs of live concert recordings and was a pioneer in rock sound system innovation, and helped design the Dead's enormous 'Wall of Sound' concert sound system. He is now mixing the front-of-house sound for Dark Star Orchestra on this entire Fall tour. Dark Star Orchestra has also announced their plans for a January/February tour starting in Florida, crossing the Southeast before winding up in Chicago and Wisconsin.