It’s really about the sound that’s created. It’s about a sense of familiarity. It’s about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It’s about a contagious energy: it’s about the experience. Dark Star Orchestra has been delivering this experience to old and new Grateful Dead fans since 1997, after guitarist John Kadlecik contacted keyboardist Scott Larned with a concept — performing complete Grateful Dead shows from out of the band’s long touring history.
When Scott mentioned having the same idea, John knew they were on to something. Over 12 years since the band first performed together, Dark Star Orchestra has gone on to perform over 1800 shows worldwide. What they do is not simply a tribute to the Grateful Dead, but a testament to the enormous catalogue of shows the band performed in addition to original set lists created to give the listener a wholly unique experience.
“For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,” 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.”