Concert Review: Dark Star Orchestra in Boulder, CO – October, 2013

Dark Star Orchestra - Fox Theater

The Fox Theater in Boulder, CO was home to the final three shows of the fall Dark Star Orchestra tour. I had the pleasure of going to the first night where DSO played an inspired rendition of the Grateful Dead show from 10-20-78. The following nights they played the next successive Dead shows and busted out over 60 dead tunes throughout 3 nights.

Colorado is beautiful and so were the people in the Fox Theater. Everyone came to have a good time, the crowd was lighthearted, hollering and laughing throughout. It didn’t look like anyone had had too much too fast!

Dark Star Orchestra - DSO Highlights of the show were all over the place but I’ll just name a few that you can listen to by checking out the archive.org link below. My personal favorite part of the show was the transition from Half Step into Franklin’s Tower. Two of my favorite songs back to back that go so well together! The encores were both incredible, especially the first one when Mattson just came out and wailed on Johnny B Goode. The other highlights were mainly during the jam sessions which were some of the most energetic parts of the show.

My only regret is not being able to make all 3 nights…

Dark Star Orchestra - Boulder

SET LIST: Dark Star Orchestra – October 18, 2013

Set 1: Minglewood – They Love Each Other – Cassidy – Dire Wolf – El Paso – Tennessee Jed – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Loser – Lazy Lightnight > Supplication

Set 2: Miss Half Step > Franlins Tower – Dancin in the Streets > Drum > Space > Jam

Set 3: NFA > Black Peter > Around and Around
Encore 1: Johnny B. Goode
Encore 2: Shakedown – Warewolfs of London

Thanks to Patrick H. for a great recording!