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See You at DSO Cosmic New Years! 

Dark Star Orchestra's Cosmic New Year's Run has been announced! Join the band for a pair of shows at the State Theatre in Portland, ME on December 28 & 29, and then ring in 2023 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on December 30 & 31! 

We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate NYE at The Capitol Theatre and we hope you can join us! 

Tickets to the Cosmic New Year's Run shows go on sale this Friday, visit the DSO tour dates page​ for more information and tickets.

25th Anniversary Tour - On Sale Now! 

Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Tour are on sale now! 

Thu, Nov 3​ - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN 

Fri, Nov 4 &​ Sat, Nov 5​ - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI 

Thu, Nov 10 - Brown County Music Center - Nashville, IN

Fri, Nov 11​ - The Vic - Chicago, IL 

Sat, Nov 12​ - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO 

Mon, Nov 14 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH

Tue, Nov 15 - The Wellmont - Montclair, NJ

Thu, Nov 17 &​ Fri, Nov 18​ - The National - Richmond, VA 

Sat, Nov 19​ - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA 

Sun, Nov 20​ - The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, DE 

Tue, Nov 22​ - XL Live - Harrisburg, PA 

Wed, Nov 23​ - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA 

Fri, Nov 25 &​ Sat, Nov 26​ - The Paramount - Huntington, NY

 

See you there!

Catch Me With Axial Tilt - This Weekend! 

Happening at one of the most beautiful and intimate venues in New Orleans and featuring some of the most well-known names in the extended Grateful Dead family, AXIAL TILT is an all-out party in honor of the music, life, harmony, and spirit of togetherness inspired and Furthured by America's own Grateful Dead. 

FEATURING 

Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra) - Guitar 

Rob Eaton (Dark Star Orchestra) - Guitar 

Lisa Mackey (Dark Star Orchestra) - Vocals 

Mitch Stein (Gatorators, Cryptical) - Keyboards 

Skip Vangelas (Dark Star Orchestra) - Bass 

Jay Lane (Dead & Company, Ratdog, Wolf Brothers) - Drums 

Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) - Percussion 

Both Nights: 1 Acoustic Set + 2 Electric Sets – 5 HOURS OF LIVE GRATEFUL DEAD MUSIC (including a couple of breaks) - NO SONGS REPEATED BETWEEN NIGHTS! 

 -- ALL AGES!!! -- 

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to kick out the Grateful Dead jams in New Orleans, and hope you can join us

Jeff, Rob, Lisa, Mitch, Skip, Jay & Jason

 

Announcing the Jeff Mattson & Friends Green Mountain Mini-Tour 

Announcing: Jeff Mattson & Friends Green Mountain Mini-Tour! 

We're thrilled to head up to Vermont for a few nights in April!  I'm bring DSO bandmates Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas, and Lisa Mackey as well as Tom Barraco along with me and I hope you'll join us!

4/21: The Stone Church Brattleboro --> Tix 👉 https://bit.ly/3Kkkdfu 
4/22-23: Zenbarn Waterbury --> Tix 👉 4/22: https://bit.ly/3qEldTR & 
👉 4/23: https://bit.ly/34Rw2JA 

Tickets won't last, lock them in now! 

Return of the Wooly Mammoth 

Immense thanks to the Grateful Guitars Foundation for this custom Scarlet Fire Guitars “Woolly Mammoth” guitar lovingly built by luthier Leo Elliott in the Doug Irwin style akin to Garcia’s famous Rosebud Guitar. World-famous inlay artist Larry Robinson also worked on the guitar and provided the stunning Pleistocene image on the back of the body of two Woolly Mammoths locking tusks. Such incredible work for which I am incredibly grateful.

The Return of D-Jam! 

Friends, I am please to announce the return of the long-running D-Jam, an annual event hosted by legendary Pittsburgh-area jamband theCause benefitting Pittsburgh's Just Harvest.  DSO bandmate Lisa Mackey and myself will be joining theCause for this special night, April 29, 2022 at the new Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall and we hope you'll join us.  Stay tuned for ticket, times, and more details and we'll see you there!

Playing Dead, Part 1 

Catch Me now on Part 1 of the "Playing Dead" episode of the Good Ol' Grateful Dead podcast hosted by Jesse Jarnow!

The Deadcast examines how the Grateful Dead became a genre and school of music unto themselves, tracing the history of Dead covers to New Jersey in 1969, Calcutta in 1975, & beyond, featuring special appearances by Phish’s Trey Anastasio & Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan. 

Guests: Trey Anastasio, Ira Kaplan, Henry Kaiser, John Zias, Sanjay Mishra, Rebecca Adams, Jeff Mattson, David Gans, Gary Lambert, Dennis McNally

Find it wherever you listen now!

Shelter (Muscle Shoals Remix) - by Donna Jean and the Tricksters 

In the past year, the word "Shelter" has only come to be more powerful in all our lives. This song was originally recorded by Donna Jean and the Tricksters, but has been remixed with stronger background vocals and a more tribal edge in the rhythm section. As writers, Jeff Mattson and I are thrilled with what came to life! It's time is now. Thank you for listening! All the best, Donna Jean 

Released 2021 

Heart of Gold Records

 

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