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D-Jam 2020 Coming Soon 

Friends, we are only three weeks away from D-Jam 2020, our annual Pittsburgh pilgrimage to play with theCause benefiting Just Harvest.  Lisa Mackey and myself will join this staple of the Pennsylvania jam scene Saturday, March 21 at The Rex Theater: Southside for a night of Grateful Dead and more with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Just Harvest.  This organization “addresses hunger in Allegheny County at its root – economic injustice – through a focus on public policy, food access, and community power,” and we’re proud to support them year after year.  Grab tickets or if you can’t make it, simply donate here, we hope to see you there!

Join Jeff Mattson & Friends at the Jubilee 

Do you have your 9th Annual Dark Star Jubilee tickets yet?  Join your best DSO friends and family May 23-24, 2020 at beautiful Legend Valley in Thornville, OH for three nights of full 2-set DSO shows, Oteil & Friends, Galactic, Zero (Ft. Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Pete Sears, & Melvin Seals), The Infamous Stringdusters, Jorma Kaukonen, Keller Williams, Boombox, Marco Benevento, Jeff Mattson & Friends (ft. Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas, & Lisa Mackey w/ Tom Barraco), Holly Bowling, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads, Dino English & The Progfusionals, and Katie Henry BandAdvance tickets are still available at a $40 savings over the GA gate price, and save $60 on your VIP experience - but only if you buy them now.  Why wait?  It’s our favorite weekend of the year and we can’t wait to see you there!

Jeff Mattson to Resurrect “Alligator” 

Jeff Mattson is thrilled to return Jerry Garcia’s Fender Stratocaster, “Alligator” to the stage with Dark Star Orchestra Saturday, February 15 at The Warfield in San Francisco compliments of Alligator’s new owner, Andy Logan.  This guitar was the star of Europe ’72, but has not been on stage since the last time Garcia performed with it on his birthday, August 1, 1973.  If that’s not enough, Jerry’s Martin D-28 acoustic guitar will be on-site for Jeff to use during the acoustic portion of DSO’s recreation of 2/14/70 to be performed at The Warfield the night before on it’s 50th anniversary.  This guitar was with Jerry on the infamous 1970 “Festival Express” rail tour of Canada.  Thank you to Andy Logan whose generosity makes it possible for us all to share in this special piece of sonic history.  Tickets to both nights of this unforgettable run are available here and not expected to last much longer.  See you later, Alligator!

DSO Winter Tour Right Around The Corner 

Jeff Mattson may be sitting in Jamaica celebrating DSO’s Jam in the Sand, but to the horizon looks Dark Star Orchestra® Winter Tour 2020 kicking off in Seattle Thursday, February 6.  Join Jeff and DSO that first weekend in Portland and Eugene before heading down to Bend and Ashland, Oregon February 10-11.  Catch up in Chico February 13, then be our Valentine for two nights in San Francisco February 14-15.  Tahoe and Tempe come after before Jeff and DSO swing back in the Golden State to wrap up in Ventura, San Diego, and Los Angeles.  Information and tickets for all shows are available now right here and at venue outlets, and we’ll see you out West!

DSO Cosmic New Years is Almost Here 

Join Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® ring out the old and ring in the new as we say fare thee well to 2019 at DSO Cosmic New Years, December 28-31.  Run up to Albany first for two nights of pre-celebration in this historic room, then roll down to Montclair for a pair full of fun and surprises.  Cheer 2020 DSO-style to the sounds our favorite music, sweet music with friends and family as we hope to make next year the best it can be.  Tickets are on sale now online and at venue outlets so grab them now.  Happy holidays and have a Cosmic New Year!

 

DSO Fall Tour Wraps, Cosmic New Years Around the Corner 

Dark Star Orchestra® Fall Tour 2019 is almost over, but there’s still plenty of Jeff Mattson fun to be had this weekend.  Come on down to Richmond, VA December 5 and Washington DC December 6 before DSO Fall tour comes to a close Saturday, December 7 in Norfolk, VA. Jeff returns to the road with DSO for Cosmic New Years, celebrations popping off December 28-29 in Albany, and continuing December 30-31 in Montclair, NJ. Jeff and DSO are grateful to have this time with you and welcome 2020 together.  Happy holidays!

DSO Fall Tour Rolls On 

Jeff Mattson with Dark Star Orchestra’s Fall Tour is in full swing with a full weekend of fun ahead.  Join Jeff in New Haven, Providence, and Tarrytown before he makes all of the traditional Thanksgiving week stops in Concord, Jim Thorpe, and that post-feast Huntington pair November 29-30.  Spend Cyber Monday checking out what’s new and ready to ship from the online home for DSO Merch, then head out to Harrisburg that night for an inaugural boogie on December 2.  Remember, the holiday shopping season is a week short this year, so get a jump on the savings with DSO’s Non-Black-Friday sale going on now online only.  Save on Jam in the Sand gear, Limited Edition Red Rocks Posters, new outerwear and more right now, and we’ll see you in your new threads as Fall Tour rolls on by.

ZT40 is Finally Here 

Thank you to everyone holding a ticket to this weekend’s Zen Tricksters 40th Anniversary celebration at the Landmark on Main Street Theater in Port Washington, NY.  If you were waiting to purchase your ticket, please call the box office at 516.767.6444 to join the waitlist.  Thank you so much for 40 years of support, that is as surreal to us as anything from our wildest dreams, and we can’t wait to see you all this weekend.

Jeff Mattson & DSO to Raise the Dead  

Jeff Mattson summons you to get your spooky on with Dark Star Orchestra this weekend at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, October 31-November 2.  Get freaky Thursday in your costumed best the first night, then come to rage all weekend long.  DSO’ll raise the Dead by resurrecting classic nights from the Cap and other surprises as we fill in this Phil-O-Ween with a haunting good time.  Possess your tickets today right here and at venue outlets, and remember, if you’re holding a ticket to Phil-O-Ween, hang on to it for his rescheduled shows once they’re confirmed.  Happy Halloween!

Fall Tour on the Horizon 

Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® are excited for Fall Tour 2019 kicking off September 26 in Chicago and rounding out September in Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis.  October brings Bloomington, IL, Grand Rapids and more as we make our annual Midwest swing.  Expect several stops to include local area Grateful Dead shows including a classic show at the HOB in Cleveland and a Deer Creek show at The Egyptian in Indianapolis, along with DSO’s custom elective shows.  Don’t forget returns to Detroit, Louisville, and Ft. Wayne, then wrap it all up with us, October 11-12 in Columbus and Pittsburgh before we break for a few weeks to reset for the second half of Fall Tour 2019.  Tickets for all of these nights and the rest of 2019 are on sale now right here and at venue outlets.  See you soon!