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LIVE from the Living Room AND the Drive In 

Tune into Jeff Mattson & Friends this Sunday, October 18 at 4pm Eastern for another round of your old and new favorites LIVE from my living room, then get your tickets while you still can for Dark Star Orchestra's Halloween weekend at Showtime At The Drive In taking place October 30 - November 1 in Frederick, Maryland.  Friday and Saturday are evening shows and Sunday is a Sunset Show starting at 4pm.  Details and tickets are available right here.  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.

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!

Jeff Mattson & DSO Join Hangtown + Red Rocks Home Stretch 

Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® are excited to return to Placerville, CA October 24-27 for the 9th Annual Hangtown Music Festival hosted by our friends Railroad Earth.  The stacked lineup for this Halloween celebration features three sets by Railroad Earth as well as sets by Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood Brothers, The Motet, Anders Osborne, and more. 

While Jeff is looking forward to this Northern California fun, it’s hard to see past Red Rocks weekend only one month away.  Be there Sunday, September 8 as Jeff and DSO recreate 9/8/83 on its anniversary with friends electric Hot Tuna on site to warm things up.  Remember, this ticket is the only way to get into DSO’s exclusive Boulder Theater shows September 6-7, and a small amount of Good Lovin’ VIP Experiences remain but we don’t expect them to last long.  Snap up tickets to Hangtown here, and Red Rocks Experiences here. We can’t wait to see you there!

DSO Summer Tour Happening Now 

A fun-filled weekend is upon us as Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra Summer Tour 2019 is in full-swing.  Celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 in Branford, CT, then take yourself out to the ballpark in Rochester, NY Friday, cruise to the Cape in Hyannis, MA on Saturday, and make it up to Maine for a Sunday Funday with Jeff and DSO in Westport.  The following week treat yourself to a rare acoustic night in Ridgefield, CT then help him take over New Jersey with nights in Englewood and Atlantic City before heading over to Asbury Park to celebrate legendary Giants Stadium 7/9/89 in honor of its 30th anniversary.  Dewey Beach, DE, Richmond, VA and the first Dark Star Pisgah Jubilee are on the horizon as well as Jeff’s return to Red Rocks September 8.  We can’t wait for you to dance the nights away with Jeff and DSO all summer long, so pick up tickets to these nights and more right here, and we’ll see you out there!

Ready for Red Rocks? 

Jeff Mattson is!  Jeff and Dark Star Orchestra® can’t wait for you to join them when they return to this hallowed ground Sunday, September 8 to recreate the Grateful Dead’s 9/8/83 on its anniversary.  Joined by our friends Electric Hot Tuna, Sunday will bring an amazing close to a full weekend of Colorado fun that includes two nights at the Boulder Theater, Sept. 6-7 - tickets you can only get with purchase of your Red Rocks ticket.  Want to enter early Sunday?  A small number of Good Lovin’ VIP tickets are still available and come standard with early entry and access to the merch table, a special laminate, a limited edition poster signed by Jeff and DSO, and more.  This trip is a pilgrimage we hope you’ll join us on, and we can’t wait to share it all with you in just a handful of weeks.  Grab your tickets today and we’ll see you on the mountain!

Pisgah Jubilee - One Month Away! 

Help Jeff Mattson send off Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 August 16-17 in Black Mountain, NC at the inaugural Pisgah Jubilee.  Enjoy two full DSO shows including a 40th anniversary celebration of 5/3/79 at the Charlotte Coliseum, and sets by Peter Rowan, Midnight North, California Kind, The Lil Smokies, Josh Phillips Feel Good, Captain Midnight Band, Campfire Reverends, and the Snozzberries all while surrounded by beautiful views, local food vendors, and of course, great beer by the Pisgah Brewing Company.  Good Lovin’ VIP packages are still available including a guided brewery tour and tasting, private viewing and bar, limited-edition poster with signing with Jeff and DSO, and more.  Save over the gate now on single and two-day passes right here, and he’ll meet you at the Pisgah Jubilee!

Jeff Mattson at Red Rocks - Two Months Away 

Be there when Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® return to Red Rocks to recreate 9/8/83 on 9/8/19, and help him welcome special guest Hot Tuna for an unforgettable evening.  Three-night passes that include September 6-7 at the Boulder Theater are still available as well as a handful of VIP passes and upgrades that’ll give you early venue access, a signed poster, a Q&A with members of DSO and more.  All of us here at Team Mattson can’t wait to visit with you on this hallowed ground, and light up the mountain in celebration of the Grateful Dead Experience. See you in two short months!

Summer Tour is Here! 

Summer has officially arrived for Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® as Summer Tour 2019 takes off June 28 in Knoxville, TN followed this weekend by stops in Cincinnati and Sylvania, OH.  Be there when Jeff and DSO take over the Minnesota Zoo, Tuesday July 2, and find him Independence Day Eve in Chesterfield, MO recreating a classic St. Louis-area show.  After that it’s off to Aurora, IL July 5 to rock the Chi-town suburbs then up to Milwaukee for Jeff and DSO’s return to Summerfest, July 6.  Tickets for these nights and everything else in store for Summer are on sale now right here, so grab them up before they’re gone and we’ll see you under the stars all Summer long.

DSO Summer Tour in Two Weeks 

Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® Summer Tour 2019 is only two weeks away launching Friday, June 28 in Knoxville, TN.  This first leg takes the Midwest by storm making stops in Cincinnati and Sylvania, OH before cruising up to the Minnesota Zoo, July 2.  After that catch Jeff with DSO in Chesterfield, MO July 3 and Aurora, IL July 5, then it’s up to Milwaukee where this segment wraps up at a long-awaited return to Summerfest on July 6.  Grab your tickets and check out more info for all DSO and Jeff Mattson Summer Tour 2019 dates right here.  The countdown is on, see you soon!

Three More Dates Added to DSO Summer Tour 

Your opportunities to catch Jeff Mattson with Dark Star Orchestra® on the road this summer have increased!  The following dates have been added to the DSO Summer Tour 2019: August 1 at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT, August 6 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, and August 8 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.  These nights add to a healthy lineup of some of DSO’s favorite summer haunts and we hope you’ll join us!  The first leg of Summer Tour runs June 28 - July 3, then part two commences July 26 and ends at the newly-minted Pisgah Jubilee in Black Mountain, NC August 16-17.  Tickets and information for Jeff Mattson’s full summer schedule is available here, and check out the full lineup and pick up single-day, 2-day, and VIP packages for the Pisgah Jubilee right here.  See you this summer!

Are You Ready for Jeff Mattson at Red Rocks? 

Be there when Jeff Mattson and Dark Star Orchestra® take to the mountain for his return to Red Rocks, Sunday September 8.  This time around Jeff and DSO are celebrating the Grateful Dead’s Red Rocks anniversary of 9/8/83 with special guests (electric) Hot Tuna.  A limited number of Good Lovin’ VIP packages are still available for purchase, or you can upgrade your existing ticket for early entry, a Q&A session with members of DSO, a signed Limited Edition Event Poster, and more.  Coming up for the weekend but haven’t grabbed tickets yet?  Lock down a 3-day pass that includes warm up shows September 6-7 at the Boulder Theater while you still can.  All remaining tickets for the Boulder Theater/Red Rocks run including Reserved ADA, Good Lovin’ VIP, and 3-day packs are available now at darkstarorchestra.net as well as all other Jeff Mattson and DSO Summer Tour nights between now and then.  See you on the mountain!

Last Chance to Save on Dark Star Jubilee and Jeff Mattson & Friends 

The next chance to see Jeff Mattson & Friends is Memorial Day Weekend at the Dark Star Jubilee and you’ll want to grab your tickets between now and Monday, May 6 at 11pm to save $35 off GA and $50 off VIP over the gate price.  Your passes for these three days of DSO fun, May 24-26 at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH come standard with three full two-set DSO shows and one from Jeff Mattson & Friends, plus Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, Midnight North, The Nth Power, Cris Jacobs Band, The Mighty Pines, Dino English & the Progfusionals, and The Sweet Lillies.  Now’s the time, head over to the Dark Star Jubilee website now for tickets and lineup information, and we’ll see you at the Jubilee!

DSO @ The Zoo Added to Summer Tour 

Jeff Mattson is excited to join Dark Star Orchestra® when they return to the Minnesota Zoo, July 2 as part of Summer Tour 2019.  This evening with DSO happens at the Weesner Family Amphitheater within the Minnesota Zoo as part of their Music in the Zoo series.  All ticket levels for this Minneapolis date are on-sale now at venue outlets, and don’t wait as this lovely evening always fills to the brim.  DSO’s fun-filled Summer Tour kicks off Friday, June 28 in Knoxville, TN, and we’ll see you there, at the Zoo, and everywhere else in between!

Jeff Mattson & Friends Jubilee Set Time Is Here! 

Dark Star Orchestra® has shared set times for every day of the 8th Annual Dark Star Jubilee taking place May 24-26 at lovely Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, and you’ll find Jeff Mattson & Friends in the Sunday sweet spot!  The entire schedule is below: 

Friday, May 24: 

4:30pm - 5:30pm - The Nth Power 

6:00pm - 7:30pm - The Marcus King Band 

8:00pm - 12:00am - Dark Star Orchestra 

12:30am - 2:00am - The Lil Smokies 

Saturday, May 25: 

12:00pm - 1:10pm - Dino English & the Progfusionals 

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Midnight North 

2:50pm - 3:50pm - Cris Jacobs Band 

4:15pm - 5:30pm - Donna The Buffalo 

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Chris Robinson Brotherhood 

8:00pm - 12:00am - Dark Star Orchestra 

12:30am - 2:00am - Billy Strings 

Sunday, May 26: 

12:00pm - 12:45pm - The Sweet Lillies 

1:00pm - 2:00pm - The Mighty Pines 

2:20pm - 3:45pm - Jeff Mattson & Friends 

4:15pm - 5:30pm - Dumpstaphunk 

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Leftover Salmon 

8:00pm - 12:00am - Dark Star Orchestra 

There’s still time to save on the gate price for all ticket levels if you grab them now.  See you at the Jubilee!

Catch DSO at Milwaukee Summerfest! 

Jeff Mattson is thrilled to announce Dark Star Orchestra’s return to Milwaukee’s fantastic Summerfest on 
July 6 as part of the Midwest swing of DSO Summer Tour 2019. The band has always enjoyed 
performing alongside Summerfest’s wide variety of top-notch talent, and expect nothing less from this 
year. The festival runs June 26-30 & July 2-7, line-up information as well as festival passes and 
individual day tickets are available now  right here and at venue outlets. And don’t forget to the check out 
the rest of Jeff’s tour dates here. See you at Summerfest!


Spring Tour is On! 

Spring has sprung at Dark Star Orchestra®, Jeff Mattson is on the road again!  Join Jeff this weekend in St. Augustine, and Pompano Beach, FL where he’ll recreate 9/11/82 from the West Palm Beach Auditorium.  Hang out next week with him in Orlando, Tallahassee, and Charleston, then be with him next weekend, April 5-6 for two nights in Atlanta, and a Sunday Funday April 7 in Birmingham, AL.  After that it’s Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, then Wilmington, NC on April 14.  Head over to the Dark Star Orchestra Tour Dates page now for DSO Fan Club Tickets, and be sure to pop by the Merch table and the new DSO Webstore to check out what’s fresh-baked for Spring.  See you soon!

DSO Spring Tour Almost Here  

Jeff Mattson is ready to welcome Spring with Dark Star Orchestra® this Thursday, March 28 in St. Petersburg, FL.  This tour spends five nights in the Sunshine State with stops in St. Augustine, and Pompano Beach March 30 where we’ll recreate 9/11/82 from the West Palm Beach Auditorium, the off to Orlando and Tallahassee.  The following week finds Jeff in Charleston, SC on April 4, Atlanta for a pair April 5-6, and a Birmingham Sunday, April 7.  Jeff returns to Nashville on April 9, then he’ll cover North Carolina end-to-end stopping in Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh before wrapping up in Wilmington, Sunday April 14.  Snap up those tickets now and we’ll see you down South next week.  Happy Spring!