DeadPhish Orchestra - Celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead & Phish

DeadPhish Orchestra - Celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead & Phish

The Deadphish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played music together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene.

While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens.

The guys in DPO have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles. Set lists end up with segues that look like Divided Sky > Morning Dew > Divided Sky, or Help > Slip > Frankenstein. Or how about Mike’s Song > Stella Blue > Weekapaug Groove. Or even stranger, like My Friend, My Friend of the Devil…or It Must Have Been The Roses Are Free. You can see that between the vast repertoires of the two bands, the possibilities are endless.

It’s just about as much fun as humans are allowed to have.

Billy Bauer Band

Bethlehem, PA-based acoustic rockers Billy Bauer Band combine the musicality and groove of
contemporary jam bands with the storytelling and accessibility of heartland rock. Fronted by singer-
songwriter Billy Bauer and accented by the other-worldly tones of electric violinist Chris Lorenzetti, the
band rounds out its lineup with Drew Somers (drums) and Steve Zalalas (bass), who combine to create a
captivating sound that has earned the band noteworthy gigs at high-profile venues and festivals across
the nation. These include CMJ Music Marathon (New York, NY), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), ArtsFest
(State College, PA), Coca-Cola Park (Allentown, PA), Bryce Jordan Center (State College, PA), The Bitter
End (New York, NY), The Living Room (New York, NY), The Listening Room (Nashville, TN), The Rave
(Milwaukee, WI), and Levitt Pavilion (Bethlehem, PA).
Since its formation in 2006, Billy Bauer Band has opened for nationally-touring artists including Third Eye
Blind, OAR, Young the Giant, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Pete
Francis (Dispatch), and more, and has had its music featured in various formats by ESPN, Disney, Six
Flags, SuperCuts, Sam Ash Music Stores, and Radio 104.5 Philadelphia.
The band released its latest single, “So I Love,” in mid-2018. An up-tempo, yet reflective piece of
alternative rock, “So I Love” features an infectious melody, impassioned vocals, and the harmonizing
voice of Chris Lorenzetti’s electric violin to perfectly express the pain of love and loss. The song is a
tribute to Bauer’s late father, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2004.
“’So I Love’ is a song that reflects on the loss of my father. Despite time moving on, certain wounds
never heal.” Bauer notes. “But, that shouldn’t prevent a happy life. Instead, I choose love, on both the
good and bad days.”
A popular fixture of the band’s live set, “So I Love” was an easy choice for the band to record with
Tommy Joyner at MilkBoy the Studio (Philadelphia, PA) in the fall and winter of 2017.
“Musically, it’s some of the band’s best work,” Bauer said. “I love what’s going on in the bridge and how
huge the energy is.”
The release of “So I Love” was completed with help from Billy Bauer Band’s fans, who donated to the
project via GoFundMe throughout the spring of 2018. The single release features the new track, plus
three live cuts from the band’s opening slot for platinum-selling alternative rockers Third Eye Blind at
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks (Bethlehem, PA) in September 2014.

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