Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
Dark Star Orchestra
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Dark Star Orchestra
Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these 7 fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.
Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It's about a sense of familiarity. It's about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It's about thta contagious energy... in short, it's about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.
"For us it's a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years," rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rob Eaton explains. "We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they've been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live."
"…I can close my eyes and go back 30 years and have it be every bit as rewarding and satisfying.
Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead."
Dan Healy, Grateful Dead sound engineer 1966 -1994
"Channeling the Dead"
"Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just
exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead."
Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, Grateful Dead vocalist 1972 – 1979
“The Dark Star Orchestra re-creates Grateful Dead shows
with a flashback-inducing meticulousness.”
The New Yorker
"Fanatical attention to detail."
"In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did..."
$25.00 - $30.00
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Care for dinner and a show? World Cafe Live at the Queen offers many delicious dining options for your enjoyment! We accept Reservations in Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant and recommend scheduling a reservation 1½ to 2 hours before the show start time. Simply visit OpenTable or call or visit our box office to make your reservation. Downstairs Live offers a full service bar and a specialized food menu at most shows. For more information, please read the Restaurant Info here.