Words by: Brian Bavosa :: Images by: Roger Gupta

Dark Star Orchestra :: 05.08.07 :: State Theatre :: Ithaca, NY

Dark Star Orchestra
This date is quite possibly the most famous and talked about in the legendary history of the omnipotent Grateful Dead. Enough so, that Ithaca's mayor, Carolyn K. Peterson, officially declared May 8, 2007 "Grateful Dead Day" within the city's limits. Fittingly, Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead re-creators, rolled into the historic State Theatre, with anticipation running wild all over northern New York.

Completely sold out, it was clear from the time we parked the car that this show would be something special. The buzz throughout the town was extremely festive, with tie-dyes abounding and the Grateful Dead playing from nearly every storefront.

As we entered the theatre right around 8 p.m., the band launched into a two-song "soundcheck" of "Dark Star" and "Ripple" followed quickly by the opening chords of "New, New Minglewood Blues." I swear the crowd was loud enough to warrant a blip on NASA's tracking satellites. The train had left the station, and there was no turning back. The full band was on hand - John Kadlecik (lead guitar and vocals), Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar and vocals), Kevin Rosen (bass and vocals), Lisa Mackey (vocals), and drummers Dino English and Rob Koritz. Add in special guest, Rob Barraco (Zen Tricksters, Phil Lesh & Friends) on keyboards, and the lines of past and present seemed blurred for the next four hours.

John Kadlecik - DSO
Other first set highlights included an extremely strong "Jack Straw" with a raucous jam segment and a "Dancin' In The Streets" that left many screams in its wake. I thought the "Dancin'" was solid, but eventually realized most of the yells were for the second set that was in store - possibly the greatest ever.

During the break, I went out back to get some air and had a super conversation with a local man who saw the original show 30 years ago, he even showed me the original ticket stub he had in his pocket. Like Indiana Jones, I felt as if I was holding the Holy Grail. My feet were firmly planted in a town that took almost as much pride in the Dead phenomena as their SF Bay Area hometown.

The band remerged for an opening combo of "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain" that got the entire crowd locked-in on the same wavelength. Somewhere in the segue between songs, the theatre seemed to leave reality. The sandwich of "St. Stephen" > "Not Fade Away" > "St. Stephen" married the transcendent with infectious drumming, a good sign this music is alive and well after 30 years. The set closing "Morning Dew" was my personal highlight - a communion of delicate power and thunderous shredding by Kadlecik had me about to blow a gasket.

Dark Star Orchestra
The "One More Saturday Night" encore made me forget that it was Tuesday and work in New York City lay ahead the next morning after a four-hour drive home. As if that wasn't enough, "Terrapin Station," and "Good Lovin'" rounded out DSO's daring, and extremely impressive attempt at recreating the impossible.

One of the main reasons Deadheads, Phish fans, and fans of music in general, continue to see the same band again and again is the ritual, the act of communion. For all of the mundane and mediocre moments that one may experience, these are the ones that make us aware of the truly extraordinary potential surrounding us. May 8 was a very successful attempt to recapture the glimpses of an epiphany many felt three decades ago and help create a new one for today's listeners.

Images from: 2.11.07 | Greensboro, NC


05.08.07 | The State Theater | Ithaca, NY
Performing 05.08.77 | Barton Hall | Cornell U, Ithaca, NY

Soundcheck: Dark Star, Ripple
Set 1: Minglewood, Loser, El Paso, TLEO, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning> Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin
Set 2: Scarlet> Fire, Estimated, St. Stephen > NFA > St. Stephen> Morning Dew
Encore: Saturday Night
Filler: Terrapin > Good Lovin'

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jamarama starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/31/2007 07:45PM
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"One of the main reasons Deadheads, Phish fans, and fans of music in general, continue to see the same band again and again is the ritual, the act of communion. For all of the mundane and mediocre moments that one may experience, these are the ones that make us aware of the truly extraordinary potential surrounding us."

excellent quote

Relevant starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/31/2007 09:42PM
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Amen to that!!!!!!!!!

therightguy Thu 5/31/2007 10:08PM
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WILBUR!!! starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/31/2007 11:14PM
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sounds like a great time...

and yes jamaramma, that comment is fantastic. :medal

DiggityDawg starstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 12:56AM
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therightguy is the wrongguy and dare I say a douchebag taboot. Your useless foder obviously gives merit to your true lack of understanding and relevance.

therightguy Fri 6/1/2007 01:18AM
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therightguy>>>>>>useless foder obviously gives merit to your true lack of understanding and relevance. Yeah!!!! douche bag!!

speedlimit starstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 06:28AM
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Grate show no where near the holy grail though.

torn&treyed Fri 6/1/2007 07:46AM
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hmmm it would be weird walking into even a dso show where u might be able to figure it out from the get go but even weirder to know what they're gonna play on your way to the show.... not bad just weird

nikolaivaluev Fri 6/1/2007 08:13AM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 09:21AM
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you know. for young kids that never got the the chance to see grateful dead, DSO is not sacraligious. It would be so, if they sayy... turned dead songs into RAP!!!
I support DSO, when I cant hear the real thing anymore, its a nice alternative for me to get my fix of dead music.
also, don't you think bobby or phil would be the AUTHORITIES on this subject? don't you think they would raise hell, if it was such a horrible idea? Hmmmm?

Maestro starstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 09:41AM
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miles..I can actually say that this is the first time we have ever agreed on anything on Jambase...maybe more to come? Cheers.

jam said it up top, and that quote is perfect.

For all the DSO haters, go cry somewhere else. Music touches people in alot of different ways. For the FEW people who think they suck or are just ripping off a legacy...cool, I'm glad I'll never see you at a show becasue the MAJORITY of us out there love to hear an amazing RE: creation of something beautiful.


*theright, I see you're still the biggest cumrag this site has ever seen...congrats*

O1Roggae Fri 6/1/2007 09:46AM
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u said it rite there, DSO are helping keep the vibes alive and well. Rob Eaton reminds me of bobby so much, i mean the whole band does a great job of recreating the dead. I give DSO a lot of respect and hope to see them again, because every time i have seen them i have been satisfied

sunnbear starstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 09:52AM
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therightguy is off his meds again!

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 10:19AM
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phishr82 starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 10:36AM
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DSO is fun, thats all its supposed to be. it's fun to listen to old tapes, and its fun to go these see guys once in a while...btw the phish version is phix, never seen em, but theyre done after this summer i think

Tan starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 12:26PM
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DSO does not really do it for me, but this author sure does. For those that don't know - a Bavosa Mimosa has rainbow sherbet.

5 stars for the last line.

Armedaneian starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 12:51PM
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therightguy is that drunk redneck you get stuck next to at a show. Oh yeah, great article. It made me wish I was there. It's all for fun, re-creation or not

dantron7 starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 01:06PM
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DOS is sweet, they do what they do. and they do it the best. all i have to say is go on jam cruise this year and see what they play in the jam room. they will be playing alot more than dead tunes on that boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if u ever been too jam cruise u know what i mean!!

Detroit Funk Fri 6/1/2007 01:52PM
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Detroit Funk

HOPEFULPHAN, you missed them... PHIX is breaking up. I saw them when I was in NYC on 4/21 at BB Kings. they definitly put on a good show. Not Phish, but closest thing you'll see right now. except they came out with a lovin' cup encore :-(

mgizmo starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/1/2007 05:13PM
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I guess I like the Lowest Common Denominator humor because therightguy made me laugh. It's even funnier that people are bothered by him.

DSO is great and its alright by me if there is still enough room to dance at the shows...

therightguy Fri 6/1/2007 10:15PM
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therightguy Fri 6/1/2007 10:19PM
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travpf Sat 6/2/2007 05:27AM
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thrightguy - go listen to your Sesame Street and Barney records and get off this site then - why do you visit this site? stay out of here, it's real simple dont let your fat sausage link fingers type in the web address and keep your pimple faced worlds of warcraft game playing self right where you belong far away from all of us here. This is not a forum for you condemn people and go off on these IGNORANT tyrants about people you don't even know.

If you can find your way to Ithaca there are a lot of large gorges and falls - pick the highest one and JUMP THE F*** OFF HEAD FIRST.

Rickymullet Sat 6/2/2007 07:25AM
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kaiserbun Sat 6/2/2007 07:56AM
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what's a reptillian trashbag?
posts like that are the only time i don't enjoy reading these things. i can't even laugh at that one its so ridiculous.

EVILFUNK Sat 6/2/2007 10:35AM
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jesuschristo Sat 6/2/2007 09:04PM
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krizaster Sun 6/3/2007 05:42PM
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Wow Evilfunk, you are too cool!

torn&treyed Mon 6/4/2007 08:24AM
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As an a answer to a question b4 there is a new band made up of guys from one or two local "JAM BANDS" called the weekapuag orchestra in the d.c maryland area. Havent caught them yet but we will have to see....

ReddyCaptain starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/4/2007 11:38AM
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you can watch a video of this show here:


(click archived shows tab. must sign up first. sign up is free) the show is also on archive.org and the soundboards will be for sale this year.

johncandy Mon 6/4/2007 12:31PM
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Haters wanna hate. Lovers wanna love. I don't want none of the above. I want to piss on therightguy!

blower starstarstarstar Mon 6/4/2007 02:25PM
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Classic Evil Funk- Funny shit, but I am not sure you made your point. If your women is really that good and nasty in the sack and the next best thing was to pay some actress to do the dirty in that special way then hell yes you should buy an actress. Although I don't think she would be an actress.

kirkbrew Mon 6/4/2007 03:49PM
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No matter what way you add it up, DSO are a cover band. If you dig cover bands, they are probably the best. But in the end – just a cover band.
Go out and catch an ORIGINAL live band. Some one who creates and presents their own material. Not just the verbatim regurgitation of a 30 year old show. At least that is my thing. If you want to see a bunch of guys rehash someone else’s work, then have fun.

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/4/2007 11:12PM
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all the haters can eay my ass! this show was amazing, none of you hating assholes have the ability to hear!!!!

Ickis' Dad starstarstar Tue 6/5/2007 05:59AM
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Ickis' Dad

I think the right guy is hilarious! rdrr.... He just pushes a button and bam.... you guys react!

Music is subjective

CeilingFan247 Tue 6/5/2007 06:33AM
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I don't know if this has been brought up... but members of the original Grateful Dead has played with them, so the whole sacreligious thing is out of the question. Even the Grateful Dead respects DSO.
They put on great shows, so there it is. and if you have a problem with this website then don't come on here to piss people off. This scene is for positive people.
Is that guy like 15 or something?... grow up.

CeilingFan247 Tue 6/5/2007 09:59AM
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Re: to an earlier post up there... for HOPEFULPHAN.... check out Helping Phriendly Band, I saw them a couple years ago at Wakarusa, I think they still play. Good phish covers

O1Roggae Tue 6/5/2007 12:29PM
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Phil Lesh played an epic show sunday night at MJ heres the setlists Set 1: Shakedown Street > Friend of the Devil > Althea, Low Spark of High Healed Boys, New Speedway Boogie, Mason's Children, Candyman, Scarlet Begonias > Eyes of the World > Fire on the Mountain

Set 2: Unbroken Chain, Dark Star > Mountains of the Moon > Dark Star > Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Lovelight, E: Not Fade Away

torn&treyed Tue 6/5/2007 12:30PM
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heard phil thinks they are lame but bobby loves it

O1Roggae Tue 6/5/2007 12:33PM
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if anyone bitches about how Phil Lesh sings and plays they have to realize he is 67. I am just sick of people raggin on phil because I think he is still amazing and I hope by next year he'll do some shows down south or midwest

blower starstarstarstar Tue 6/5/2007 01:55PM
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O1Roggae-watched it via web and I am listening to the Sunday show now. Absolutley sick!! Warren and Scofield= the heat!!!! On the fucking money!! Probably the best Phil and Friends show I have heard yet. It is seriously worth the download.

jamrad Tue 6/5/2007 03:04PM
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you all need to get over what the other guy is typing and think for yourself. it's all about the music,isn't it?

martysink Tue 6/5/2007 03:36PM
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just want to say at this point in time-DSO blows ratdog and phil out of the water-no surprise phil hates them-they are so much more talented than he is-yeah-I know he's 67 but he couldn't sing at 21-why start now?besides when he sings a song while joan osborne and rob barracoa are on the stage-it's clear his ego is too big for rock and roll-TIME TO RETIRE-DSO live on!!!

Deadheadrt starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/5/2007 05:54PM
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DSO does not blow PL&F or ratdog out of the water....that is the shittiest statement i've ever heard. i love dso but you can't even compare them because dso is a tribute band, they didn't make or influence the creation of the music, the soul of the grateful dead is in ratdog/pl something that dso doesn't have...and phil can sing all he wants its his own god damn band

kewl Tue 6/5/2007 06:36PM
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hey martysink your a tool dso does not blow phil or ratdog out of the water id rather go see bobby or phil anyday even if i had to drive 5 hours and dso was playin 10 min away dso does reinactments of the real thing philn friends make the real thing and so do ratdog my friend put down that crack stem

blower starstarstarstar Wed 6/6/2007 09:46AM
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Phil may not be the best singer, but only a fool could listen to a show like the one at mountain jam and claim that DSO has more talent than Phil and Freinds. Especially with Warren and Scofield at the helm. Nothing against DSO, they have skills, but they are simply a cover band.

I miss Jerry!! Haynes and Scofield are couple of the best guitarists anywhere and they still can't really compare to the real thing when it comes to Dead tunes. DSO does not even come close.

kewl Wed 6/6/2007 03:21PM
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phil did rip it sunday opened with shakedown fuckin sick blower ur right phil isn't the best singer but i dont mind him singing i think its pretty kew best lesh show ever.....

torn&treyed Thu 6/7/2007 07:10AM
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I heard the recent show and it rocked, I miss warren + jimmy + barraco + molo that was the easily the best post GD music side project whatever. Its true no ifs ands or buts about it. they ruled, phil needs to get that lineup back together somehow some way.

jokerjoe23 Thu 6/7/2007 08:51AM
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Hey-zeuz Crease-toe!!!

PCPrabbit Fri 6/8/2007 08:15AM
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ahaha, therightguy is hilarious. a comment like that doesnt even upset me in the slightest. maybe i should spend my time putting comments on sites i dont like too?

history Sat 6/23/2007 12:23PM
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what is this all about. IT's MUSIC PEOPLE. its suppose to make u feel good. if it doesnt change the station or dont buy the ticket. DSO is a great band, and im glad for them because theres alot of young cats who LOVE the DEAD but were never able to see them. Im so glad their around because its the closet thing ill ever get to feeling jerry live. n
way this was the greatest set that i got of the grateful dead. every song is a banger and Morning dew is the best i ever heard. MIND BLOWING> THANKS DSO

history starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/23/2007 12:24PM
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EVILFUNK star Sun 7/8/2007 12:20PM
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no way...deadheadrt~ DSO play the GD's songs "to perfection*"...we all know that the GD were and are all about perfection! perfection rules...rules like a well airbrushed picture of my pimply bottom....or a walk through Epcot Ctr >> (Europe without all of those people talking funny everywhere)

*(anyone see Phils comments about this on Uncle Johns webite?)

brooks5 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/12/2007 01:19PM
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anyone going to Stone Pony sat?