Beginning with its performance at Seattle's Showbox Wednesday, September 26, and continuing through their entire month-long fall tour, Dark Star Orchestra will contribute $1 of each ticket sold to the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation. DSO will also be providing a venue for Rex's Community Caravan, a grassroots contribution campaign encouraging people to get involved with philanthropy through a donation of $5 or more.
In the fall of 1983, friends and members of the Grateful Dead established the Rex Foundation as a non-profit charitable organization that enabled them to proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.2 million to some 1,000 recipients. The Rex Foundation mission is to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.
Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived and channeled in the live setting as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions.
"A couple of times when I had my back to John [Kadlecik] onstage and he started to sing, I had this weird sense that it was Jerry." – Bob Weir, Grateful Dead co-founder/vocalist/guitarist
"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 MacKay, Grateful Dead vocalist
Made up of Rob Barracco (multiple keyboardists), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), John Kadlecik (Jerry Garcia), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), and Kevin Rosen (Phil Lesh), Dark Star Orchestra does not try to match Grateful Dead live songs note for note. The band instead seeks the individual style for each era of its performances and offers its own interpretations and improvisations of a group also famed and loved for their interpretations and improvisation. Anything more formulaic would quickly dispel the free spirit embodied in the music.
For sound clips, photos and detailed information on the Dark Star Orchestra, please visit www.darkstarorchestra.net. Further information regarding the Rex Foundation can be found at www.rexfoundation.org.
DSO Rex Caravan Tour:
9/26 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
9/27 - Pantages Theater - Tacoma, WA
9/28 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
9/29 - Cuthbert Ampitheatre - Eugene, OR
10/1 - Arcata Community Center - Arcata, CA
10/2 - Crystal Bay Casino - Truckee, CA
10/4 - The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/5 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10/6 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10/9 - Clark Center - Arroyo Grande, CA
10/10 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
10/11 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
10/12 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
10/13 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
10/15 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
10/18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
10/19 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO
10/20 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO