Dark Star Orchestra Recreates Grateful Dead 1970 Valentine’s Show With Jerry Garcia’s Guitar


Dark Star Orchestra recreated the Grateful Dead’s 1970 Valentine’s Day concert at the Fillmore East in New York City during DSO’s show at the legendary Warfield in San Francisco. Jeff Mattson and keyboardist Rob Barraco of DSO played Jerry Garcia’s acoustic guitar.

“Cold Rain And Snow” kicked off the first set followed by Dark Star’s titular number. The classic pairing of “St. Stephen” and “The Eleven” came ahead of “Turn On Your Love Light” to close out the short first set. The second set had even fewer songs: “Casey Jones,” “Mama Tried” and “Hard To Handle.” But that was the exact format the Dead played it in. The band was saving it up for the acoustic set.

“The Monkey And The Engineer” kicked things off in an acoustic set — in which Mattson played Jerry’s Martin D28 acoustic guitar on loan from Andy Logan — followed by “Dark Hollow” and “Been All Around This World.” “Wake Up Little Susie” came ahead of “Black Peter,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Katie Mae,” which saw keyboardist Barraco shouldering Jerry’s Martin on “Katie Mae” to close the acoustic portion.

The Martha and the Vandellas Motown classic “Dancing In The Streets” kicked the electric set off followed by a continuous section of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider,” “High Time,” “Dire Wolf” and “Alligator.” “Drums,” “Not Fade Away” and the rarities “Mason’s Children” and “Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) came next. “We Bid You Good Night” would close out the set. Dark Star Orchestra would come back out for an encore of the ‘60s classic “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).”

Check out video of the show captured by Ted Silverman below:

Been All Around This World

Monkey And The Engineer

Dark Hollow

Katie Mae


Dark Star

Turn On Your Love Light

Casey Jones


Dark Star Orchestra at The Warfield

Set 1
  • Cold Rain and Snow  
  • Dark Star  
  • St. Stephen  
  • The Eleven  
  • Turn On Your Love Light  
Set 2
  • Casey Jones  
  • Mama Tried  
  • Hard to Handle  
Set 3 (acoustic)
  • The Monkey and the Engineer  
  • Dark Hollow  
  • Been All Around This World  
  • Wake Up Little Susie  
  • Black Peter  
  • Uncle John's Band  
  • Katie Mae  
  • Dancing in the Street  
  • China Cat Sunflower  
  • I Know You Rider  
  • High Time  
  • Dire Wolf  
  • Alligator  
  • Drums  
  • Me and My Uncle  
  • Not Fade Away  
  • Mason's Children  
  • Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)  
  • Feedback  
  • And We Bid You Goodnight  
  • The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
  • Grateful Dead