Michael Kang Guests With Dark Star Orchestra In Felton

By Scott Bernstein May 10, 2021 10:52 am PDT

Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra welcomed The String Cheese Incident‘s Michael Kang to sit-in on Saturday. Kang joined DSO for “Eyes Of The World” during the group’s second of three shows at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California.

Dark Star Orchestra kicked off the weekend on Friday by replicating the Grateful Dead’s setlist from 49 years earlier at U.K.’s Bickershaw Festival. The show was DSO’s 3,000th concert.

Kang emerged towards the end of Saturday’s first set to add electric mandolin on “Eyes Of The World” as DSO went with an “elective setlist” featuring material from various GD eras as well as a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” to end the evening.

Last night’s finale saw Dark Star Orchestra use the setlist from the Grateful Dead’s May 9, 1977 show in Buffalo 44 years prior. The band said farewell with a “Ripple” filler. DSO bassist Skip Vangelas played Phil Lesh’s “Mission Control” bass throughout the weekend, while guitarist Jeff Mattson played Jerry Garcia’s “Alligator” axe.

Watch video featuring DSO and Michael Kang’s “Eyes Of The World” below:

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Setlists (via DSO Forums)

Friday, May 7

Set One: Truckin’, Sugaree, Mister Charlie, Beat It On Down The Line, He’s Gone, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind, Next Time You See Me, Playing In The Band, Tennessee Jed, Good Lovin’, Casey Jones

Set Two: Greatest Story Ever Told, Big Boss Man, Ramble On Rose, Jack Straw, Dark Star > drums > The Other One > Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Turn On Your Lovelight > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away

Encore: One More Saturday Night

Saturday, May 8

Set One: The Wheel > Feel Like A Stranger, Dire Wolf, New Minglewood Blues, Dupree’s Diamond Blues, Broken Arrow, It’s All Over Now, Keep On Growing, Eyes Of The World (w/ Michael Kang) > Tangled Up In Blue

Set Two: Saint Stephen > Morning Dew, Gimme Some Lovin’, Man Smart (Moman Smarter) > Scarlet Begonias > drums > space > Throwing Stones > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones (reprise) > Box Of Rain

Encore: White Rabbit

Sunday, May 9

Set One: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, The Music Never Stopped

Set Two: Bertha > Good Lovin’, Ship Of Fools, Estimated Prophet > The Other One > drums > Not Fade Away > Comes A Time > Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Uncle John’s Band

Filler: Ripple

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