Photos: Dark Star’s Jamaican Jam In The Sand IV


Images by: Suzy Perler

Dark Star’s Jamaican Jam In The Sand IV :: 1.19 – 23.16 :: Jewel Paradise Cove :: Runaway Bay, Jamaica ::

Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra hosted the fourth installment of Jam In The Sand January 19 – 23 at Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. In addition to four DSO performances, attendees were treated to sets from Steve Kimock’s tribute to Jerry Garcia, featuring Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Reed Mathis, Leslie Mendelson and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz as well as Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band. DSO’s opening performance saw the band utilize the same setlist the Dead did on July 18, 1976 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre, while the other shows featured elective setlists. The band was joined by Chimenti, Kimock and Lane for “Bird Song” and “Hand Jive” as well as Lane and Mathis for “Drums” on January 21. Friday’s finale saw Lebo contribute to “Cumberland Blues,” Mendelson on vocals for “It Must Have Been The Roses,” Jennifer Markard duet on “I’ll Be With Thee” and Mathis handle bass duties on “It Hurts Me Too.” Check out Suzy Perler’s photos from Jam In The Sand:


January 19

Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Cassidy, Row Jimmy, Mama Tried, Scarlet Begonias, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, New Minglewood Blues, Loser, The Music Never Stopped

Set Two: Might As Well, Samson And Delilah, Candyman, Lazy Lightnin’ > Supplication > Let It Grow > Drums > Let It Grow > Wharf Rat > Space Jam > The Other One > Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Saint Stephen > The Wheel > The Other One > Stella Blue > Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Johnny B. Goode

January 20

Set One: Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Ramble On Rose, Mister Charlie, Dire Wolf > rain delay

Set Two: China Cat Sunflower > (Feeling Groovy jam) > I Know You Rider, Box Of Rain, Sunrise, Eyes Of The World > Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance > Mission In The Rain > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

Encore: Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)

January 21

Set One: Shakedown Street, Greatest Story Ever Told, Brown-Eyed Women, Me And My Uncle > Big River, Keep On Growing, Loose Lucy, You Ain’t Women Enough, When I Paint My Masterpiece, *Bird Song

Set Two: Good Lovin’ (old school) Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower > **drums > space > Unbroken Chain > Black Peter > *Hand Jive

*with Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Jay Lane
** Jay Lane and Reed Mathis

January 22

Set One: Jack Straw > Jack-A-Roe, Black Throated Wind, *Cumberland Blues, **It Must Have Been The Roses, Just Like Tom Thumb Blues, Hard To Handle, ***I’ll Be With Thee, Casey Jones

Set Two: Alligator, ****It Hurts Me Too, Uncle John’s Band > Playing In The Band > Dark Star > drums > space > Dark Star Morning Dew > Turn On Your Lovelight

Encore: Ripple

*Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz on guitar
**Leslie Mendelson on lead vocal
***Jennifer Markard duet with Lisa
**** Reed Mathis on bass

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