Latest Rob Barraco Articles
Dark Star Orchestra showed some love and recreated the Grateful Dead’s Valentine’s Day show from 1970.
Skip Vangelas of Dark Star Orchestra will play Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s famed “Mission Control” at a pair of upcoming DSO concerts.
Jeff Mattson of Dark Star Orchestra will play two guitars once owned and used by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead during a pair of shows at The Warfield in San Francisco.
Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra will focus on the Northeast ahead of Dark Star Jubilee for the second leg of their Spring Tour 2020.
Dark Star Orchestra recreated two classic Grateful Dead shows and played a pair of elective concerts as part of their Jam In The Sand 2020 destination event in Mexico last week.
Dark Star Orchestra will focus on the Southeast over the course of their 2020 spring tour.
About Rob Barraco
Rob has played music on both keyboard and guitar since the age of 6 and has been a professional musician all his adult life.
For over ten years in the 80’s and early 90’s he was keyboardist for the hit tv show “The Cosby Show” and its spin off “It’s A Different World.”
Rob toured with R&B sensation Freddie Jackson in the late 80’s before joining The Zen Tricksters.
Rob spent eleven years touring and recording with The Tricksters turning out two studio albums and playing live shows across the US and Canada. It was their second album, A Love Surreal, that caught Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s ear.
Phil summoned Rob and Trickster guitarist Jeff Mattson to play a series of shows in San Francisco and then on to tour the country double billing with Bob Dylan. That band included drummer extraordinaire John Molo, boy wiz Derrek Trucks, and the ubiquitous Warren Haynes. The following year one of the great jam bands of all time was formed with Phil, Rob, John, Warren and the guitar giant Jimmy Herring. This band would forever be known as The Q (short for The Phil Lesh Quintet). They went on to tour the country for three years and put out one studio album, There and Back Again.
From 1999 through the present, Rob has been part of Phil Lesh and Friends.
In 2002 he joined with the original members of the Grateful Dead for the Alpine Valley reunion shows and then toured with them in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004 he joined Chris Robinson’s New Earth Mud.
In 2005, he toured with Dark Star Orchestra after the tragic death of keyboardist Scott Larnerd and is still playing with them at the present time.
Tedeschi Trucks Band busted out a Cowboy cover during their acoustic set at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead dusted off a Radiohead cover and welcomed Scott Metzger’s “future wife” violinist Katie Jacoby for a Bob Dylan tune at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
Phish Riviera Maya 2020 continued in Mexico with night two featuring bust outs, impressive segues, rarities, memorable jams and more.
To celebrate Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick’s birthday, watch him lead the band on The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” from MSG in 1993.
In honor of Faces’ recent reunion, this week’s Full Show Friday features 44 glorious minutes of pro-shot video from the band’s 1973 show at Edmonton Sundown in London.