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  1. 14 points
    The whole band received this this morning At 80 I was probably the oldest one in the audience so maybe my comments will be dismissed. But I've had many years listening to the Dead and for the past few years listening to you guys. I've always been impressed with your shows but Monday's show hit another level. Had that have been the Dead who performed it, it would have been treasured as one of the classics. I am still on a high. Thanks for an incredible evening and thanks to the crew for an impeccable set list. What way to keep this music alive and to honor the memory of those who first got on the bus. God Bless you all. Lou Ruprecht;-))
  2. 12 points
    Hey Now! I was one of the tapers at this year's event and I recorded all of the DSO sets, Green Leaf Rustlers, and The Wailers. It will take a little time to be able to have them all available to you all, but I can tell you the wait will be worth it. I am finally meeting with a friend on February 11 who will walk me through the steps as to how to put them all online. I have listened to my recordings, and I believe that you all will be happy with the results.
  3. 11 points
    Hello All, I have finally worked hard enough to be current with our DSO live downloads. As you all know I only do Original set lists with the exception of big shows. I don't have the time to do them all but I feel very strongly personally that it's our original set lists where we are at our best (sometimes our worst) but it's the not knowing or not having a way to do something that I think is more fulfilling. I can just play as I feel and that to me is what it's all about. At any rate here are 18 shows going back to the May tour finishing in Black Mountain that I hope you will all enjoy. They are not always perfect but quite frankly who is.. Betty is my inspiration!!!! Peace Rob Eaton Here is a list of the shows avail now on Nugs: 5/10/18 Boston 5/11/18 Port Chester 5/14/18 Princeton 5/18/18 Westbury 5/25/18 Jubilee 5/26/18 Jubilee 5/27/18 Jubilee 5/27/18 DSO W/Melvin Seals Jubilee 6/22/18 San Diego 6/24/18 Carmel by the Sea 6/29/18 Berkeley 7/27/18 Hampton Beach 8/2/18 Buffalo 8/3/18 Rochester 8/8/18 Ridgefield 8/10/18 Coney Island 8/13/18 Dewey Beach 8/18/18 Black Mountain
  4. 11 points
    I’m proud of you all too! One thing I can say about my mates and crew, it doesnt matter the size of the venue or how many people attend. We are ALWAYS in search of the magic. Pure and simple. Thanks to all of you for coming and freely freeking. more to come;-) RB
  5. 11 points
    You know the night is epic when you pull up to Taco Bell after the show and they start with welcome to Pizza Hut may I take your order. We eventually even got a welcome to good burger home of the good burger reference. Wow I could say a whole lot. I could say nothing at all. It really doesn’t matter. The magic of last night still radiates the core of my soul. I dont want to sound patronizing but I couldn’t be more proud of my band of our band. Just selling the place out was an achievement in itself but the music was beyond compare. The way you could feel estimated swirl around the Amphitheatre. The bounce of eyes flow through each row up and around the venue back down to the band. For the first time in awhile, I even feel the urge to spill my heart and bare my soul but alas I grew past that. I bore my soul here for myself so I could see it and experience my own growth but now my soul is bare where it needs to be. Im gonna be Dad in December.
  6. 10 points
    Although I am in possession of tickets for 8 DSO shows in 2019 none have yet to occur. Since my first DSO show was 1/22/99 my next show...(Nashville) will mark 20 years. The music, the band, the peeps, the road...if I told you all that went down... Thank You Dark Star Orchestra
  7. 10 points
    So the thing is... Every year, some time after Thanksgiving, Good ol' Granny would settle into her cabin in the woods and pull out her sewing supplies. Weeks she would spend in her rocking chair, slowly stitching away with needle and thread. It was never fully understood how stitching away on her scraps of fabric affected her,,but many unusual expressions were witnessed by family members during the winter season. While working her art, Granny was scene at times laughing, crying, content at times, a bit confused at times...even spotted a few times in an ecstatic state with her sewing supplies off to the side and up out of her chair with hands in the air and a grin from ear to ear.... Why,,ol' Uncle John even swears he witnessed a question mark float off of the top of her head and gradually disappear into the ethers up around the ceiling. The line between sanity and madness seemed a bit obscured at times with Granny,,but it didn't seem to matter because her sewing project would keep her grounded and focused throughout the winter season... After spending the year gathering scraps of old cloth, worn out clothing, and special pieces of fabric from her monthly trips into town,,Granny always appeared to be giddy with anticipation to create her winter art piece... Come Imbolc, in early February, half way between winter solstice and spring equinox, Granny would pull together the family for what was clearly her favorite celebration of the year...the birth of spring. Each year after an abundant and noirishing meal together the entire family would slip into an evening of laughter, libations, play, and music. With ol' Uncle John ripping away on his fiddle.,,the time would finally come for Granny to offer her winter creation. Out of the back room she would come,,beaming, with the brightest of smiles... With all the family focused on her in awe and appreciation she would unfold and present the most beautiful quilt that eyes have ever seen...full of color, integrity and beauty....Tears of joy would be shed by all who were present, including Granny herself as the quilt was passed around and admired by all... That quilt...was this show...full of soul, color, time and timelessness, sadness, joy, beauty and meaning... 2/11/19 DSO,Eugene, Oregon,,, Thank you kindly...
  8. 10 points
    Well when I found that reel the only part of the reel box I could read was “Santa Barbara”. The rest of the box was so water damaged that nothing was recognizable at all. After resorting the tape I was finally able to put it on the tape deck. It was indeed reel #4 of the missing 2/27 show. I never thought I’d see these tapes and after realizing the amount of damage they had gone through it’s my feeling that the other reels from this show simply got tossed out. If I can figure out how to post a photo of the box I will... peace rob
  9. 10 points
    This was our first DSO show and my wife and I, both GD veterans, were quite blown away with the quality of the experience. The curfew thing was a bit of a bummer but the band handled it really well. The Morning Dew in the second set crushed! We ended up wandering into a bar in Ojai with a great live band and "the music never stopped." We are new converts to DSO and are heading to one of the Berkeley shows!
  10. 10 points
    This was the best years of my life funwise, so I wanted to throw out a post. I got to see 37 DSO shows(41 in last 12 months), 5 Deadco, 1 JGB show and 1 Stu Allen with rob b and both Dso drummers in Berkeley. Saw DSO in 16 different states!!! Had the time of my life. Did my 1st west coast run of any type ever. Flew to Colorado twice. The gf got 25 Dso and 5 deadco and she’s become a full blown deadhead which I’m very proud of and it makes shit a helluva lot easier. I had 5 round trip flights covering around 10k miles and drive prob another 10k, got to do jazz fest, do the 1st Dso legal weed tour for 2 weeks in February which was very surreal. I think only 1 show on their winter tour wasn’t a legal weed state. I made many more lifelong friends and my mind is filled with so many funny and fantastic memories from this year. I can’t count how many times I’ve cried laughing on tour this year. Luckily the gf is a picture taker so we can look back at the good times and solidify those memories in our mind, as I’m bad about that(took 4 pics last weekend and all were of the anthem). Next year won’t be as big, but I’ll cherish the memories of this year the rest of my life. Love you all!!
  11. 9 points
    I've been digesting the new Dave's release, the famous '77 San Bernadino show. The Terrapin opener, put into the context of history, has to be in the running for the most powerful show opener in GD history. This is the first show of 1977, and the band had spent the past weeks in the studio working up material for their next album. This turns the Terrapin bustout on its head; typically they would season a song in live performances prior to taking it into the studio, but in this instance they unveiled what is arguably their magnum opus in fully polished form in front of what must have been 7,500 slack-jawed Heads. Minds were undoubtedly boggled. I recall first getting the Betty board in the late 80s and being dumbfounded at (a) how good it sounded, and (b) how that Terrapin could have been unleashed like that, out of nowhere, to open the show. There's only room for so much sonic improvement with this release, but it does indeed sound great. The filler, however, is another story. It's reel 5 of 5, the only one that survives, of the next night at Robertson Gym on UC Santa Barbara's campus. And it contains Morning Dew, which for the 1st time can be experienced via Betty's handiwork. No board whatsoever had previously circulated, leaving Rob Bertrando's audience recording as the reference source. I think of it as the "lost '77 Dew." Post hiatus, Morning Dew had been played twice in the Fall '76 tour and again NYE '76. But it was the '77 versions where it really spread its wings. There are 5 Dews in '77, 3 of which are very well known (interestingly, all 5 of these Dews, with the exception of Barton Hall, come out of Terrapin). The '77 Dews: 5-8 Ithaca of course goes without saying, 5-22 Pembroke Pines was released on a Dick's Picks and is part of the famous Garcia 4 pack (Eyes>Rat>Terrapin>Dew) to close the show. 6-7 is part of a 3 night Winterland box set. While 4-47 Passiac is less well known, it's been circulating on a decent board source for decades (it's somewhat truncated vs the others, but Jerry cheats no one on the final flourish). That leaves 2-27 Santa Barbara. Having turned off the lights and opened up the big stereo last night, essentially experiencing it for the first time, I'm convinced this reading is up there with any of them. It's plenty drawn out, quiet when it needs to be, manic when it needs to be, and features lots of great Garcia/Lesh interplay. Wow! A couple footnotes...the Swing Auditorium was hit by a twin engine Cessna in 1981, killing both people aboard the plane and putting a hole in the arena's roof. Couple that with the damage from the subsequent fire, and the place was torn down. There's a newspaper article on the show included in the release which is very positive, noting that the Dead were far from done and had established a unique place in rock history. It touted the fact they weren't resting on their laurels and were debuting new material, including the song "Estimated Property". I got a kick out of that.
  12. 9 points
    I beautifully entered a space devoid of thought on 3 of 4 nights. My own story and my own world evaporated as I slowly became part of the song itself. I was William O and I was dire wolf. I was high stepping into town on a day break on the lamb but while the music was playing my ego my self was gone. I just danced. Maybe the best I ever have. Once the music stopped it was hard not to let the ego inflate. Even my lady who usually knows better to say a word was mesmerized. I had mastered sand. I saw patterns in the sand that no one else could see. Only a few degrees short of true full throttle I twisted every which way in the sand. Except for night 1, where I mostly stumbled and slid and did the best I could to look graceful, the other 3 nights I stopped slipping. Night 2 I felt like I was able to move almost in 4 dimensions. The dance definitely become more 3 dimensional than its ever been. Dso was that good. I mean just firing on every song. I could not have achieved neither the mental clarity nor the physical ability without such gorgeous music. I have more to say. So much can be said for the beauty of this trip outside the music but I figured I’d get this up while it was still fresh.
  13. 9 points
    Early 79 show. Big Samson and Dancing 2nd set. Epic epic fun. Dark star broke down mystery train encore. This was sick shit man. I mean serious get down groove. Beautiful day and night.
  14. 9 points
    Certainly original recipe::: Alabama > Dancin Dire wolf Keep on growin B e women Sailor> Saint > Deal Happy bday, lisa Box Sunrise (dedicated to matt reynolds) Cryptical> Drumz> Other one> Cryptical Easy wind > Bird song > After midnight Midnight hour> EYES > Estimated > Terrapin > Help > Slip > Wharf rat > Lovelight (RB w/ box back nitties!) White rabbit
  15. 9 points
    Every time there is an increase in new registrations (800% this month). Soon there are a bunch of ridiculous and often hateful posts. I know that some are legitimate fans and/or folks interested in DSO and the music of the Grateful Dead. Please don't let this current attack give you the wrong idea. Normally this is a kind caring community. I am disgusted at the current state of the union. To the Troublemakers you are warned Ridiculous posts that babble about nothing, posts that are hateful, that have no Social or Political import WILL BE DELETED and the offender will be dealt with in a manner in which I see fit. You are welcome to run back to whatever forum you came from, call me a dictator or tyrant or whatever - it won't be the first time. I have started the Purge!
  16. 9 points
    Why is Black Peter special to me.... Listening to BP from Europe (I think) last night I commented to a friend how this is probably the best blues song ever... This song has a way of putting all that life and death is into its proper perspective. I had spent a couple /few years listening to BP multiple times a day because the lyrics and bluesey groove was my life... "all my friends came to see me last night, I was layin in my bed and dying" 48 staples closing me up and coming back to life while a priest is giving me last rights and the friends that came to see me. "Just want to have a little peace to die and a friend or 2 at hand" my mantra for two to three years of nothing but the horror of what I had become... Wanting to die but " one more day I find myself alive tomorrow maybe go beneath the ground" This was a comforting thought... See here how everything lead up to this day and it's just like any other day that's ever been. The pain of knowing the life your living will be the life you die from and having no hope it could ever be different... The people may know but the people don't care that a man can be as poor as me. Take a look at poor Peter he's lying in pain... poor in spirit and extreme physical pain but the physical was minor in comparison to the spiritual pain. Black Peter brings me back to a life I was dying by and forward to the grateful life I live today... See here how everything lead up to this day and it's just like any other day that's ever been... 😀❤️😀
  17. 9 points
    Sounds like a great year. I had my best year for seeing live music, too. Saw DSO 17 times and Dead and Co twice. Everything within 3-4 hours of home, thanks DSO!! I don't anticipate being able to go to as many next year, having had our second little one just last Monday. She was kind enough to wait until the end of the stretch of shows I was able to attend this fall. Wifey's water broke two hours after I got home from Huntington night 2, 19 days early!!!
  18. 8 points
    Over the years, I have seen a ridiculous amount of shows but have only done one entire tour start to finish. The most recent SE tour was the one!! 3 of us did the entire tour along with the band and crew. BTW, before I go any further, thanks to DSO for all that you do. Its' not easy! Yes, you get paid but it is a grind! Truthfully, I am blown away with their amazing attitude and willingness to put on excellent shows night in and night out! AMAZING! 4400 miles give or take, starting in Wilmington, DE, 14 shows total to include Bobby and the Wolf Bros ( Jacksonville, Florida ) the night before DSO's opener in St. Pete, Florida. My favorite venues were St. Augustine, Florida, Pompano Beach, Florida ( been there multiple times to see DSO before ), Tallahassee, Florida and Wilmington, NC ( been there for DSO as well ). Of the 14 venues, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Birmingham and Nashville were the only new venues for me. Alabama and Tennessee were 2 states I had never seen DSO in ( after 18 years ) ! 3 venues I did not care for were Asheville ( Orange Peel ) and Charlotte ( Fillmore ). Asheville's employees are cool but the place is always packed with little dance room ( boo ) and Charlotte's employees are a mess but overall room is ok....Raleigh also has employees I am not fond of but am okay with the room. The rest of the venues I like! My favorite show was St. Augustine. I felt the band was feeling it that night and after speaking with a few band members to include Cotter, they felt the same. All the shows were good but that was my favorite. The trip was shared with many friends. My best buddy was with me the entire time, Luna, my pup. She is a kind dog, loving and patient. She was ready to be off the road at the end as was I. Luckily for both of us, she and I share an RV which gives her a comfortable place to rest during the shows. The weather was unbelievable the entire time. Never a night did I need AC at all and only checked into one RV campground in Nashville. Thanks To Chris and Nina for being around for every show as well... These two kids are good people and fun to be with and truly DEADicated. I met 4 new people on this tour who apparently do their fair of shows but had never met them before for some reason? Cynthia, Renee, Tatiana and Adrian, I look forward to dancing with you all again...Thanks for sharing your space with me!! It meant a lot! Sammy, Aaron and Carl all drove down for the first 5 shows in Florida which were my favorite shows for so many reasons. Scotty flew into south Florida to hook up with Tatiana and Adrian. They did the 2 Bobby shows to include the first 5 DSO shows as well! My great friend Kevin and his wife were at St. Augustine only but I was able to stay with them for several nights in Jacksonville so that was nice. Rick and Whitney did several of the Florida shows and had their beautiful girl with them..OMG!!! The Perrottis were at the majority of the Florida shows ( love this family so much ) but had to run their deli each day so talk about a grind, back and forth from Orlando to each show each night!!! I put so much value on the Florida DSO runs because of my long friendship with this amazing family! Steve, Carrie and a bunch of other Sand Jammers were along for a few of the shows. I run into Sand Jammers everywhere... They must think I'm crazy, seeing me pretty much everywhere? Nantucket, John and Debbie all flew in for one show..Nantucket, St. Pete, John and Debbie, Pompano!! Awesome!! My buddy Gary from Jam Cruise, his cousin David Jonas ( friends with John, Debbie, Jeff Mattson and Cotter ) both went to Pompano as well...Nice meeting David and having Gary along. Gary and I played golf the next day which was superb. Brian also flew in for first 4 shows as well. THANKS so much to Jay Price for his kindness and generosity. Jay was able to do the last 8 out of 9 shows. I have an amazing time with this guy every time. He is a GRATE guy. His favorite show was Raleigh! ...Mar, Jerry and his wife were at several of the Florida shows....also, Frank...he flew in from Colorado for the first 4 shows as well. I love our family! I have met hundreds of people over the years and funny enough, have introduced many of these awesome people to each other and feel lucky to know each and every one of you. Rude and Meli made it to one show. Jen and Joe were at a few. Tea was at a few..Steph at one... Geez, I know I am forgetting some folks and feel bad about it Anyway, I felt like I had to put this together after doing my first entire tour in 18 years...I figure I have seen somewhere between 500-600 dso shows...I know, big discrepancy there but its been so many...only 239 GD shows but dso has been an obsession but pleazin... BTW, the best dancing along the way....St. Augustine, Orlando ( Matt and Elle were both rocking it hard in Orlando ) and Atlanta.....so much good!!!! BTW, thanks to Matt, the new tour manager...what a GRATE guy. DSO is lucky to have him and so are all of us... LOVE you all.. Peace.
  19. 8 points
    theCause w/ Jeff Mattson and Lisa Mackey 3/23/19 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA Acoustic w/Randy Bauman on keys Dire Wolf Bird Song Monkey and The Engineer Rosalie McFall Cassidy To Lay Me Down On The Road Again Ripple Electric 1 Iko Sugaree Big River ? Country song sung by bass player Black-Throated Wind China Cat > Love The One Your With > I Know You Rider Might As Well Electric 2 w/ Randy Bauman on keys (most/all?) Shakedown Saint Etta James song (Don't Make Me Cry?) Lazy Lightning > Supplication ? Jeff Original ? theCause Original > Bertha White Rabbit With A Little Help From My Friends (w/ several guest singers) Jeff on everything. Lisa on 3/4 of it all. GREAT night. Some transitions to/from the jams within songs were a little iffy, but the raw power of it all more than made up for it. Lots of spirited play. The whole acoustic set was sublime, especially Rosalie and To Lay Me Down. Beautiful harmony between Lisa and Jill. Crazy surprise between China and Rider. Awesome Shakedown, and whatever that Etta James song was was just KILLED by Jill. Might have been my favorite tune of the night. Anyone know the Jeff original? It kinda reminded me of a Trey Anastasio composition, which is not a criticism lol just an observation theCause's original was a catchy tune as well. 15 "anymore's" to end the Bertha. White Rabbit. I've heard it a few times now, but I think this was THE one. Brought. The. House. Down. The people near me not familiar with Lisa were blown away. I was like, she's always like this! LOL No, the Rabbit was a really REALLY good Rabbit. Help From My Friends was played and even sung in that Joe Cocker at Woodstock-ish way, and was the perfect end to a great night. See you all there next year!!!!
  20. 8 points
    My dad's favorite touring story involves the Eel in '87, more specifically the acoustic show on the bonus disk. My dad was hanging out outside the venue playing Deep Ellem Blues on his guitar when a car rolls by with none other than Jerry in it. He stops and says something along the lines of "sounds good!" to my dad. My dad then made his way into the venue and up towards the front of the crowd. He says that Jerry came out on stage, looked right at him and nodded, then jumped into Deep Ellem to kick off the acoustic set!
  21. 8 points
    This little peanut gonna make it to her first 3 shows.
  22. 8 points
    I going to throw in my 2 cents. First Please keep your comments in Kindness and the Spirit of the Love of the Music, life is too short to be surrounded by hate. Second. Dark Star plays in the spirit of the Grateful Dead and when I went to shows in 80's and 90's I never knew what I was going to see that night and that was part of the Magic. I honestly went for many reasons the music being one, but friends, the circus and the sense of being part of something special, thats what DSO does for me. In this day in age when everything moves fast and we have so many choices we all want it to be easier, but for me the chance of getting something different was always possible every night and that made it fun. That is why some of most memorable DSO show's have been Electives. I know many people will argue both sides and I can see their points, but I know my answer, I want it to be like it was at Merryweather Post in June of 1983 or Alpine in 89...I had no idea what was coming next and later I learned either did they. Have fun and dance and smile....while you can. Dr Vapor.
  23. 8 points
    He died a few months ago at the age of 67, which made him a decade older than I. Since Sunday Morning at Jubilee when I heard the news I have been thinking oft about my brother and all the shit we have gotten ourseves into over the last 25+ years. If you can bare with me, I'd like to share a couple. Our relationship basically began in April of 1993, I remember the time because I had just returned from my 4th deployment and went on vacation to Lake Worth FL, Dean's home for as long as I know him. We had been fishing (my first time fishing in the blue water, now a life love of mine) caught a few dolphin, king, had a sailfish on and lost it. That night after dinner, maybe midnight or so, we were drunk and a lightning storm kicked up as we huddled under a overhang in his yard. The lightning storm was spectacular, the best I have seen even to this day. Dean, 6-2 200 at the time, looks down at me and says this would be a lot better from the golf course. Next thing I know we are meandering down the street toward the golf course, we stood at the 4 foot high fence in the rain and watched this amazing lightning storm. Dean, my other brother in law, and I were celebrating the holidays in Norfolk, VA. Chesapeake Bay Striper season ends Dec 31, so we decided to get one more day in before the season closes. Off we go about 7 PM. When we get to the boat storage to launch, the boat has about 2" of ice in the transom. Imagine this picture...3 men on a 19 foot center console in the dark chipping ICE off the boat so we can go fishing. Of course we run out there and get skunked. Well, it feels good to share these stories, and share them in a place without worries. Peace, Joe
  24. 8 points
    Twas a great weekend, and I finally have a chance to port forth a few thoughts, in no particular order. Saturday (5/26) was GREAT music all day. Yes everyday was great, but Saturday was GREAT. Dino's Quintet and Holly Bowling were fantastic. They had a high-class vibe going on that made me drink my beer with pinky fully extended. That was one rough storm, also on Saturday, but we pulled through. Many canopies were turned into twisted metal, and some tents became kites, but everybody kept on keeping on. The Amazing Giants and the Joyful Bubbles are great side entertainment for families and well, everyone, really. Keep bringing 'em back! Those were some of the cleanest Port-o-pottys I've ever seen. Well done! Only at the end were they even the slightest bit rank. Except for Potty #2 by the GA showers that was, well, Number Two'd on top of the seat midday on Saturday, but by evening it was in tip top shape. Thank you to whomever is in charge of keeping those things clean. And to the person who layethed down the evil deed, shame!! Melvin & DSO is one potent combo. Tore Up might have been my favorite song of the whole weekend. Stage banter was hilarious. Good audience recordings are available on archive.org (thanks Toaste!) as well as a matrix of Holly Bowling. What happened to the cold nights of Jubilee '13? I've been sweating my spheres off every year since. Back in '13 I actually wore my winter coat to Night 3... It's weird, but it seems like every Sunday morning, when they're about to do the Kids Parade, the weather is perfect, maybe a little warm like I just mentioned, but the sky is blue, the sun is out, and there's absolutely no rain. Every Sunday morning at the Jubilee looks like every other Sunday morning at the Jubilee. Just beautiful. And if it's the kids that are good luck, then maybe we could have them parade around all weekend long because storms just suck. Oh, and that was one long parade. From the stage all the way thru GA, that I saw. Awesome! I'm buying the SBDs when they come out, always do, but could we also get the other DSO collaborative ensembles?? Dino's group, Mattson/friends, California Kind, and Melvin & five sevenths of DSO were all great and I'd love to hear those boards. Guess that's all I got. GREAT Jubilee '18. It's almost been a week and the memories are so vivid that it still feels like I just left Legend Valley. See ya next year!
  25. 8 points
    After 48 hours to process the events of Dark Star Jubilee, I believe I've got a handle on it. As a Jubilee rook, it had a tough act to follow in my head having done several NLQP through the years, which is an amazing piece of land to camp and dance. The Jubilee far exceeded my expectations and living in that reality for three days is truly bliss. The combination of friendly, happy people, from staff to attendees, and a spectrum of talented musicians creates an eden on earth. My homebase in VIP was a eight minute walk to the stage, 10 minutes to my friends in General RV. Access to showers and daily coffee was worth the upgrade to VIP in my opinion. I rode solo this Jubilee and met so many good people during the weekend. Rob, Rodney, and Greg from Columbus were right next to my site and we talked all weekend. I fulfilled a goal meeting Rude and it was totally organic, we were walking down to the stage at the same time. The circus is in town. Hung with old friends, MC and crew, Scott, sudds94, met new friends, Poetry Girl, Carly and Michelle from Buffalo. I spoke with dozens of others about our shared experience, Jubilee gives us all something in common, what a great conversation starter. Of course the heart of the Jubilee is the music. Being able to hear the music from basically any location on the grounds keeps you engaged all day. The non-DSO lineup impressed. Any band including the talented Rob B. was worth the walk to the stage. Seeing Melvin after all these years was a treat. Holly Bowling had a great take. Infamous Stringdusters killed a JackStraw. Getting the point? Any we have not even touched on the three well executed shows delivered by DSO. The recreation on Friday I'm sure was better than the original. After the afternoon deluge, the Saturday original was pure magic start to finish. The energy for the Sunday original was off the charts, especially after the boys gave us a Jerry show to warm up for a Dead show. This band of talented musicians continues to push the material to higher levels. Thank you DSO for three glorious days. Praise DSO.
  26. 8 points
    10/21/83 Music Never StoppedLoserC.C. RiderCumberland BluesCassidyRamble on RoseMy Brother EsauBig Railroad BluesPromised LandScarlet BegoniasFire on the MountainUncle John's BandPlayin' in the BanddrumsTruckin'Wharf RatI Need a MiracleTouch of GreyJohnny B. Goode filler: The Weight super, awesome, sweaty dance fest tonight
  27. 8 points
    As far as how we do it (or I do it I guess)? I take the mix from Cotter and the Archive mix from the Monitor board (more like how Betty would have done it). Then I take 2 pairs of Audience mic’s. One from the stage facing out the other From the Soundboard facing the stage. I phase align all the sources, blend them , process them and creat one stereo mix. That’s the short version
  28. 8 points
    Those waiting for other shows that week there will be none. Last show will be in SF the weekend prior. The band and crew will be taking the week off prior to red rocks and a break after Red Rocks..
  29. 7 points
    Janus- STRONG 1st show of tour opener. High energy from start to finish. I was blown away by Corrina-shakedown... Super Funky Corrina perfectly segued into Shakedown! It sounded like back into Corrina jam or funkyest shakedown jam before the end. I rate this show as one of the best tour openers I've been to. For what its worth, with old battle wounds catching up to me over the years, I have not been able to dance from start to finish in over 5 years... I danced hard for at least 90% of this show! St Augustine- We knew this was special with a Spectacular Hard2handle-China-Rider open! This is why its not wise to gamble with missing the opening notes of any show. Ya never know what you'll miss! The whole show was the epitome of GD/DSO played at its finest!!! Steven Tell Eleven is never disapointing when played by DSO. The Best Doin That Rag I've ever heard... As I was dancing, I listened to the dripiest lyrics flow effortlessly from Jeffs mouth. If you don't know that this is the highest of complements, you never really experienced the genius of this song... This Ampitheater is the best !!! Later that night I literally crawled into bed and could not get my spine straight until 2 hours after waking up. Pompano- Good show played GREAT by DSO. Danced to scarlet fire and a little more here and there. This was a welcomed rest for my aching body after 1st two shows... Well fed and rested now, Thanks to Good friends Vince&Sue, for being the best of host and company in florida for 10 good solid years. Torin also... Im looking forward to HOB tonight after being pretty much healed now since St. Augustine. DSO & Crew. Y'all pretty good at do ing what ya do. (sarcasm). GREAT is better description!
  30. 7 points
    What a time we had! It was so fun to hang with and see some of my favorite humans I have ever known. It is always a trick to push pause on life and dip out but so needed. Daily life is a bit of a grind, especially trying to balance peoples' expectations and manifest goodness and love in spite of that static getting in the way. As my husband says, I work too hard to suffer the bs. We are so lucky to experience the magic of a show where the Named has no name and the Way has no path lives full on captured in the timeless lyrics and inspired music. Island Bro and I cooked this escape up back in October, and like Venus, these February shows danced on the distant horizon with promise and delivered. So hot tubs/ springs are the ticket for the NW and erase the wear of the night before. And being the good student, I managed to hit the spa 4 out 5 days we were out there! The other day I soaked in wine!! . We landed in snow at PDX a little bedraggled and began to decompress. The first show(2nd Portland) was a smorgasbord of music and it all in its own way began to sort me out. You know- when too much of everything is just enough? A little pinch of this and that is bound to satisfy. Melvin tore up the keys across the way after the show -and thankfully Portland is a city after my own stomach. We found good company at the Roxy for a late night breakfast. The next day seemed a bit dicey because the snow all around might impact our wine tour plans. The sun was shining on us and we tasted the earth and felt the rain. I found new spaces within in Eugene and opened up for the good primal Dead in Ashland. The most perfect venue is that Ashland Armory- wide space with wood floors. I danced a while in socks. Oh, and it was heavenly. Mon amour, mon vie. Things reset, cloudy skies cleared, old crusty pizza even shone again in glory. I breathed in the goodness and my heart space filled, awashed in laughter and good times. I savor the new friendships I made and the aroma of the longer standing ones. Soul connections happen when you meet people it seems you've known already and they bless you unbeknownst through the years. Just being there at the right times to soothe your soul. This really happened....You must be on the right road when a dress you wore 5 years ago to dinner shows up in your landscape, with that dinner date standing right there! I kid you not. Floored! I have never see another wear it, even when new, much less so long afterwards!!! I will be taking that dress out there to Ashland next time for my twin. It is only 16 years old from Target but the best!! lol Love you people. Love my tribe. I carry you in my heart, that feeling, til we meet again.
  31. 7 points
    40 years ago today. Filler ill I’ll be with thee epic week. Truly a amazing. Miss my baby so glad we made it. I may actually post a review of my experience. It was that great.
  32. 7 points
    Sorry it took so long to take care of them. I have been out of commission for awhile (feeling a little better today, thank you). There was a total of ten spammers, three of them had their registrations flagged for review. The other seven posted a total of 237 times. All of them have been banned, their posts deleted and their Email, IP's etc forwarded to Spam DB's.
  33. 7 points
    Just got my recording of this show uploaded to the archive if anyone wants to listen to it: https://archive.org/details/dso2018-12-01.nak300.cp1.cp4.flac24
  34. 7 points
    In a world of conflict and division, what a blessing that a group of musicians exist to uplift an audience, take them on an exploration of every phase of the human condition, return them to the start of it all and ask did you enjoy the ride? The answer, an emphatic yes. The perfect marriage of band and venue occurred for a second time in DC last night, and the experience did not disappoint. A retelling of 6/9/73 (w/ GS and China>Rider shifted to set 2) ran through a large chunk of the library at the time, tried and true. The band exuded last show of the tour energy with every song, and flawlessly delivered all 27 songs. China>Rider absolutely killed. Eyes>China Doll>Sugar Mag close heavenly and filled with Julie Andrews space after some of the riff-raff departed. I enjoyed the evening with the best group of friends, both old and new, a person could ever hope for. The forum was well represented at the Anthem last nite. Safe travels all. Praise DSO.
  35. 7 points
    ...in this land Well today the world is minus yet another good man. After a 10 month battle with cancer, my good friend of 25 years, Christopher set sail last night for his ultimate voyage. Our community is in grief today as we let go of such a bright spirit... Christopher was a husband, a father of two boys (6 and 8), a sailor, a juggler, a fisherman (30+ yrs seasons in Alaska), an electrician, a sawyer, a furniture maker, a dancer and lover of music, a jester, a mentor, a soccer coach, an old-school home-brewer, a kiwi grower, creator and host of annual Brewfest (still on a nearly 30 year run), a mechanic, co-creator of Juggle-Fest, friend to all ages and all kinds of people, and an open-hearted dude all the way.... And honestly, that's just the quick, short list! To say he lived life to the max is definitely telling it like it is. Christopher was always the one who would motivate you to spontaneously head out for a full moon walk up the hill on like a random Wednesday night at 10 pm in the dark of winter. When you reached the top of the hill you would witness him yell out into the ethers as loud as he could: "THANK YOU!!" to whomever or whatever was listening...to life itself, really. I learned much from him,,not the least of which was to try and return to gratitude as often as possible... Over the weekend he chose to let go of the fight and reel in the nets and call it a season--after months of discomfort in his body, dramatic weight loss etc... No more trips to the doctor, no more fight, no more cancer meds, no more food, no more being a patient. Just decided it was time for a man to die a peaceful death at home with wife, mother, and a few other family members present. At about 11:30 last night,,a couple hours after his mother told his birth story, he shipped on out... And so this morning, his wife had the tragic role of telling their two sons, when they woke up, that their father is gone forever....AAAARRRRGGGHH!!! One quote of Christopher's that I always try to keep in my back pocket that I think many of you will appreciate is,,"When in doubt, Dance it out!!" Thanks so much for listening...this forum creates family. And, THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER!!!!
  36. 7 points
    My primary motive for going to a DSO show is to hear Grateful Dead music played live with fucking stellar execution. I really don't care recr or not, preannoun or not, damn rain or shine, DSO is going to plug a hole in my soul no matter what. I'm not going to shows because of what they do, I'm going because of how they do what they do. It's necessary. Thanks.
  37. 7 points
    Have been getting increasingly into the Dead over the last five years or so and, knowing next to nothing about DSO, this was my first show. I didn't realize that they've often been playing original sets so I spent a good part of set one REALLY confused until I asked some folks what was going on. I think ultimately I enjoyed it more that way and the element of surprise made it a lot more fun, which there seems to be some debate about on here. Was particularly happy that they played Passenger and it absolutely smoked. Also, as a huge Donna defender, the woman doing Donna was amazing and I loved the crowd going nuts for the trademark "wailing". Anyway, couple thoughts from a first timer. Great gig.
  38. 7 points
    Oooh, this is fun. If we're competing, i think I'm the best. I've been to more shows than 98% of you and dance harder. Therefore my opinion is most valid and i will tell you all your place. Kidding. The setlist is Always known at a dso show. Even the electives are printed on paper on stage. It's not the grateful dead. I'm no expert but I'd bet that many people are turned on by pre announcements. I don't look at that stuff anyway. When i find my groove it doesn't matter what year they are playing. The only thing know for sure is that DSO has only gotten better and better through all the changes and i doubt this time will be any different. Right? Yes, we have the right to have an opinion and to express it. We also have the choice of how we express our opinions. To have many strong opinions and be identified with them is most certainly a facet of ego. Just so that is clear... Maybe this whole thread would have gone differently if SVT had taken 20 deep breaths before posting. Maybe she would have decided to leave it alone, not make waves, tame that underwater volcano. I don't know...i don't care. She's a freak and i respect her unabashedly unique and outspoken nature. I respect Rude as well. I think We can find resolution in a best of 3 paper rock scissors. Winner gets to kick the other one in the shin and we move on. I know Steph can't actually hold a grudge for long. But seriously, from one friend to another, the fowl language Comes across angry and is not becoming of you. And for the record, i think PG is a Baddass.
  39. 7 points
    "I love what I love and I want it that way!" Damn Right I was/am 100% against any pre-announcement or hint about what's comin. While the DSO game is a pretty small part of what I love about the experience, it's still a little more than just a cherry on the sundae to me. Most of us are not big fans of change, and I'd say I hang on longer than most do. Given the extreme dedication of the band to the cause of this music (if there's such a thing) and what 'it' takes to continue to make 'IT' happen year after year, I've got to trust their process - even if I don't like it. While if it ain't broke don't fix it, if they feel they need to preview offerings from time-to-time (or want to try to see how it goes), I'm behind DSO and management if it keeps this mutha rollin! I hope it has the positive impact they are looking for as DSO deserves nothing but good things! Can we try not to sink each others battleships, please? We're all gonna need each other if we're lucky enough to get through.
  40. 7 points
    Both shows were chock full of moments where we all seemed to just levitate together. The band managed to expertly communicate feelings of joy, wickedness, beauty, solemn truth, peace, love, doubt, strength, loss, and inspiration! Really, really great fun! The people - wow, the people! Put these things together and you’ve got heaven on earth The best of times ❤️
  41. 7 points
    Just so we have a spot in reviews for reviews of this outstanding show. Everyone knows this is a recreation of 7-8-78, also played at red rocks, surely also sold out, also featuring Donna Jean! The fillers we're box and China Rider (which smoked). Everything tonight was just exactly perfect! Every band member was on fire, the crew did a killer job setting everything up, the family drums segment was a carribean delight. Estimated other one eyes was the fucking goods! Really appreciated my dance partners tonight, they kept me churning when the tank was low. Rob E you were right, the sound on row 25 was awesome. So happy for the band and this milestone, and grateful to have experienced it! ♥️
  42. 7 points
    I see mostly positivity on this board. Technically writing any post is indulging oneself. I def talk more than most but it’s not like I’m texting in the middle of the night or blowing up everyone’s pagers. I’m having a blast currently and sharing a few experiences as well as sharing some nonsense but I take very little in life that seriously. I’m living a blissful life atm and sharing with friends.
  43. 7 points
    middle school koritz on drums, dino for encore Set 1: Cold Rain And Snow Mama Tried They Loved Each Other The Race Is On Hard To Handle Loose Lucy Masters Of War Beat It On Down The Line Here Comes Sunshine Big River Casey Jones Set 2: Scarlet Begonias Big Boy Pete Dire Wolf Weather Report -> Let It Grow -> Eyes Of The World -> Slipknot -> China Doll China Cat Sunflower -> Feelin' Groovy Jam -> I Know You Rider Encore: Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
  44. 7 points
    Set 1 All Around This World [MISSING?] Friend of the Devil Stir It Up* Jack A Roe Wonderful World -- Skip lead vocals w/ Tonya the road manager Big Boss Man Sitting In Limbo Masters of War* -- Lisa vocals It's Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry Bird Song* Set 2 Dupree's Diamond Blues Mountains of the Moon Sing Your Blues Away* Dire Wolf Box of Rain* Tomorrow is Forever* Rueben and Cherise* Russian Lullaby* Viola Lee Blues*--played in it's original jug band form Ripple Encores Uncle John's Band Goodnight Irene *Notable performance Very much enjoyed the show. It is never the high energy dance party of an electric, but still great stuff and you always get to hear some less common songs. I am sorry for Eaton's family situation. I did enjoy the different mix of songs due to his absence. The Masters of War was a real treat, and the Box of Rain was a very heartfelt rendition from Skip that stood out. I honestly forgot how good of a singer Skip is. Goodnight all
  45. 7 points
    The Norva show is def in my top 5. I’m an early era nut and to see the first and so far only 68 recreation is etched in my soul. That Big Boy Pete in the first set elective routinely runs thru my mind. The uniqueness of a 68 style elective first set and full 68 show second set and the way they perfectly melded those two sets together seamlessly into a full show is mind blowing because there are no 3.5hr 68 shows in existence (that I’m aware of). What I try to explain to people is how much talent it takes transport one into the inner ethos of a 68 acid test type show one night and then blow the roof off with an expertly executed 91 the next night is jaw dropping. When I saw the dead in 86 I was guaranteed to get an 86 style show. Not to suggest dso’s talent surpasses the dead’s by any means but rather to shine a light on how amazing what they do is. When I was in college I painted a mural on my dorm wall that had a stealie in the center with the phrase wrapped around it that said “they’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones that do what they do”. (They made me paint over that at the end of the year to avoid forfeiture of some deposit my parents had made. That sucked). I think this phrase applies to DSO in this modern era of a bounty of dead style bands, as it relates to their business model, which I think is genius and also exceedingly difficult. It’s what makes me brim with excitement waiting for those first notes of the show opener. This is why I plan much of my vacation time around DSO shows and why I praise the band and their talent, (and crew)! The people I’ve met on this forum whom I’m positive feel the same way I do, and whom I get to attend these shows with, and boogie down with make it a sacred component of my well being. Peace. ❤️
  46. 7 points
    1. He likes EVERY post - not a hater. 2. First to post the set lists - the post-er with the most-er. 3. All around great guy - give this man a hug!
  47. 7 points
    Dso played 6/14/91 beautifully... Stella Row jimmy hsf so good... Lisa on kazoo very special tonight... The Venue... Best sound ever and I think maybe best indoor venue I've ever seen dso play... Largest crowd indoors for dso show. 3000+ I think and still plenty of room to dance. Super cool staff... Security saw me sweating after hsf and asked me if I'd like a bottle of cold water. Thumbs up to dso, staff and venue👍
  48. 7 points
    I continue to amaze at the skill of our band to create the backdrop to life we all love. A night after delivering a raw mindbending 68, they return the following night as a fully mature 91, complete with Vinny-ish ivories from RobB. The Anthem emerges as a top flight venue, three levels of dancers paradise with bright sound at any location. I had so much space on the floor, security asked me several times to calm down. Let me be the first to motion for retiring 9:30. A personal highlight to meet Dr. Barry and Tea at the halftime praise gathering. Great to have a couple more friendly faces in the crowd. BTW, TJ, Music first set standouts. H>S>F>Esti>STAR worth the price of admission Praise DSO
  49. 7 points
    So I don't even know if a review thread was started for this show before that part of the forums went down but I gotta say something and we can move into the review area when Ron gets it back on line. What a special night! For me, the amount of space and vibe was reminiscent of a few runs at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, WA going back 10 years or so. It was like every man, woman, and child was issued 20 acres and a mule upon entry. Surely not ideal from a business standpoint but a truly memorable evening especially for those who love abundant space to dance--even right up on the rail! And in terms of the music produced on Sunday eve,,,all I can say about it right now (and about the entire weekend really) is that there IS a fountain that was not made by the hands of man thank you
  50. 7 points
    This is a topic that does rise up like the cream in the churn every few years. Because new ones comes and sadly old ones go everything old is relevant (if not new) again. So, in that spirit, here is my offering from a similar thread about six years ago: OK, now that this thread has become True Confessions time, I have a little something to share. I loathe Eyes. In fact, "loathe" does a disservice to all synonyms for "detest" but it will do. From the first insipid notes of the inevitable interminable jam (a good time to go get the oil changed) leading up to the lyrics, I know it is going to be another 20 minutes of my life that I will never, ever be able to get back. If time is going to be such a thief, why can't he it at least make it be good for me, too? But nope, that jam is like an aural Rape of Nanking. Even though you know it will sometime run out of steam, the experience is proof that what doesn't kill you does not always make you stronger. But after the swirly girly be-bop highs and lows dosey-doe notes of the intro jam come the lyrics. Hippie self-indulgence at its finest. That crap makes The Phish's offerings read like Dostoyevsky. "Lazy summer home" - glad you can afford one, king of the trustafarians; some people have to work. "Wings a mile long" - hell, to even think of that you have to be a card-carrying member of the sheet of the month club. The closest thing I've seen to that at a show was a pterodactyl and he did't have wings, just horns. But that is another story for another time. The second verse - what kind of psuedo-spiritual drek is this? Something from a dream you had one afternoon long ago? Thanks for sharing! And "the night comes so quiet, it's close on the heels of the day..." WTF is it supposed to do? Rage like a Viking in heat and then have a cigarette break? More jamming. More pointless abuse of musical instruments that did nothing to deserve this torture, when all they want to do is rock. But at this point you figure that maybe, just maybe, the end is in sight. All you have to do is be strong, like enduring an extra vigorous cleaning by a really pissed off dental hygenist. And there it is - the third verse. By this time the imagery is kind of weak. I think the evocative wad was shot after "loaded with clay," and the repeated "sometimes" in the last verse just goes to show that. If it is a song of your own, just keep it to yourself. The shower is a nice place for that. The only thing worse than a stand-alone Eyes is when it caps off the Trifecta from Hell, Scarlet>Fire, Estimated. That truly is 9th Circle. Don't get me started on SOTM. If you'd really "rather be with you," then get your munchies-engorged ass off the back porch and do something about it. And "Foolish Heart" - stop whining about it and check out your degrees of compatibility on e harmony. Maybe you'll get lucky. Meh.
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