DJ & Dance

Dark Star Orchestra

When: Thu., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 2017

There are a lot of Grateful Dead tributes out there -- so many in Northeast Ohio alone! -- but Dark Star Orchestra gets audiences closest to the main nerve of the band’s legacy. Each show draws on an actual Dead show from the past -- that night’s unique setlist -- and sort of replicates it for the present. (The jamming, of course, diverts from the original show, giving audiences new landscapes of improvisation to enjoy.) And, yeah, DSO can jam. They bring a fun and nostalgic show, a flashback to easier living and sepia-tinged wild nights. “One amazing thing about the Dead is the fact that they have these songs: These are highly evolved narratives that tell these incredible stories,” keyboardist Rob Barraco told us in 2015. “Without that, they never would have stuck around like this. It's a body of work that will be around forever.” The band was recently taking requests for individual Dead shows on their Facebook page for this Cleveland show; so maybe your song will get picked! (Eric Sandy)

Price: $26-$36

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