Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra have just announced their first round of tour dates for next year. The gang will kick things off at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on February 6. From there, it’s on to shows in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Columbus. They’ll play the Madison Theater in Covington, KY, on Valentine’s Day (February 14) and then head on to a series of shows throughout the South, including stops in Birmingham, AL, Atlanta and North Carolina. They’ll finish up the run with a two-night stint at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on February 23 and 24.
Dark Star Orchestra (or DSO to fans) is the closest thing that you can probably come to seeing the legendary Grateful Dead live in the 21st century. Formed in 1997 by guitarist John Kadlecik and keyboardist Scott Larned, the band was founded on the premise of completely re-performing, as close as possible, to shows by the historic rock group. DSO follows setlists song-for-song and works to replicate the exact sound from each show. The group has been joined on stage by surviving members of the Dead and performed over 2,000 shows.