Dark Star Orchestra
[TRIBUTE] Haters gonna hate, but the music of the Grateful Dead will never die. Long after the currently touring Dead and Co. (featuring John Mayer, performing impressively well in the Garcia spot) is forced to hang it up, the band’s legacy will be carried forward into new generations of listeners by folks like the Chicago-born Dark Star Orchestra. DSO brings it’s magic to Town Ballroom on Tuesday May 22, and if you enjoy the Dead at all, or are just curious what all the fuss is about, the live experience they produce as a seven-piece unit far exceeds that of your average tribute band. It’s about attention to detail. In this case, they actually dig through the well-documented catalogue of archived GD shows and select a different night to emulate each time they play, thus recreating a little piece of the Dead’s storied history as they continue on the path they began traveling some 20 years ago. Perhaps the best proof of DSO’s prowess exists in having had five GD members join them onstage throughout the years: Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick and, Tom Constanten have all gotten up to perform with them at one time or another. It’s the best endorsement there is.