Grateful Dead Tribute Band Dark Star Orchestra
Break out the tie-dye, slip on your sandals and get truckin’ to downtown Aurora’s Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park, where Dark Star Orchestra will do much more than “play respects” to the legendary Grateful Dead.
On Friday, July 5, Dark Star Orchestra will truly encapsulate the energy and experience of an original Grateful Dead concert with a whirling, twirling, twilight tribute on the banks of the beautiful Fox River. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.
RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N. Broadway, right across the street from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center in downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by RiverEdge’s satellite box office, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Tickets will also be sold on-site. Fees not included.
At this event, there will be two different areas to enjoy the concert: 1) Provided seating sections directly in front of the stage to the sound tower; 2) Open area of concrete and lawn behind the seating section. General admission tickets allow access into either of these areas. Bag chairs are welcome in the open area. Blankets are allowed on the lawn only.
Dark Star Orchestra is sponsored by Mike and Jan Baum. The RiverEdge Park 2019 Season is sponsored by Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and City of Aurora. Park sponsor is Hollywood Casino Aurora.
Dark Star Orchestra has been a favorite of old and new Grateful Dead fans since 1997, when a group of talented musicians came up with an original concept – to perform complete Grateful Dead shows from out of the beloved act’s long touring history.
With the concept in mind, the newly formed Dark Star Orchestra secured four Tuesday night gigs at Martyrs’ in their hometown of Chicago. The first night saw just 78 people, but through word-of-mouth, by the fourth week they had sold out the room. One year later, on the eve of their first anniversary, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish joined Dark Star Orchestra at Martyrs’ after their own show in town.
The ensuing buzz caused national interest in the then regional favorite. That winter their Colorado tour sold out almost every performance and their website was getting millions of hits – everyone wanted to know how they got their sound so precise. Critics began to take note as well, with The Washington Post declaring them “the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act” and USA Today raved that DSO was “channeling the Dead.” Dark Star Orchestra had arrived.
More than 20 years since that first show at Martyrs’, Dark Star Orchestra has gone on to perform over 2,200 concerts worldwide. What they do is not simply a tribute to the Grateful Dead, but a testament to their enormous catalogue of timeless performances – in addition to Dark Star Orchestra’s own intermittent original set lists, created to give the listener a wholly unique experience. For more, visit darkstarorchestra.net.