Now just a few years short of two decades in existence, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra recently surpassed the Dead’s total number of played shows: 2,318. Dark Star Orchestra have probably come closer to their original than any tribute to any band ever has. They’ve played with every living member of the Dead, and have remained dedicated to combining the art of exactly recreating the stage layout and setlist of actual Grateful Dead concerts with the free improvisation that made the band famous. The group will be playing at The Wellmont Theater on May 15 and the Capitol Theatre on May 16 and 17.

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