Dark Star Orchestra
February 2, 2007
Recreating Grateful Dead concerts in their entirety can be a tricky feat as evidenced by Dark Star Orchestra's February 2 performance at Bogarts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The band was in the midst of an accurate retelling of The Grateful Dead's landmark October 19, 1989 show from The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pa., when difficulty with the sound started. In the middle of set one, rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton's amp lost power and DSO continued as a five piece without him, marching through Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and Workingman's Dead's "Cumberland Blues" with awkward restraint and fevered intensity to plug up Eaton's absence.
When the kinks were worked out, DSO sailed smoothly to end the set with a loose and spacey "Cassidy," punctuated by the prompt closer "Don't Ease Me In."
Lead guitarist and vocalist John Kadlecik took the reins early in the second set, offering towering leads on the "Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower" segue. And, Eaton's fine baritone graced the interiors of the storied club during "Estimated Prophet."
Dino English and Rob Koritz played the role of the dynamic duo on drums during their powerfully transcending percussion segment, and the Dark Star Orchestra left many happy patrons flowing out into the chilly Cincinnati air on one more Dead-filled Saturday Night.
Set 1: Hell in a Bucket, West L A Fadeaway, Victim or the Crime, Built to Last, Blow Away, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In
Set 2: Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > Drums > The Wheel > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude Finale > Death Don't Have No Mercy > Turn On Your Lovelight
Encore: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue