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Dark Star Orchestra Recreates Grateful Dead 1970 Valentine’s Show With Jerry Garcia’s Guitar


Dark Star Orchestra recreated the Grateful Dead Valentines Day show from 1970. To boot, Jeff Mattson of DSO played Jerry Garcia’s acoustic guitar.

Dark Star kicked things off with “Cold Rain And Snow” before heading into the titular number. The classic pairing of “St. Stephen” and “The Eleven” came ahead of “Turn On Your Love Light” to close out the short first set. The second set was even shorter, “Casey Jones,” “Mama Tried” and “Hard To Handle.” The band was holding out for the acoustic set.

“The Monkey And The Engineer” kicked things off in an acoustic set in which Mattson played Jerry’s Martin D28 acoustic guitar on loan from Andy Logan followed by “Dark Hollow” and “Been All Around This World.” “Wake Up Little Susie” came ahead of “Black Peter,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Katie Mae.” The classic “Dancing In The Streets” kicked off a continuous “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider,” “High Time,” “Dire Wolf” and the guitar’s namesake, “Alligator.” “Drums,” “Not Fade Away” and the rarities “Mason’s Children” and “Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks).” “We Bid You Good Night” would close out the acoustic set. Dark Star Orchestra would come back out for an encore of the ‘60s classic “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).”

Check out video of the show captured by Ted Silverman below:


Dark Star

Turn On Your Love Light

Casey Jones

Wake Up Little Susie


Dark Star Orchestra at The Warfield

Set 1
  • Cold Rain and Snow  
  • Dark Star  
  • St. Stephen  
  • The Eleven  
  • Turn On Your Love Light  
Set 2
  • Casey Jones  
  • Mama Tried  
  • Hard to Handle  
  • The Monkey and the Engineer  
  • Dark Hollow  
  • Been All Around This World  
  • Wake Up Little Susie  
  • Black Peter  
  • Uncle John’s Band  
  • Katie Mae  
  • Dancing in the Street  
  • China Cat Sunflower  
  • I Know You Rider  
  • High Time  
  • Dire Wolf  
  • Alligator  
  • Drums  
  • Me and My Uncle  
  • Not Fade Away  
  • Mason’s Children  
  • Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)  
  • Feedback  
  • And We Bid You Goodnight  
  • The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
  • Grateful Dead

Source: JamBase.com