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Dark Star Orchestra

The Deadheads of the world know Dark Star Orchestra is not your run of the mill tribute band. They’ve been playing together for more than 13 years, doing more than 1,900 shows recreating entire Dead sets, and they’ve actually performed with five of the real Grateful Dead’s original members along the way. And while DSO recreates Dead sets, they don’t try to replicate every note, instead staying true to the improvisational roots of their heroes. The band’s current jaunt is called “From a City Near You,” and DSO will be playing one of the Dead’s nine Utah shows when it takes the stage. Will it be the 1969 gig from the U’s Union Ballroom, a 12-song show that included “Dark Star?” I doubt it. Perhaps a February 1973 gig from the Salt Palace that included classics like “Mexicali Blues,” “Sugaree,” “Jack Straw” and “Sugar Magnolia?” Maybe. Or DSO might try to put a positive spin on the much-maligned troika of Delta Center shows in February 1995. They won’t tell us which it is until they’re done playing. The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $23 advance/$25 day of show

Date: Dec 10, 2010
Time: 8 p.m.
Phone: 801-355-5522
Address: 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: The Depot