Going Down The Road Feeling Good with DSO at Annie’s

Dark Star Orchestra
Cincinnati, Ohio
July 18, 2008

Annie’s outdoor musical complex in Cincinnati has been a safe haven for Grateful Dead tribute artists’ Dark Star Orchestra and their followers. They returned the favor on July 18 by performing a molten two set extravaganza in the sweltering mid July heat.

Basing it’s show on the spring tour 4/09/83 concert from the Dead at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, DSO got off to a rip roaring start, pairing "Bertha" with a revved up "Promised Land." Rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton poured himself into the Bob Weir vocal territory like a steady stream of piping hot gravy over mashed potatoes. Lead guitarist John Kadlecik took naturally to the crown of Jerry Garcia string bending and singing duties, adding spunk and wistfulness to the Hunter/Garcia compositions’ "Brown Eyed Women" and "Candyman." Dark Star Orchestra had the entire outdoor crowd dancing wild to the set closer, "China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider."

Returning to the stage with a wallop, DSO stunned the stage dwellers by navigating the musical twists and turns of "Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower." DSO heads thought they had been sent to heaven, but it was not going to stop there. A devastating run through of "Truckin’ > Smokestack Jam > Drums" bounced and echoed around the aging facility to pulverizing effect. "Black Peter" brought everyone back from that high, but the second set highlight of "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night" brought beaming smiles from both Eaton and Kadlecik to close the initial festivities.

For the encore, DSO replicated the Dead’s rare cover of The Rolling Stones’ "Satisfaction." That had the crowd singing the lyrics back to the stage in unison. Dark Star Orchestra finished up the muggy night by slamming together the one-two punch of arranging Bob Dylan’s "Tangled Up in Blue" alongside Buddy Holly’s "Oh Boy." Dark Star Orchestra stamped their indelible impression with another memorable evening inside the Cincinnati arts and music complex.

Set One: Bertha, Promised Land, West L.A. Fadeaway,  Brother Esau, Candyman, New Minglewood Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
Set Two: Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, Truckin’ > Smokestack Jam > Drums > Throwing Stones > Black Peter > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night
Encore: Satisfaction

Filler: Tangled Up in Blue > Oh Boy > Brokedown Palace