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Dark Star Orchestra


Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and over 3000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra
continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s
extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will
perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use
their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to
share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets
of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this
musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out
the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed
Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly
encapsulate the energy and the experience. It’s about a sense of familiarity. It’s about a feeling
that grabs listeners and takes over. It’s about that contagious energy…in short, it’s about the
complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark
Star Orchestra show.
Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the entire United States, including a sold out
debut at Colorado’s Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater, plus shows in Europe and the Caribbean
with the band touching down in seven different countries. DSO continues to grow its fan base
by playing at larger venues for two and even three-night stands, as well as performing at major
music festivals including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, The Peach Music Festival, Jam
Cruise, Wanee Festival, SweetWater 420 Festival, Mountain Jam, and many more.
In addition to appearing at some of the nation’s top festival, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own
annual music festival and campaign gathering, titled the “Dark Star Jubilee”, currently in its
eighth year where DSO headline all three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up
and coming national touring acts. Beyond the shores of the United States, DSO has taken its
internationally-acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute to the beaches of Jamaica in the dead of winter
for the past six years, with their event appropriately titled ‘Jam in the Sand’. Featuring an
ocean-side stage, DSO sets up camp to perform shows for four nights along the tropical sands
of an all-inclusive resort, selling out the event each year for hundreds of lucky attendees.
Fans and critics haven’t been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The
band has featured guest performances from six original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob
Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and
even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included
Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter
Rowan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and many more.
“For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,”
keyboardist and vocalist Rob Barraco explains. “We offer a sort of a historical perspective at
what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads
who can say they’ve been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to
see live.”

JannusLive is an outdoor, STANDING ROOM ONLY venue that is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our guests. Please review our safety and security information below PRIOR to arriving at the venue.

  • All ticket prices are subject to increase on the day the of event.
  • Please arrive early to the venue to allow enough time for you and your guests to move through the queue and enter the venue.
  • Prior to entering the venue, guests will be searched (wand and/or pat-downs) to ensure that none of the restricted items enters the courtyard
  • We suggest you leave valuable and unnecessary items at home.
  • You may be asked to empty your pockets of all items so that they can be examined.
  • All alcohol and narcotic laws will be strictly enforced.
  • All bags will be searched, and no large bags or backpacks will be allowed (larger than a standard sheet of paper).

We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. If you see something that concerns you, please say something to our management or security so we can ensure the best experience possible

Restricted Items:

Considering recent events, the following items are strictly prohibited

  • No guns, knives, weapons, pepper spray, projectiles of any kind, or any other item that could be used to inflict harm.
  • Replicas of weapons are also NOT permitted
  • No large purses, bags or backpacks will be allowed (larger than a standard sheet of paper).
  • No drugs, drug paraphernalia, or illegal substances of any kind
  • No outside food or drinks
  • No blankets, lawn chairs and/or any other personal furniture, please see FAQs for email info@jannuslive.com or questions regarding ADA
  • No umbrellas, Jannus Live is an outdoor venue, so please plan accordingly
  • No personal video cameras, Go-Pros, selfie sticks, drones, masks or laser pointers.
  • No professional audio, video, or audio recording equipment – (including detachable lenses, tripods, zooms or commercial use rigs) For press pass access, please contact the artist or their management directly.
  • No pet, please see our FAQs or email info@jannuslive.com for questions regarding service animals

This list of prohibited items is subject to change at the discretion of venue management

Other Important Rules for our Venue

  • We are an outdoor, STANDING ROOM ONLY venue
  • All tickets are considered General Admission, unless specifically noted VIP. If your ticket was purchased from either Ticketmaster or AXS.com, they may print with a seat number. This is something we cannot control on their printed tickets and is not a real seat. Jannus Live does not have seating of any kind.
  • All shows are considered ALL-AGES unless specifically noted on the website or flyer, however we always recommend parental discretion based on the artist content and our bar-like environment.
  • Jannus Live does not have a specific ADA section, however we are 100% wheel chair accessible and allow for certain types of medical equipment to be used in the venue. For specific questions please email info@jannuslive.com
  • All concerts are considered RAIN OR SHINE, with the exception of extremely severe weather. Cancellations due to weather are rare and are announced as early as possible via this website and social media. Please note, UMBRELLAS are prohibited, but we do sell ponchos!