Dark Star Orchestra

Crank up the Waybac machine, Sherman, ’cause Mr. Peabody needs to take another long, strange trip to catch the Dead back when they were still Grateful. Maybe we should trip the light fantastic at one of Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests. Or how about Barton Hall in 1977? Better yet, let’s catch that dank Veneta, Oregon, show from August 1972. I still have flashbacks from that 30-minute rendition of “Dark Star.” Wait a minute … whaddya mean it’s broken? Well, shit, I’ve got to get my hippie fix somehow. Wait, I’ve got it! According to my calculations, the Dark Star Orchestra, the guys the Dead hire as its house band nowadays, is coming through town again with its cosmic re-creations of historical Grateful Dead shows. And if you squint just right, I swear Rob Eaton and John Kadlecik look just like Bobby and Jerry. Sherman, I don’t think we need the Waybac after all. But if you can just help me find my rolling papers …

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