Well, probably not: Dark Star Orchestra: Call it rock ‘n’ roll archaeology
Over the course of its 15-year career, Dark Star Orchestra has made a living re-creating the music of the Grateful Dead.
Naturally, it’s easy to call this orchestra a tribute or cover band hyperfocused on the music of hippiedom’s most iconic jam band.
The members of this seven-piece group, which plays The NorVa on Monday night, prefer a different descriptor.
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The orchestra transcends the tribute band tag by becoming, in a sense, cultural archaeologists performing exact set lists from the Dead’s catalog of nearly 2,500 live performances.
What does a Deadhead say when he’s not high?
“Hey, man, this band really sucks.”