October 14, 2005

Friday Night Music

Well, this is cool!

Mrs Modulator ran across a live audio/video stream of Dark Star Orchestra playing tongiht at the McDonald Theater in Eugene. We joined in at halftime and it appears that tonight's show is 6-4-76 from the Paramount Theater, Portland, OR. which I had the pleasure of attending live!

They are doing Samson & Delilah right now and will shortly perform the last Cosmic Charlie.

Update: 10/15 00:40 AM PDT Well! That put some bounce into what had been a sleepy Friday night. It was clear the live crowd was having a dancing good time and they and we were pleased to get an extra encore of St Stephen->Attics of My Life that was not part of the original performance:

In the book of love's own dream
Where all the print is blood
Where all the pages are my days
And all my lights grow old
When I had no wings to fly
You flew to me
NB: Grateful Web will make this show available as a download on Sunday.

Posted by Steve on October 14, 2005

Hmm. The idea of DSO sort of weirds me out. I'd rather spend the money on RRE... :)

Posted by Scott at October 18, 2005 3:18 PM

I understand completely. RRE would easily be my choice of the two.

However, if you set your expectations correctly (it is not the GD) you can have a good time at a DSO show (speaking as the voice of experience....:) as we learned a year ago in Jackson Hole when we caught DS) at the Mangy Moose.

They do well with the music and it was fun...

Think of it like you might an orchestra performing Mozart or an opera. These folks are providing an interpretation of a musical work, i.e., a concert, originally performed by the GD. I'll say it again: they do a decent job of interpretation and the shows are fun.

Posted by Steve at October 18, 2005 4:10 PM

Hmm. I have a bunch of friends who rave about them. I suppose we should go at some point. I mean, we see Gent Treadly all the time. I think the difference is one's a tribute band (DSO) and the other is a cover band.

DSO's "Bobby" used to be a serious taper, too, if I recall properly.

So, does their "Donna" not perform on nights they do post-79 sets? :)

Posted by Scott at October 19, 2005 8:54 AM

Yes, their "Donna" does not perform when they do pre-72 or post-79 shows. I believe they also use one or two drummers to match the original performance.

Oh, and one of the really wierd aspects is how much their "Bobby" looks like Bobby and even mimics some Bobby mannerisms.

Posted by Steve at October 19, 2005 9:38 AM
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