Dark Star Orchestra 11/12/2004: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT

Synchronicity is something that, as I have found, follows the Grateful Dead’s music around pretty closely. There is something just plain magical about their songs. This was exemplified to me, yet again, when I was initiated into the world of the Dark Star Orchestra at Higher Ground.

The most synchronistic piece of the night, for me, was the show selection. They played a fairly famous show from the Capitol Canter in Landover, Maryland from 1990. That is the same venue that I saw my first Dead show in almost 3 years to the date after this one. Oh the days of old… Another synchronistic occurrence was the Cold Rain opener on a fairly cold and snowy December night (maybe that was the inspiration for them choosing this show).

I had heard about the Dark Star Orchestra for a while now and how they put on a great show. In my mind though, I just wanted to leave the past alone. I enjoyed the Grateful Dead when they were a band, seeing many wonderful shows and having lots of great times. I thought that I should leave that behind because no other band could recreate what was so special about the Dead and their music. Well the DSO proved that, for one, the Grateful Dead

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