Entries tagged with: Dark Star Orchestra
by Andrew Sacher
One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)
Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:
The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.
"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."
Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...
Cake is playing Starland Ballroom on September 22. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra are playing Best Buy Theater on November 29 and 30. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Meek Mill is playing Roseland Ballroom on April 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra are playing The Wellmont Theatre on May 1, The Capitol Theatre on May 9 and 10, and Brooklyn Bowl on May 13 and 14. Tickets for the Wellmont show and the Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale today at noon.
3421 and Roy Orbit are playing Mercury Lounge on 3/20. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Northside Festival Badges go on sale today at noon. As do tickets for some of the individual shows, including...
Tickets to see Iceage and Lower at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Bowery Ballroom show with White Lung, Parquet Courts, and Burial are still available.
They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* Kanye West @ Revel
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* The Fab Faux @ City Winery
* Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
* The Felice Brothers @ Maxwell's
* Steve Miller Band @ Capitol Theatre
* Superhuman Happiness @ Mercury Lounge
* Alana Amram, Mal Blum @ The Ace Hotel
* Coldplay, Naturally 7 @ Barclays Center
* Martha Reeves & the Vandellas @ BB King's
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Paramount (Huntington)
* Howth, Creeptones, Erik Gundel @ Cameo Gallery
* Pretty Lights, Michal Menert @ Roseland Ballroom
* Punch Brothers, Aoife O'Donovan @ Bowery Ballroom
* MV Carbon, Trin Tran, Vinka Varna, X27 @ Cake Shop
* Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub (early and late shows)
* Spring Standards, Taurus, Inland Traveler @ Glasslands
* Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, Good Willsmith @ Silent Barn
* Machinedrum, Sepalcure, Brooklyn Bass @ Le Poisson Rouge
* They Might Be Giants, Last Car @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Afrojack, Diplo, Rusko, Bobby Burns, Leroy Styles @ Pier 94
* Smoke DZA, Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars, Kris Kasanova @ SOB's
* John Zorn's Annual End of the Year Improv Festival @ The Stone
* I Am The Avalanche, Money, Paper, Hearts, Sad & French @ The Grand Victory
* Baked, Two Inch Astronaut, Butter The Children, Ovlov, The Districts @ Big Snow
* Andrew WK, Big D and the Kids Table, The Blazing Beaverducks @ Ollie's Point
* Brothers Past, The Manhattan Project, DJ Greg, special guests TBA @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror, Rude Awakening, Brain Slug, Born Annoying @ Highline Ballroom
* Dave Hill, Josh Gondelman, Mike Lawrence, George Gordon, Ben Kronberg, John Flynn, Dan St Germain, Sean Donnelly @ Union Hall
Silent Barn is back with a new Bushwick location and they'll host their first show there tonight with Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, Good Willsmith, and DJ Smhoakmosheein. Doors at 8, first act on at 9, $7 entry. And because they haven't got their alcohol permits in order yet, no drinking at this show.
Coldplay play their second of three NYC area shows and first at the Barclays Center. They play again tomorrow night for NYE with Jay-Z.
Kanye wraps up his three-night run in Atlantic City tonight.
Punch Brothers are on night 2 of their three-night run at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
The Felice Brothers are on night 2 of their three-night NYE run of the NYC area. They play Maxwell's tonight and Mercury Lounge tomorrow for NYE.
They Might Be Giants are on night 2 of their three-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Dark Star Orchestra play their first of two nights at Huntington's Paramount tonight.
Phish continues their run at MSG tonight. Pretty Lights and Gov't Mule begin theirs at Roseland and Beacon Theatre, respectively, tonight. More info on those and other NYE shows at our New Year's Eve guide.
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Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.
A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.
Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.
Lineups so far for both fests are below...
Governors Island - Water Taxi Beach on July 11, 2009 (cutzer)
This past weekend was a big one for new venues in NYC. Brooklyn Bowl had its first show in Williamsburg on Friday, and Sunday was the first Pool Party on the Williamsburg Waterfront. On Saturday, it was the opening of The Beach on Governors Island. Video from the first show (to give you some idea of what its like) below...
"The Highline Ballroom, along with Liberty Event Management & Water Taxi Beach, is proud to announce the Beach on Governors Island. This unique venue will quickly become New York's premier live outdoor venue, resting on the coast of the New York Harbor, providing stunning views of Lower Manhattan. In addition to the concert area, the Beach will feature a café, several bars, and a shaded courtyard beer garden. The Beach isn't just a concert venue; it's an experience.The beach, which is currently a parking lot (I heard they drop the sand around July 4th), will be operating a lot like Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City. You can take a water taxi there and hang on the beach, and drink and eat. Most days will be deejays, and AEG and Highline Ballroom are working with Water Taxi to also bring bands there. The stage will be set up at the end of the beach, and you'll watch from the sand (or at least some people will... I think there will be some non-sand places to watch from too). The first big beach show announced is The B-52's...
Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. The Beach @ Governor's Island, will operate in conjunction with NY Water Taxi, who will be providing continuous ferry service to the island for ticket holders on their fleet of boats." [The Beach on Governors Island]
The Highline Ballroom is proud to announce the addition of The B-52s to our second annual Governors Island Concert Series: The Beach on Governors Island. The B-52s on The Beach will be a rain-or-shine, all-ages performance scheduled for August 18th on beautiful Governors Island, located only 800 yards off of Lower Manhattan.Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale. General sale starts Monday, June 29th. Girls, ready your nautical attire. Guys leave it at home?
To add to the fun, the fifty-two girls (and "girls") attending the show dressed in the most creative beach or nautical attire (sailor suits, bikinis, marine uniforms, mermaid costumes, etc) attending the concert will be given free tickets to a future show at The Highline Ballroom.
Other acts at the Beach this summer include Erykah Badu on August 4th, and a free show with Tragedy, an "All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees". Many more shows TBA, but you can see the full lineup for now, below. Some shows are free. $52 tickets for Erykah Badu go on sale Saturday, June 27th at noon.
The Highline/AEG-produced shows aren't the only music events on Governors Island this summer, though not all events there happen on the beach. Folks on the Island will happen on the island, and, Punk Island, a Make Music NY event in its second year, took place there on Sunday, June 21st. How did that show go? It looks like, despite the rain, headliner Reagan Youth drew a pretty sizeable crowd. Videos below.
The B-52s performing "Love Shack" with country act Sugarland at the CMT Awards on June 26th, is also below, along with with the full Beach at Governors Island schedule with all upcoming B-52s tour dates...
Punk Island @ Make Music 2008 on Governors Island (makemusicnewyork)
Make Music NY 2009 is happening around New York City on Sunday, June 21st. The free, outdoor-music event will turn street corners, sidewalks, and parks around the city into one-day music venues. One of those spots is Governors Island, where MMNY will again host a "Punk Island" lineup. Announced bands for 2009 include '80s hardcore punk band Reagan Youth (who played last year's event), Blanks '77, and "dozens more" to come.
Both bands are also scheduled to play the Underground Revolution Fest on May 22nd - 23rd at the Gramercy Theater, though no ticket info for that still.
Governors Island is also home to a new concert spot dubbed The Beach at Governors Island. The Highline Ballroom, who also three shows on the island last year, is presenting the first scheduled show at the location -- Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, Pete Francis and Barefoot Truth on July 11th. Tickets are on sale.
Also planned again for Governors Island this summer is Folks on the Island, a series of folk concerts, one of which will be headlined by Judy Collins on Sunday, July 26th.
"Punk Island" videos from last year, with hours and directions for Governors Island, below...
Governors Island Garden Party, 1910 (Library of Congress)