Summer is wrapping up and we’re getting ready for the Phish shows here in our great state of Colorado. DPO has a couple of Denver shows on Aug. 22 & 23, and we’re also very excited to announce another “Pickin’ On The Dead & Phish” gig (bluegrass interpretations of Dead & Phish songs) in Denver on Thursday, 8/28 (the night before Phish). This time we will be featuring the banjo wizardry of Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters! Visit the upcoming shows page for the skinny.
The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene.
While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens.
The guys in DPO have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles. Setlists end up with segues that look like Divided Sky > Morning Dew > Divided Sky, or Help > Slip > Frankenstein. Or how about Mike’s Song > Stella Blue > Weekapaug Groove. Or even stranger, like My Friend, My Friend of the Devil…or It Must Have Been The Roses Are Free. You can see that between the vast repertoires of the two bands, the possibilities are endless.
It’s just about as much fun as humans are allowed to have.
We are fortunate to know a lot of great musicians here in Colorado and elsewhere, and one of our favorite things to do is invite guest musicians to join us for songs, sets, or entire shows. DPO has had many guest musicians onstage with us, including:
John Kadlecik (Furthur)
Sunshine Garcia Becker (Furthur)
Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident)
Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal, Fareed Haque Group)
Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon, Drew Emmitt Band)
Edwin Hurwitz (Shakedown Street, Shockra)
Tyler Grant (Grant Farm, Drew Emmitt Band)
Pete Wall (Particle, Motet)
Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)
Larry Keel (Bluegrass Legend!)
Background artwork by Lauri Keener