“We play both kinds.”
Happy new year to all of our friends, family, and fans. What a year it was for DPO, and we rang it out in style up in Alaska with a great run of three shows at the Alyeska resort and a ridiculous run of shows in the mountain towns of our home state of Colorado. Next up in February we head to Northern California for a run of shows, including a stop at the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, followed by a special guest sit-in in Auburn by guitarist Stu Allen (JGB). After that we head to Oregon and Washington for our first trip to that region, including a show in Seattle with the Jeff Austin Band. Beyond that we’ve got our sights on Florida and the rest of the East Coast, and the summer festival season is starting to take shape as well. Visit our upcoming shows page for the deets.
BTW some great recordings of our New Year’s run in Alaska can be found on Archive.org at this link.
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)
Chris Pandolfi & Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters)
Stu Allen (JGB, Mars Hotel, etc.)
Edwin Hurwitz (Shakedown Street, Shockra)
Tyler Grant (Grant Farm, Drew Emmitt Band)
Pete Wall (Particle, Motet)
Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)
Larry Keel (Bluegrass Legend!)
Jeff Lloyd (The Heavy Pets)