“We play both kinds.”
Spring is in the air, and summer is just around the corner! We are just getting settled in back home after some great shows in and around New York, and a sold out 4/20 show here in CO. Most of May is fairly quiet for us, until a 2-night blowout at Denver’s Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple on May 25-26, and a headlining slot at the Boulder Creek Festival on May 27. The rest of the summer will find us all over the U.S. literally from Atlanta to Alaska and many places in between. These will include the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Grateful Getdown in Pennsylvania, the Northwest String Summit in Oregon, and Uncle John’s Rendezvous in California. As always, visit our upcoming shows page for all the deets.
Baker’s Dozen pre-party / Daytime Booze Cruise
New York City, Saturday, July 22
We couldn’t be any more stoked to announce that DPO will be playing a very special pre-Phish boat cruise on the afternoon of July 22 in New York City. Presented by Rocks Off Concert Cruises, The Jewel will take us on a 3-hour tour (a threeee-hour toooouuur) of Manhattan’s East River, including a swing around Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. DPO will provide the entertainment with two full sets of music. It is sure to be a very special event, and we hope you’ll jump on board.
Doors 1pm, boat leaves at 2 and returns at 5.
20% discount if you BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE
FESTIVAL SEASON IS ON THE WAY!
DPO at the Northwest String Summit
July 13-16 2017
Featuring DPO with acoustic/bluegrass sets and late night electric jams with our many Colorado friends who will be at the festival with us. Lineup, schedule, camping info, tickets, etc. are available at StringSummit.com. Details will be added to our upcoming shows page as they become available!
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)
Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident)
Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal, Fareed Haque Group)
Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon, Drew Emmitt Band)
Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)
Chris Pandolfi & Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters)
Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin Band)
Stu Allen (JGB, Mars Hotel, etc.)
Dave Hebert (JGB)
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)
Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove)