Dark Star Orchestra revealed that it will recreate the Grateful Dead‘s September 6th, 1980 performance at the State Fairgrounds in Lewiston, ME for the second night of their Live-In / Drive-In run at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA on September 6th.
The DSO concert comes as the Live Nation‘s Live-In/Drive-In concert series draws to a close. Over the past several weeks, the run of shows from the parking lot of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ home stadium has hosted Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Struts, Mt. Joy, Subtronics, and more, with a show by Lotus on Friday and the DSO Labor Day run still ahead. The series will end following the Labor Day Comedy Jam, featuring an array of comics hosted by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Corey Townes.
In a press release, Dark Star Orchestra detailed the Grateful Dead’s long and illustrious history with the City of Brotherly Love. Over the band’s 27 year history of playing Philadelphia, the Dead performed at a wide variety of venues beginning at the Electric Factory and working their way up to the Spectrum and eventually JFK Stadium. Yet, it was the Spectrum that would become one of their many homes away from home, as the Grateful Dead performed there a record-setting 53 times between 1968 and 1995.
For their second of two Philly shows, Dark Star Orchestra will take on the Dead’s 9/6/80 performance in Lewiston, ME in honor of the concert’s 40th anniversary. The concert itself is an easily overlooked one from a pivotal period in the band’s career, as “the new guy” Brent Mydland was still finding his footing in the group. Things got off early with a 15-minute “Sugaree” coming in the three slot, followed not too long after by a “Feel Like A Stranger” that stretched out to over 13-minutes to create an uncharacteristically explorative first set.
The second set saw the band giving the people more of what they came for, opening up with the fan-favorite “Shakedown Street” and riding it right into “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”. The rest of the show is full of more road-tested favorites, including “Althea”, and “Playing in the Band” which led into “Uncle John’s Band” to eventually kick off “Drums” and “Space”. While this might not be the most heavily-requested Grateful Dead show from the period, it’s definitely not one to be forgotten.
Dark Star Orchestra has not yet announced the show it will recreate for September 5th at Live-In / Drive-In. Tickets to both nights are available here.