Indy Mojo has been busy this week. With three different shows in two different locations it’s not going to be an easy pick on where you will end up this Thursday. Digital Tape Machine, The Expendables, and Dark Star Orchestra are all playing the same night in Indy on March 12th. Mojo has a sneak peak on what to expect from these bands.

Digital Tape Machine

 

digital tape machine

Digital Tape machine is a Chicago-based band featuring Marcus Rezak, Joe Hettinga, Bryan Doherty, and Neal Wehman. In an era where electronic music has become an array of different genres this sound can be compared to video game music, electronic dance, and dance house. In other words, this band knows how to get the party started with their edgy dance music.

Their new track, “Beast” (streaming below) has an upbeat tempo with some heavy shredding by guitarist Marcus Rezak. Speaking of shredding, view the video below and listen to some new sounds coming your way this week.

Come out Thursday February 12th to the Mousetrap. Bring $8 for the entry fee and be ready to move because Digital Tape Machine will keep you dancing all night!

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Also playing this Thursday is The Expendables and Dark Star Orchestra at Old National Center.

The Expendables

The Expendables are reggae funk band known for their song, “Packed This Bowl For Two” and they want to smoke it with you. Tickets are only $20 so get off your couch and catch them live, you won’t be disappointed.

Dark Star Orchestra

Though they are considered a cover band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) looks to bend the mold, change the circumstances and be more than just a cover band. Many loyal followers of the music have tried, from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra.

To see more on Dark Star Orchestra click here for the full article.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

 

 

 

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Grateful Dead, many deadheads and music lovers alike have been coming together to remember their favorite jam band of all time. Having booked the “Fare The Well” shows in Chicago, the fear of possibly never hearing those sweet tunes in person again has become ever more of a reality for many.

The connection between music and the human soul is a story as old as time itself. The universal connection is something that binds people and their relationships with each other, so to say that music influences our lives is an understatement.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Though they are considered a cover band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) looks to bend the mold, change the circumstances and be more than just a cover band. Many loyal followers of the music have tried, from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra.

DSO is known for performing shows based on the original set lists of actual Grateful Dead concerts, citing the date and venue at the end of their performance. For steadfast fans, this is a fun opportunity to discover a new favorite Grateful Dead show they might not have known about.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Dark Star Orchestra doesn’t just play the specific set list though; they cater each and every show specifically to the era in which they are recreating. From changing their arrangement to musical structure and even instruments, accuracy is a highly-regarded element of every performance.

DSO is also known for the fact that five members of the original Grateful Dead have occasionally sat in on their shows throughout their nearly 15 years and over 2,200 shows on the road. Band members include Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on drums, Skip Vangelas on bass, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Rob Barraco on keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Mattson on lead guitar.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Dark Star Orchestra

Thursday February 12, 8 PM

Old National Center

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Can’t make it to DSO and not sure if you’ll get the farewell tour tickets you mailed in for? We can’t recommend The Dark Star Jubilee enough. Named Favorite Longstanding Festival in our 2014 Year in Review, The Dark Star Jubilee is your best bet for a family-friendly Midwestern festival free from digitally produced music.

Dark Star Jubilee 2015

The music of the Grateful Dead has been an iconic staple in the fabric of the jam band community, spanning over three decades and more then 35 million albums sold. They have been ranked as the greatest band of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine as well as having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though some would say it’s hard, nay impossible, to recreate the music of the dead, that has not stopped hundreds of bands, many loyal followers of the music from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra (DSO).

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

DSO is known for performing shows based on the original set lists of Grateful Dead concerts, citing the date and venue at the end of their performance. For fans this is a fun opportunity to discover a new favorite Grateful Dead show they didn’t know about. On any given night they will draw from the Dead’s catalog and play an original show, something to appeal to new and old heads alike. This Friday in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Center in Downtown Indy, DSO will take the stage to give us their annual show, while staying true to the bands commitment of “raising the dead.”

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

DSO doesn’t just play the specific set list though, they cater each and every show specifically to the era in which they are recreating. From changing their arrangement to musical structure and even instruments, they hold precision accuracy as a key element to every show played. DSO is also known for the fact that five members of the original Grateful Dead have occasionally sat in on their shows throughout their nearly 15 years and over 2200 shows on the road. Band members include Rob Eaton on Rhythm Guitar and vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on Drums, Skip Vangelas on bass, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Rob Barraco on Keyboards and Vocals, and Jeff Mattson on lead guitar.

The show is set to take place this Friday, February 7th; doors open at 8PM. Tickets will all be general admission standing room as is traditional with all shows in the Egyptian Room. Ticket prices are set at $23.50 for the show and can be purchased at the door.

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

For those of you who don’t want to wait in line for will call or to get tickets the night of, you can purchase tickets online here. To try to connect with other fans going, check out one of the many Facebook pages for the event.

I look forward to seeing you out for what is sure to be a wonderful evening full of great music and great people.

A lot of bands attempt to recreate the music of the beloved Grateful Dead, but all pale in comparison to Dark Star Orchestra. Normally theater/club shows feature DSO fully recreating a specific Dead show, which is actually amazing. This wasn’t the case for the show at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater; concertgoers were treated with a rare treat in the form of an acoustic set. A set described by Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar/vocals) as a “stools and stories set”. The evening began with the director of the venue explaining its role in Bloomington’s history¸ the notion of it being owned by the city, and recognition of donors. After the brief formality, DSO took the stage. In an attempt to pass time while certain members got situated, Alice’s Restaurant filled the air in a playful manner. Also something worth noting, Jeff Mattson (lead guitar/vocals/Jerry comparative), was a new member I hadn’t seen play with the band since he joined full-time in 2010. I was especially excited to see Mattson perform given the fact that he is a founding member of the Zen Tricksters, who have been playing Dead covers for over 30 years.

After the initial silliness, Dark Star opened up with “Dire Wolf”, easily atop my list of Grateful Dead songs. It was a pleasantly surprising acoustic rendition of the lyrically amazing song. I must be completely honest, I was skeptical before the show due to it being an acoustic show, but from the beginning it was highly impressive. Another highlight in the show was when they played “Operator”, a song which is featured on the famed Dead album American Beauty. I was blown away with how well DSO executed the song, adding an excellent element with their personal touch. Things just seemed to keep getting better during the show, especially when they covered Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough”. I was completely blown away by this cover and it was easily my favorite part of the show. DSO continued to impress me, playing “The Thrill is Gone”, a song that digs deep within my soul and makes my mind and body feel magical. The show was fun and very energetic, with Rob Barraco (keys/vocals) fueling the tempo with amazing piano solos.

Further adding to the luster of the show was when they played “Cassidy”, another song very dear to me. Things truly got silly when Lisa Mackey (vocals) whipped out the kazoo during “Tell It To Me (Cocaine Blues)”. It was pretty much awesome and you could sense the band was truly having a lot of fun onstage. Another highlight of the show was that they covered the Everly Brother’s “Wake Up A Little Susie”. It was spot on and kind of made me giggle, in a very good way. All in all, it was an unbelievable show. I felt very impressed leaving the show. DSO was the first club show I saw upon turning 21 oh so many years ago, and the ever-changing group has definitely made positive growth throughout the years. Click here to checkout more photos from the show.

Written by: Alex Toy

Photos by: Aaron Lingenfelter, Wide Aperture Images