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In photos: Dark Star Orchestra at GLA

For 25 years, DSO have played 3,100 shows, culling songs from popular Dead tours and blending new sets. (MoonFrog Media/Tom Dorgan)

WILMINGTON — The ultimate Grateful Dead tribute act performed at Tuesday, May 16, at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

The seven-piece jam band tours extensively annually, recreating Dead experiences, but never replicating a setlist. For 25 years, they have played 3,100 shows, culling songs from popular Dead tours to create unique sets.

According to MoonFrog Media’s Tom Dorgan, who caught photos of the show for Port City Daily, DSO tapped into 1976 — Sept. 25, to be precise — in Wilmington earlier this week.

“It was a great show and one that was released by the Grateful Dead in their Dick’s Pick Vol. 20,” Dorgan said.

Dick’s Pick is a series of 36 multi-CD sets of live Dead music from the band’s vault.

The DSO show was an early one, starting at 5 p.m., and included quite a few covers the Dead did back in the day — “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard and “Not Fade Away” by The Crickets, for instance.

Below are the setlists and photos:

Set 1

New Minglewood Blues (Noaj Lewis)
Ramble On Rose
Brown Eyed Women
Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
It’s All Over Now (The Valentinos)
Let It Grow

Set 2

Lazy Lightnin’ > Supplication (Kingfish)
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo
Dancing In The Street (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)
Cosmic Charlie
Scarlet Begonias
Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away (The Crickets) > Drums > Jam > Saint Stephen > Sugar Magnolia
Mr. Charlie

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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