Dark Star Orchestra

Veridian Credit Union Presents "Nitefall on the River"

Dark Star Orchestra

Pert Near Sandstone

Wed, July 3, 2013

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra
Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for over 13 years and more than 1800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these 7 fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra's members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.

Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It's about a sense of familiarity. It's about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It's about a contagious energy, ... in short, it's about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.

Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the United States and Europe. They continue to grow their fan base by playing at larger venues for two and even three nightstands as well as performing at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, All Good Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Wakarusa and 10,000 Lakes. In addition, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own annual gathering, Gratefulfest, where they headline three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up and coming national touring acts.

Fans and critics haven't been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The band has featured guest performances from original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and many more...
Pert Near Sandstone
Pert Near Sandstone
Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.

Pert Near Sandstone emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. They decided without any real intentions to start playing shows and the chemistry of their music and friendships, even early on, left people feeling like the party followed them everywhere they went. Word of the bands' uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota's most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.

The band has been taking their show across the country, paying their dues in smoke filled taverns and roadside juke joints while organically building a dedicated following from coast-to-coast. Their formative years on the road painstakingly paved the Pert Near path as the band traversed from city-to-city winning over audiences "the old fashioned way"; face-to-face. Over the course of the next five years, the band maintained a full touring schedule appearing at many national festivals and sharing the stage with many legendary musical talents; the likes of Del McCoury, WILCO and Yonder Mountain Stringband.

In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, "The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond." Fellow Minnesota speed-grass band Trampled by Turtles is proud to waive the Pert Near flag high and wide with band leader Dave Simonett calling Pert Near Sandstone one of his "favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States."
The band's stock is sharply on the rise with their recent victory at the prestigious Northwest String Summit Band Competition. The band's originally arranged rendition of The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus", from the Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 2 (2010), was inducted into Minnesota Public Radio's (89.3 The Current) Chart Show Hall of Fame in January of 2011 following 12 weeks on the Top 20 list; 10 of these weeks in the top 5, and 5 weeks at #1.
With the release of their fourth album, Paradise Hop, Pert Near Sandstone has managed to harness the raw energy of their famed live shows and inject it into 12 tracks of original material and a couple of originally arranged traditional songs sprinkled on top. The band's trials and tribulations, encountered during life on the road as a Modern American Strigband, spill out in vivid detail on tracks like "Long Decline", "Appalachian Girl" and "Solid Gone". Wild-eyed, lightning fast tracks like "Reuben's Train", "Crossroads" and "Paradise Hop" place the band's commanding technical prowess front-and-center, while a much more cerebral and introspective facet of the band's songwriting shines through on tracks like "Save Me" and "Parse". Paradise Hop is a celebration of life in all of its glorious peaks and torturously painful valleys that leaves listeners with an acute sense of what it's like to step into the beautifully twisted world of Pert Near Sandstone.

MEMBERS
Nate Sipe: Mandolin, Fiddle
Kevin Kniebel: Banjo
J Lenz: Acoustic Guitar
Adam Kiesling: Upright Bass
Andy Lambert: Clogs & Washboard
DISCOGRAPHY
2005 – Live: Just Outside of Sandstone
2007 – Up & Down the River
2008 – Needle & Thread
2009 – Out On A Spree
2011 – Paradise Hop (release date 11.15.2012)
Venue Information:
Simon Estes Amphitheater
75 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/SimonEstes.aspx