The hype was surrounding Town Ballroom on November 12 as Dark Star Orchestra was set to open up the tour in Buffalo, NY. Fans from all over the state drove in to get their Grateful Dead fix and with DSO giving them the closest experience a band could. DSO is known for playing an entire show from what the original Dead played and seemed to pick the perfect show for this night. Reaching deep into the catalog, the group chose a show from August 18, 1970 which took place in San Francisco. “Truckin'” opened things up and why wouldn’t it have, with Buffalo being cemented in the lyrics since the beginning; it was the perfect song to be played in any show in Buffalo. There were a lot of great classics as well as some songs that were not in every show, making the show an all around delight, especially with an all acoustic second set. If DSO comes to your area make sure to dust off your tie dyes and make it out, it will take you back to a simpler time and place and lets you leave your troubles at the door.
Set One: Truckin’, Dire Wolf, Friend Of The Devil, Dark Hollow, Ripple > Brokedown Palace, Operator, Rosalie McFall, New Speedway Boogie, Cold Jordan > Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Set Two: Dancing In The Street, Next Time You See Me, Mama Tried, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Sugar Magnolia, Attics Of My Life, It’s A Man’s World, > Not Fade Away, Casey Jones > Uncle John’s Band
Filler: Alligator > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > New Orleans
* Show originally played by The Grateful Dead on 8/18/1970 San Francisco, CA