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Soundcheck: Dark Star Orchestra in Bloomington tonight 

click to enlarge Dark Star Orchestra is coming to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington tonight. - BOB MINKIN
  • Dark Star Orchestra is coming to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington tonight.
  • Bob Minkin

Dark Star Orchestra is landing in Bloomington Indiana at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre tonight. The group is internationally famous for their cover shows, built from the very grand catalogue of Grateful Dead pieces. Encompassing the entire 30 year career of the Grateful Dead, Dark Star Orchestra is engaging for fans old enough to remember their first Dead concert and young enough to just enjoy adding their tracks to iPods now. And there's a twist -- their pieces in exact set list order of an actual Dead show. Today we chatted briefly with Dark Star Orchestras' drummer Rob Koritz.

NUVO: Could you give us a bit of background on yourself and the band?

Rob Koritz: Yeah! The band started in 1995 and I joined in 1999. I got a call from a friend that knew the band needed a second drummer and hear I am. We've been on the road for about 14 years now. We've played over 2,000 shows all over the country

NUVO: You do perform original scores along with the Grateful Dead selection; could you tell us about your influences for the original pieces?

Koritz: Aw man, so many. Probably everything of music I have ever heard has influenced [the original songs] one way or another; there's too many names to name.

NUVO: I heard you're having a festival soon; could you tell us a bit about that?

Koritz: Yeah, the line up will come up tomorrow for the Dark Star Jubilee. It's Memorial Day weekend and we will be hosting it at Legend Valley, Thornville, Ohio. It will have many great bands, including a lot of our friends. It's three nights of Dark Star Orchestra with camping right by the stage. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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