Dark star Orchestra somehow climbed past the usual level of dead cover band. As most generally only gain notoriety and fan base in one region, they somehow can fill a room nationwide.
For me the Dead was a huge exciting adventure. Leaving home, trying to see every show, seeing friends, sharing crazy stories of epic proportions, driving a school bus cross country with a la-z-boy recliner as the drivers seat, Meeting and befriending people who had done what i was doing for years. There was this whole history behind it. There was a feeling that anything was possible... and sprinkled in that adventure were these amazing concerts, where from wherever you stood you could see everything from people prostrating themselves in prayer over Jerry's notes. people trying to stay clean, people who are watching the heavens open and music pour out on crazed psychedelics, heroin addicts, bunko's, dealers, students, businessmen etc... just an incredible slice of Americana.
So...Obviously, nobody can "cover" all that. That said, I saw DSO and I had a few goose bump moments where I thought.. "wow, these guys get it"..I was impressed it was a fun night out (as I'm getting older and kids etc..nights out are rare..lol)