Sam Bush autographed ticket

Jamgrass Festival Sunday August 4, 2002 Ampitheater At Station Square Pittsburgh, PA

Performing: David Grisman Quartet, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Sam Bush Band, John Cowan and John Rice, Yonder String Mountian Band, Fungus, Music From The Hip, Esquavez, Mountain Therapy, Timber Ridge, and Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra

(John Kadlecik, Scott Larned, Rob Eaton, Kevin Rosen, Rob Koritz,  Lisa Mackey, and Dino English )

Set 1: Acoustic: On The Road Again/Deep Elem/ El Paso/ Friend Of The Devil/ Mexicali Blues/ To Lay Me Down/Cassidy/Attics Of My Life

Peter Rowan Group

 Yonder String Mountain Band

No Expectations/I Loved You Enough/Idaho/I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/Crooked Hitch/Spanish Harlem Incident/On the Run/Only a Northern Song

David Grisman Quartet

 (Matt Eakle, Enrique Coria, David Grisman, Jim Kerwin and Joe Craven)


Dark Star Orchestra
Set 2: Electric:
Cumberland/ Half Step*>Big River*/Strange Man/ Truckin>Drumz>Terrapin Station>Noy Fade Away

 Encore: We Bid You Goodnight  

 *with Jeff Austin of YMSB on mandolin

This was a daylong festival featuring several bluegrass bands. A highlight was the Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra playing a rare acoustic set. Well they were opening the day so I go down around noon to see the set. Fuck, it was a LOOOOONG day. How many beers can you drink on a hot day on asphalt. Did I pace myself with those said beers? NOOOOO! By the time 10 p.m. rolled around I had it up to here with beer, bluegrass music and that pseudo hippie vibe. There actually were some incredible musicians playing but I was too dehydrated to care.

Review from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Amphitheatre at Station Square was awash in tie-dye for Sunday's Jamgrass, a curious tour that pairs Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra with nearly a dozen bluegrass and acoustic bands.

Dark Star prides itself on studying the ancient bootlegs and accurately depicting entire three-hour-plus Grateful Dead concerts, note for note. With only 1 1/2 hours of stage time capping the daylong festival, they re-created moments from the Dead's early years, with Lisa Mackey clapping her hands and wailing in the role of singer Donna Godchaux. The show exploded with a long, trippy percussion solo.

Experts can gauge the accuracy of Dark Star's musical reproduction, but it was the scene that mattered most. At any given time, only about a third of the 3,000 people in the festival crowd paid attention to the main stage. The rest mingled on the periphery and basked in the shared experience.

The David Grisman Quartet played to the opposite philosophy, offering defiantly original acoustic music, much of it from the band's new Dawg Nation disc.

Some of the top purveyors of traditional music shared the bill, including Sam Bush Band, Rowan and Rice, and The John Cowan Band. Local and regional bands playing the second stage included Fungus, Music from the Hip, Esquavez, Mountain Therapy and Timber Ridge.

-- John Hayes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

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