Guitarist Stu Allen will join Dark Star Orchestra on tour this spring. Zen Tricksters founder Jeff Mattson has primarily played lead guitar in the band since DSO founder John Kadlecik joined Furthur. The members of Dark Star Orchestra have not named a permanent replacement for Kadlecik.
The Louisville, KY-born Stu Allen co-founded the Minnesota-based jamband Blue Man Jive in the 1990s. Since 2004 he has played guitar with Melvin Seals & JGB. Allen will join Dark Star Orchestra on the road beginning with a show at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up on April 7.
In other news, DSO rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton has confirmed a series of shows with his other Grateful Dead tribute band American Beauty. Those dates can be found below:
American Beauty Shows
March 13 Denver, CO—Quixotes True Blue
March 17 Keystone, CO—The Goat Tavern
March 19 Aspen, CO—Belly Up
March 20 Avon, CO—Agave
March 27 Steamboat Springs, CO—Mahogany Ridge Brewery