Dark Star Orchestra with a classic Dead show at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Sat, Nov. 17

All cover bands can boast possessing the passion for and knowledge of their respected band’s catalog of music.

Some can even stake claim to having the technical prowess to perform each song to near perfection.

Few, if any, however, have had actual members of the original band sit in and play alongside them.

For legions of Grateful Dead fans, Dark Star Orchestra is the live music experience they never could experience before Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Many of them were too young and have since developed an appreciation for the quintessential jam band from which Phish, .moe, Pidgeons Playing Ping Pong and thousands more spawned.