Dark Star Orchestra, State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, Friday, August 10, 9 p.m.
Agh, I just can’t help myself. I’ve recommended this group too often, but seriously, it’s one of the best shows for the price that you can see, if you are at all into classic rock music. This is the best cover band of all representing the Grateful Dead. It’s so good that Dead co-founder Bob Weir has said he’s sometimes thought he was hearing Jerry Garcia himself when the DSO’s lead singer John Kadlecik was singing, and original vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, who sometimes performs with this group, said, “It feels just like playing with the Grateful Dead.” Each night the group performs the actual set list from one of the Dead’s 2,500 shows it performed over a 30-year period. No telling what show will be replicated this Friday, or whether Donna Jean will be there.