At first glance, seamlessly blending together the music of the
Grateful Dead and Phish may appear somewhat contradictory...even
blasphemous to some. Take away the basic approach grounded in lengthy
improvisations, and the repertoires of each band could not be more
Therefore, DPO is just as much a tribute to the collective energy of
the jamband scene as it is to the musical library of Phish and the
Grateful Dead....an excuse to bring together friends and fans in a
unique, if not slightly awkward setting that challenges conventional
thinking, keeps everyone guessing, and pays homage to the tunes and
experiences that have provided (and continue to provide) a lot of
pleasure to thousands the world over.
All that said, the band-members are trying not to take themselves too
seriously. One cannot help chuckling at the thought of bleeding a song
like Ruben & Cherise into Ha Ha Ha -- or Waste into Friend of the
Devil. No matter how you slice it, the tunes simply do not match up
easily, and writing the setlists has become a challenging task all to
itself! Regardless, it seems to be working so far -- and the first
show back in October did not result in any arrests or serious bodily
harm to either the band or the audience.
What the band-members do take seriously is playing the songs
accurately, while making every effort to maintain the character
integrity of both Phish and the Dead. Versus simply going back and
forth -- one song by Phish, one song by the Dead -- it is the segue
ways between songs where DPO takes liberties and stretches itself to
keep performances both fun and compelling for the audience. Each show
is merely a humble attempt to capture the spirit and energy of two
great bands whom we have grown up admiring, and have inspired us both
musically and personally.
DPO features former and current members of Great American Taxi, Phix,
and Mason's Children.
We humbly invite you to Split Open and Melt Your Face.