18 episodes

The Music Plays the Band is a podcast from Dark Star Orchestra Drummer Rob Koritz about the influence of the Grateful Dead on the life and career of professional musicians from the jamband world and beyond. With the premise being musicians who like the Grateful Dead really love talking about the Grateful Dead, Rob has long form conversations with some of your favorite musicians about how they got turned on to the band and the impact it had on their life, music and careers. In addition to the feature interview, each episode will have three mini-segments:The Black Music Moment, highlighting the monumental influence of Black Music on the sound of the Grateful Dead. The Sarno Music Solutions Breakdown with audio guru Brad Sarno about ideas and techniques that shed light on the sonic secrets from the Grateful Dead audio world. There's a Grateful Dead Cover Band in Every Town features conversations with local Grateful Dead bands from around the country, discussing different approaches to covering the music and the communities that have developed around these scenes. With Dark Star Orchestra unable to tour due to the Pandemic, like many touring musicians Rob found himself in the unusual place of having lots of time at home. Not being able to bring the music to the people, Rob began engaging with fans online doing question and answer sessions, as well as some live interviews. As is often the case when dealing in all things Grateful Dead, events started taking on a life of their own and Rob was approached by old friends and St. Louis songwriting/production team Brothers Lazaroff about wanting to help Rob take these conversations further and create a formal podcast. After a few Zoom calls the plan was hatched. Pulling from his lifetime as a professional touring musician specializing in the music of the Grateful Dead, Rob is excited to bring conversations he feels are largely missing from the cannon of Grateful Dead inspired content. The Music Plays the Band is generously supported bySarno Music Solutions, Blue Jade Audio, The Authenticity Academy, Grateful Sweats and the Clean Store. Learn more and support the show at www.patreon.com/themusicplays

The Music Plays the Band w/ Rob Koritz of Dark Star Orchestra Rob Koritz

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The Music Plays the Band is a podcast from Dark Star Orchestra Drummer Rob Koritz about the influence of the Grateful Dead on the life and career of professional musicians from the jamband world and beyond. With the premise being musicians who like the Grateful Dead really love talking about the Grateful Dead, Rob has long form conversations with some of your favorite musicians about how they got turned on to the band and the impact it had on their life, music and careers. In addition to the feature interview, each episode will have three mini-segments:The Black Music Moment, highlighting the monumental influence of Black Music on the sound of the Grateful Dead. The Sarno Music Solutions Breakdown with audio guru Brad Sarno about ideas and techniques that shed light on the sonic secrets from the Grateful Dead audio world. There's a Grateful Dead Cover Band in Every Town features conversations with local Grateful Dead bands from around the country, discussing different approaches to covering the music and the communities that have developed around these scenes. With Dark Star Orchestra unable to tour due to the Pandemic, like many touring musicians Rob found himself in the unusual place of having lots of time at home. Not being able to bring the music to the people, Rob began engaging with fans online doing question and answer sessions, as well as some live interviews. As is often the case when dealing in all things Grateful Dead, events started taking on a life of their own and Rob was approached by old friends and St. Louis songwriting/production team Brothers Lazaroff about wanting to help Rob take these conversations further and create a formal podcast. After a few Zoom calls the plan was hatched. Pulling from his lifetime as a professional touring musician specializing in the music of the Grateful Dead, Rob is excited to bring conversations he feels are largely missing from the cannon of Grateful Dead inspired content. The Music Plays the Band is generously supported bySarno Music Solutions, Blue Jade Audio, The Authenticity Academy, Grateful Sweats and the Clean Store. Learn more and support the show at www.patreon.com/themusicplays

    Ep 17. Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne)

    Ep 17. Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne)

    Rob welcomes Aaron Comess, drummer from the Spin Doctors.  Hear how the Dead had an early influence on his playing and career, as well as his insight into the  early 90's genesis of the jamband scene as we know it today and much more.
    We focus on the immortal Sam Cooke in the Black Music Moment and welcome Josh Daniel from Charlotte NC who talks about his local Dead scene and having the pleasure to perform both with his band and as a solo artist.

    In part 3 of our conversation with Rick Turner, he shares how the idea of the Wall of Sound became a reality.

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    Sarno Music Solutions
    Producing the finest musical instrument audio gear, designed and hand-built in St. Louis, Missouri

    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
    St louis’s primary audio mastering service since 1999

    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

    Grateful Sweats
    Subtle and Unique Dead Inspired Gear
    CLEAN Store
    Software driven solutions and concierge service for all of your branding and apparel needs




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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 16 Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

    Episode 16 Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

    In this episode, Rob has the honor of talking to Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon about his career, his love of the the Grateful Dead, and how the two have connected over the years.  Vince discusses the influence of Jerry and the role it played in the various stages of his creative life.    

    We honor The Mississippi Sheiks in the Black Music Moment,  continue our talk with Rick Turner in the Sarno Music Solutions Breakdown, and talk with Tom Ryan from the band Cubensis about playing Grateful Dead music in Los Angeles in the There is a Dead Cover Band in Every Town. 
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    Sarno Music Solutions
    Producing the finest musical instrument audio gear, designed and hand-built in St. Louis, Missouri

    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
    St louis’s primary audio mastering service since 1999

    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

    Grateful Sweats
    Subtle and Unique Dead Inspired Gear
    CLEAN Store
    Software driven solutions and concierge service for all of your branding and apparel needs




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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Special Edition-Rob Koritz (Dark Star Orchestra)/Brothers Lazaroff

    Special Edition-Rob Koritz (Dark Star Orchestra)/Brothers Lazaroff

    While we are on the holiday break, we turn the tables, as the Brothers Lazaroff take the reins for a conversation with Rob.  Listen as Rob talks about his perception of the podcast, what he finds most interesting about the process, his guests and more!

    We will be back with Episode 16 featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon on July 15th.
    Have a fun, safe holiday!!



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    • 28 min
    Ep 15 Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra)

    Ep 15 Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra)

    In this episode Rob goes deep with bandmate Jeff Mattson,  touching on his musical upbringing, and how he was hooked on the Dead at an early age.   Jeff also gives us first hand insight about his collaborations with Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and the adjustment period he went through when he joined DSO

    In the first of a series of segments to come, Rob talks with master luthier and co-designer of the Wall of Sound, Rick Turner.  This week he explains how he got into guitar building and his first association with the Grateful Dead.

    Billy Melv of Kansas City's Better Off Dead joins us for the cover band segment and we honor Bobby"Blue" Bland in the Black Music Moment

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    Sarno Music Solutions
    Producing the finest musical instrument audio gear, designed and hand-built in St. Louis, Missouri

    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
    St louis’s primary audio mastering service since 1999

    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    EP 14 Holly Bowling (Solo Piano, Ghost Light)

    EP 14 Holly Bowling (Solo Piano, Ghost Light)

    Rob sits down with pianist Holly Bowling to discuss her singular approach to interpreting the music of the Grateful Dead, dissecting both the traditional and experimental techniques that she employs in achieving her unique sound.  Holly talks about touring as a solo artists versus fitting in with an ensemble.

    We honor the great Koko Taylor in the Black Music Moment and talk with Jake Wolf from the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review in  There is a Grateful Dead Cover Band in Every Town.

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    Sarno Music Solutions
    Producing the finest musical instrument audio gear, designed and hand-built in St. Louis, Missouri

    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
    St louis’s primary audio mastering service since 1999

    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 13 Cris Jacobs ( Cris Jacobs Band, Neville/Jacobs Project, The Bridge)

    Ep. 13 Cris Jacobs ( Cris Jacobs Band, Neville/Jacobs Project, The Bridge)

    Rob reconnects with guitarist and singer-songwriter Chris Jacobs, about being raised by Deadheads, his seminal early Grateful Dead experiences, and eventual gigs as a member of Phil Lesh and Friends.  Chris breaks down the overarching influence the Dead has had on his own artistry, and how it inspired him to find his own way to mix the styles. 
    We honor Lightnin'  Hopkins in the Black Music Moment,  continue the talk about Dan Healy in the Sarno Music Solutions Breakdown, and talk with Teenage Dead cover group RVA Fadeaway about growing up in the scene and carrying the torch in There is a Grateful Dead Cover Band in Every Town.

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    Subtle and Unique Dead Inspired Gear
    Sarno Music Solutions
    Producing the finest musical instrument audio gear, designed and hand-built in St. Louis, Missouri

    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
    St louis’s primary audio mastering service since 1999

    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

    CLEAN Store Software driven solutions and concierge service for all of your branding and apparel needs
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Big Jon 😉 ,

DSO

This organization “ is at the top of there game “ Jeff and J-K “ are simply the BEST “ you can close your eyes “ while listening and think : 😯 WOW IS THAT “””” JERRY 🤔or Rob playing rhythm “ is that BOBBY 😉thanks for your shows Rob “ JON SHIELD : Harmonica “ PS / the TONE “ the sound is amazing GARÇIA is very proud !!!!!!!!!

lamars the goat ,

For lovers of the dead that want a deep dive.

Rob is a great interviewer who asks great questions and knows the music so well. I recommend to anyone who loves talking about the Grateful Dead and it’s never ending influence on modern music and culture!

itsDLF ,

Great Guests and Excellent Host

If a marginal Dead fan can love this podcast then you know it’s good. Really enjoyed the segments and its free-flowing style. Rob does an awesome job.

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