Agave hosts DeadPhish Orchestra on Saturday, March 26 |

Agave hosts DeadPhish Orchestra on Saturday, March 26

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The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who play the music of jam-band icons The Grateful Dead and Phish. They perform at Agave in Avon on Saturday, March 26.
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If you go …

What: DeadPhish Orchestra.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

Where: Agave, 1060 W. beaver Creek Blvd., Avon.

Cost: $12 at the door. Show is 21 and older.

More information: Call 970-748-8666, or visit

AVON — The band DeadPhish Orchestra is back again for its annual Agave throw down, playing your favorite Grateful Dead and Phish tunes as you dance the night away. The 21-and-older event happens today in Avon.

The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians, close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, both pillars of the jam-band scene.

While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead is an earthy, folky, bluesy band, where Phish is sharper around the edges — funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens.

The guys in DeadPish Orchestra have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles. Set lists end up with segues that look like “Divided Sky,” “Morning Dew” or “Help/Slip/Frankenstein.” Or how about “Mike’s Song,” “Stella Blue” and “Weekapaug Groove.” Or, even stranger, “My Friend, My Friend of the Devil” or “It Must Have Been The Roses,” “Rose Are Free.”

You can see that between the vast repertoires of the two bands, the possibilities are endless. Learn more about the band at deadphish

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