Staying up late. Putting on the bling. Wearing funny glasses. Watching the Bubble Guy at First Night. Eating too much. Drinking too much. Watching the ball drop at Times Square. Kissing at midnight.
Or, like photographer Michael Stahl, watching the Dark Star Orchestra at the Wellmont.
Dark Star Orchestra took the Wellmont theater audience on a trip through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with a three set show featuring a set of music from each decade. Our group of deadheads and “Not deadheads” loved the show. The band amazingly captures the spirit of the Grateful Dead from the various decades and they uncannily recreate the music–without seeming like cheesy copy cats.
The show ran from 8 until 1 with only 2 short breaks between the “decades.” All three sets were full of energy but the first, from 1969, was killer, especially for the more hard core among us. I never got the Fillmore East (too young) but that first set seemed to transport me back to that time and space.
Wherever you were, whatever you did, Happy New Year 2012!