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

Rob Koritz

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

Recent Episodes

Ep 22 Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers)October 14, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 21 Mark Karan ( Ratdog, The Other Ones)September 29, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 20 Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay (Grateful Dead)September 16, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 19 Jay Lane (Ratdog, Wolf Bros., Primus)August 26, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 18. Barry Sless (Phil and Friends, David Nelson Band, Full Moonalice and much more)August 12, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 17. Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne)July 29, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 16 Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)July 14, 2021 Episode artwork Special Edition-Rob Koritz (Dark Star Orchestra)/Brothers LazaroffJuly 01, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 15 Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra)June 17, 2021 Episode artwork EP 14 Holly Bowling (Solo Piano, Ghost Light)June 03, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 13 Cris Jacobs ( Cris Jacobs Band, Neville/Jacobs Project, The Bridge)May 20, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 12 Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass)May 06, 2021 Episode artwork Ep 11 Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)April 22, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 10 Reed Mathis (Billy and the Kids, Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and more)April 08, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 9 John Molo (Phil and Friends, Bruce Hornsby, John Fogerty and more)March 25, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 7 Jeff Chimenti (Dead and Company)March 10, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 8 Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Phil Lesh) March 10, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 6 Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits)February 25, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 5 Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mountain String Band) February 11, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 4 Vinnie Amico (moe.)January 28, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 3 Kenny Withrow (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)January 14, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 2 Keller Williams January 07, 2021 Episode artwork Ep. 1 Rob Barraco (Phil Lesh Quintet, Dark Star Orchestra, Zen Tricksters)December 30, 2020 Episode artwork