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Higher Ground Drive-In Experience: Dark Star Orchestra
October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$150
About this Event
***TICKETS ARE PRICED PER VEHICLE, NOT PER PERSON***
Benefiting the Vermont Arts Council . All ages, rain or shine.
Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and over 2800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.
Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It’s about a sense of familiarity. It’s about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It’s about that contagious energy…in short, it’s about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.
Code of Conduct
All guests are expected to adhere to CDC and Vermont guidelines in relation to social distancing while attending drive-in events.
General Guidelines to Follow:
• If you are sick, running a fever or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home until you are healthy.
• For the safety of yourself and others, please only attend this event with people in your immediate quarantine circle.
• Please maintain 6 feet of social distance between yourself and those outside of your immediate quarantine circle at all times.
• Please wear a mask anytime you are outside of your parking area, including visiting restrooms/concessions.
• At the conclusion of the show, please drive slowly and follow all directions. Event staff will be onsite to facilitate exiting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are tickets sold ‘per car’ or ‘per person’?
Tickets are sold per vehicle. (1 vehicle requires 1 ticket)
Are tickets transferable?
Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. All sales are final.
Is there a limit on the number of people allowed per vehicle?
There is a limit of five (5) people per vehicle, including children.
Will tickets be sold at the gate?
Tickets will only be available for online purchase online, in advance. There will not be a box office onsite day of show.
How do I scan my ticket?
At the designated entrance, please hold your physical or mobile ticket (phone) against the rolled-up window of your vehicle so staff can scan through the glass.
Are parking spaces assigned?
No. All tickets are general admission. Staff will direct you where to park upon arrival.
What kind of vehicles are permitted?
Personal two axle vehicles that fit into a standard parking space are allowed. Larger trucks and SUVS may be directed to the back of the lot so as to not block the sight lines of other concert- goers. The following vehicles will NOT be permitted: RVs, campers, buses, trailers, etc.
Are motorcycles permitted?
Motorcycles are welcome, however, they are considered 1 vehicle. Tickets are sold by the vehicle. Due to social distancing, 1 motorcycle per parking area is permitted.
Can I leave the hatchback of my wagon/SUV open?
Hatchbacks may be open but must be kept no higher than the top of the vehicle to prevent blocking the view of those behind you.
Can I leave my car running?
It is requested that all cars remain turned off during the show. Feel free to put your car in Accessory Mode to listen to the FM transmission. Cars may be turned on periodically to prevent battery drain.
Can I watch the show from outside my car? If so, are chairs and blankets permitted?
You will be allowed to watch the show from outside your vehicle (within an area of six feet in front of your vehicle). Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please stay within your assigned parking area (six feet in front of your vehicle), and continue to maintain all social distancing requirements. Please use common courtesy to others around you.
How do I listen to the show?
All audio for live and recorded shows will be streamed via FM transmitter. Please make sure to arrive with a working FM radio in your vehicle or you will not be able to listen to the event.
My car stereo is broken. Can I bring a boombox or portable stereo?
Yes. Portable boomboxes and stereos are permissible for vehicles without a functional car stereo, please be respectful of the volume and those around you.
Can I attend the show via a non-motorized vehicle (e.g. a bicycle)?
Bicycles are welcome, however, they are considered 1 vehicle. Tickets are sold by the vehicle. Due to social distancing, 1 bicycle per parking area is permitted. Reminder that if attending via bicycle, you would need to bring a portable stereo in order to hear the event via FM transmission.
Is tailgating permitted?
Sitting on a tailgate or in the bed of a truck is acceptable during the show, however, traditional tailgating will not be permitted (yard games, grills, generators, etc.).
Can I bring my own food and/or will concessions be available?
There will not be food or concessions available on site at this time, but you are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Can I bring alcohol to the event?
Outside alcohol is not permitted. Alcohol will not be available for purchase at events at this time.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes. Please follow all social distancing restrictions and instructions when leaving your designated parking area to use the restroom.
Can I smoke at the show?
Smoking is not permitted.
Can we come and go from the event?
Once your vehicle is parked in its space, barring an emergency, please remain parked until the show has ended.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are not permitted.
Will merchandise be available for purchase?
Not at this time.
What do we do with our trash and recycling?
To limit contact, please adhere to a ‘pack in, pack out’ approach and take your trash/recycling with you to dispose of at home. Leave no trace.
What happens if it rains?
All events are rain or shine.
What items are prohibited?
Weapons, fireworks, laser pointers, drones, tents/tarps, flags and/or accessories that may block the vision of other attendees are not permitted.
What if I need assistance during the event?
If it’s an emergency, please dial 911. There will be staff onsite if you need help that’s non- emergency.
What measures are being taken to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being safely practiced?
Please see our Code of Conduct for specific guidelines and protocols