America's premier touring Grateful Dead repertory ensemble, Dark Star Orchestra, will kick off its fall tour with a two-night run at 8 tonight and Saturday in the TownBallroom( 681Main St.).

If you've never had the pleasure of catching the group live in the past, the lowdown on DSOis this – the band performs specific concerts from the vast Grateful Dead recorded library in a meticulous, detail-orientedmanner, and has been doing so for more than a decade now. Dark Star has done as much for Buffalo audiences repeatedly over the years, in venues ranging from Club Infinity to the Erie Canal Harbor CentralWharf. But the TownBallroom– site of a few legendary Bob Weir& Ratdog shows – offers the proper intimate vibe so necessary to enjoying the most transcendent, exploratory, searching sets of Deadmusic.

Tickets are $24 for each night (box office,

– Jeff Miers