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When the Dark Star Orchestra plays the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday, it will most likely be the final time Buffalo audiences will see bassist Kevin Rosen with the band. After performing more than 2,000 shows with DSO, the band he founded in 1997, Rosen is calling it a day to spend more time with his family. Rosen will wrap his tenure June 1, following the yearly DSO Jubilee Festival. Various bassists will step in as DSO heads into its summer tour. (Read a note from Rosen regarding his decision to leave the band at Darkstarorchestra.net.)

It has indeed been a long, strange trip for Rosen, as the DSO rose from obscurity to prominence among the plethora of Grateful Dead tribute bands. Now endorsed by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead and hailed by the likes of Rolling Stone and NPR as the pre-eminent Dead repertory ensemble, the group sits at the peak of its popularity. The DSO has mastered the ever-evolving art form that is Dead music, and now commands a following as loyal as that of the Dead itself.

Tickets are $25 advance, $28 day of show (box office, Tickets.com). – Jeff Miers