Chicago-based Dark Star Orchestra has been out on the road with its one-of-a-kind Dead tribute almost constantly since 1997, and they’re going to keep on truckin’ into the new year.

The band’s next set of dates kicks off December 1 with a two-night stand at the Nine Thirty Club in Washington, D.C. Other U.S. stops on the current schedule, which includes dates through the end of February plus one show each in May and July, will take the band through New England, the Midwest and the South.

In the spring, DSO will head to the Netherlands for three shows at Amsterdam’s Melkweg March 18-20.

For those not familiar with Dark Star Orchestra, the band elevates the concept of a Grateful Dead cover band to high art. DSO recreate Dead shows down to the last tiny detail including set lists, song arrangements, and stage positions.

They even go as far as using musical equipment for each performance based upon the technology that existed at the time of the original Dead show being recreated that night.

The exact date of the show being recreated is kept a secret right up until show time, and guessing the date of the original performance has become part of the attraction for DSO and Dead fans.