In November 2011 singer and guitar phenom Stu Allen launched his ever-morphing Mars Hotel band, a changing cast of friends who are also plugged into the Grateful Dead magic. They include familiar songs – especially of the Dead variety – as well as Allen’s own compositions, which they use as launching pads for flights of stellar improvisation. Note that very few, if any, songs are repeated from week to week, or month to month. And you never know when Allen and crew will do a whole theme night, such as Jerry Garcia Band tunes, or slip in some Dylan favorites that were covered by the Dead.
Even after more than a year of kaleidoscopically shifting shows that are attracting a free-dancing crowd of young and old, Stu Allen’s musicianship continues to draw raves. He and bandmates combine faithful arrangements on great songs with breathtaking improvised leaps. Allen is one of the leading figures in the jam band and Dead-inspired community, featured in such groups as Front Street, Melvin Seals & JGB, and Workingman’s Ed. He has performed at the annual Jerry Garcia Day concerts in San Francisco’s McLaren Park and even led an entire day at the Dead on the Creek festival featuring his various bands. He has also played with Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, and numerous other prominent musicians.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).