Stu Allen’s third annual End-of-the-Year Showcase is a uniquely Ashkenaz experience: Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia music as jumping-off points for Allen’s jamming bands. The ever-innovative guitarist and singer Stu Allen rallies his talented community of fellow music explorers for this three-night run, with each night focusing on a different lineup and different music from the Garcia-Dead canon, each concert as always full of musical surprises and delights. It is recommended that you buy tickets for all three nights before they sell out; there is a three-night ticket package deal.
This showcase was first staged two years ago, growing out of Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night, a tradition started back in the 20th century. It is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations.
When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ JGB tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. Allen received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.