Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Berkeley, CA

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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
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Phone: 510-525-5054
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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A tradition started on our dance floor in the 20th century, Grateful Dead Night is always evolving. Currently singer and guitar phenom Stu Allen hosts the event, appearing four times this month (also Oct. 10, 17, and 24) with his band Mars Hotel, a changing cast of friends who are also plugged into the Dead magic. They include familiar songs – especially of the Dead variety – as well as Allen’s own compositions, which singer and guitarist Allen and crew use as launching pads for flights of 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 months of weekly 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. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Allen co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band Blue Man Jive in the early 1990s. He was also a founder of the Jones Gang, Minneapolis’ premier Grateful Dead tribute band. Now a resident of San Francisco, Allen continues to explore, experiment, create, and recreate within a variety of musical styles, many of them Dead-linked.
Ticket Price: 12
Door Time:8:30
Show Time:9:00
Ages:All Ages

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