Dead Set On The Bay - Mare Island


Mr. Hat Presents Dead Set On The Bay

Mr. Hat Presents Dead Set On The Bay: Island Edition 10/10/21 on the Mare Island Waterfront!

WHAT: Dead Set On The Bay: Island Edition (1 day live music festival celebrating the Grateful Dead)

WHERE: Mare Island Coal Sheds Waterfront – 860 Nimitz Ave, Vallejo

WHEN: Sunday October 10th, 1-10 pm

TICKETS: $45 GA/ $89 VIP, kids 6-16 $20, 5 & under free – on sale now at

FEATURING LIVE DEAD PERFORMED BY: Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Lovin’ Dead, Scott Guberman & Friends, Aardvark.

Dead Set On The Bay: Island Edition will be a day-long celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead on the Mare Island Waterfront culminating in two sets of Stu Allen & Mars Hotel with performances by Lovin’ Dead, Aardvark, and Scott Guberman & Friends. The gates open at 1 pm and there will be live music from 1:30 until 10 pm, with food trucks, “Shakedown Street” artisan vendor area, bar, soft drinks and an interactive Burning Man Art Exhibit outdoors on a spacious waterfront promenade. Bring your beach chairs and dancing shoes and the whole family; this is an all-ages event.

Dead Set On The Bay was born in 2019 when Bay Area independent music promoter Mr. Hat Presents envisioned a sunset concert cruise celebrating the Bay Area’s love affair with the music of the Grateful Dead featuring Stu Allen and an all-star cast of local heroes. The first sailing sold out in one day, leading to two more sold out Grateful “Stu Cruises” as well as a Led Zeppelin and Phish tribute cruise on the Bay. DSOTB 4 was scheduled for 2020, before the global pandemic intervened and Mr. Hat pivoted to a series of socially distanced “Cruise-In Concerts” with acts including Los Lobos, Melvin Seals & JGB and Jerry’s Middle Finger. On Sunday October 10th, Dead Set On The Bay returns as a one-day Dead-centric Island Festival with waterfront views, plenty of room to dance, great local food, beverages and art. Dead Set On The Bay 4 is scheduled to set sail on July 9th, 2022 from Alameda with Stu Allen & The Dead Set On The Bay Allstars, earlybird tickets are available at

STU ALLEN & MARS HOTEL: Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Dark Star Orchestra),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. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

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’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He 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. 

LOVIN' DEAD is a fantastic super kind Grateful Dead tribute from Sonoma County with over 25 years of performing together.

AARDVARK is a Santa Cruz jam band that has been channeling the spirit of the Grateful Dead and like-minded music with choice songs, sweet vocals and transcendent jams since 2011.

SCOTT GUBERMAN moved west and began playing with Phil Lesh and Friends in 2015, most notably during the re-creation shows that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. He is organizing a special line-up to kick off the festivities featuring Reed Mathis, Sean Leahy and Bradley Leach! 

COVID SAFETY: According to Dr. Fauci, the best way musicians can protect their fans is to play OUTDOOR concerts. That is why Mr. Hat is presenting exclusively outdoor concerts at this time, with 50% reduced capacity in order to allow everyone to socially distance. Mr. Hat asks that all attendees please get vaccinated if possible, and if not, please make sure you test negative for COVID within 72 hours of the event, for the safety of your fellow Deadheads.  Please give others not in your group their space and ask before you hug/ touch. If you find yourself in a crowd, we recommend wearing a mask. However, Mr. Hat will not ask for your papers at the gate and masking is optional when outdoors, unless CDC or local guidelines change.