Related Events


Art Exhibit: Sound into Sight - the Visual Vocabulary of the Grateful Dead

October 22, 2014, marked the opening of a major exhibit of Grateful Dead related art in the Special Collections room on the 5th floor of the Martin Luther King Library at San Jose State University. The exhibit, curated by the Haight Street Art Center, is entitled "Sound into Sight, the Visual Vocabulary of the Grateful Dead," and traces the origin and evolution of the iconic and vivid imagery that has evolved in posters, t-shirts, album art, and other visual media since the band was founded back in 1965. The exhibit will remain on display through January 15. Special Collections is open Monday-Thursday 11-6, Friday 11-5, and Saturday 1- 5.


Dance Concert - the China Cats  11/8/14 at South First Billiards (separate admission)

Right after the conference, at 8 PM on Saturday, Nov. 8, The China Cats, Santa Cruz' premier interpreters of the Grateful Dead's music will be performing a few blocks from campus at South First Billiards, 420 South First Street in downtown San Jose. It's an easy walk from both the campus and the Fairmont. We encourage you to consider checking out this outstanding group.

Don Quixote's Music Hall: David Nelson Band (11/6) and Henry Kaiser and the Mermen (11/8)

Two concerts that may be of interest to conference participants are taking place at Don Quixote's Music Hall, 30 miles from San Jose in Felton, California ( On Thursday, November 6, the David Nelson Band kicks off their Fall Harvest Tour at 8 PM. The Doobie Decibel System (Roger McNamee and Jason Crosby) open the show. tickets at

On Saturday, November 8, guitarist Henry Kaiser is performing with surf rockers the Mermen. Their show will include a set-long exploration of Dark Star. Tickets at

Tedeschi-Trucks Band - National Civic Auditorium, 11/4/14

If you arrive in San Jose early, the Tedeschi-Trucks band is doing a show at the National Civic Auditorium in downtown San Jose, just a block from the Fairmont Hotel and an easy walk from Campus.