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. Today, he is one of the leading figures in the jam band and Grateful-Dead-inspired community. 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. Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the bay area, Allen has assembled an ever-rotating cast of musicians that bring new ears and hands into the melting pot. Fans are ever eager to hear what different combos will result. This approach also fosters the 'cross-pollination' of different musicians and fan-bases to grow the music and the scene. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before . . . Allen's captivating soulful delivery (both vocally and instrumentally), freakish improvisational ability, and exceptional guitar tone have gotten the attention of some of the preeminent figures in the genre. He regularly works with Phil Lesh, and has also done 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. In 2010, he received more national acclaim when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra.