Grateful Dead

On this date — May 5 — the Warlock’s made their first appearance at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park. As we all know, the band changed its name to the Grateful Dead. It was 1965, 54 years ago.

Get a full list of all the places in Menlo Park and Atherton where the Dead appeared in this post by Corry Arnold from four years ago on the occasion of the band’s last appearance together (minus Jerry, of course).

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Spotted: Warlocks’ first gig at Magoo’s 52 years ago today

Scott Fortlage posted this photo on Do You Remember the Old Menlo Park today, noting that the Warlocks (which became the Grateful Dead) played their first gig on May 5, 1965 at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in downtown Menlo Park. Wow, over 50 years ago…

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Grateful Dead in Ladera? Yes, it really happened 50 years ago

Although some might not believe it because it does not appear in any official Grateful Dead chronologies, the famous Bay Area band played at Ladera School for the Ladera Christmas Dance on the night of December 17, 1966. We have neighbors’ recollections and newspaper accounts to prove that the event was a wildly successful evening. Barbara Rusmore, […]

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In honor of the Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts, a guide to Dead places in Menlo Park and Atherton

Editor’s note: In advance of their farewell tour appearance at Levi Stadium tonight and tomorrow night. We touched base with music chronicler — and Grateful Dead historian/expert — Corry Arnold to see if he had a list of places in Menlo Park that are part of Grateful Dead lore. And sure enough, he had that […]

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Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s Menlo Park roots on the 70th anniversary of his birth

Rock historians note that Jerry Garcia appeared with the Warlocks (a pre-Grateful Dead band) at Magoo’s Pizza (635 Santa Cruz Ave.) in Menlo Park in 1965. Writes Corry Arnold in one of his Menlo/Jerry related posts on Lost Live Dead: “Apparently, however, the Warlocks racous fans violated a local band on dancing, and the shows […]

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More Menlo rock memories circa 1970 at Peninsula School

Corry Arnold has followed up his fun post on his Lost Live Dead blog that recounted the intersection of Menlo Park and the Grateful Dead (with a little Ken Kesey lore thrown in for good measure) with another about an April 29, 1970 performance of the New Riders of the Purple Sage – with Jerry […]

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Menlo Park’s musical lore – Jerry, the Dead, Vince and more

In a touch of irony, while the InMenlo team was talking jazz with KCSM’s Alisa Clancy yesterday, two different blog posts appeared about music related events and lore that happened in 94025. There’s a terrific recap  about the Grateful Dead – including its various offshots – and Menlo Park on the Lost Live Dead blog. […]

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