221 University Ave.
Originally opened as a movie house, the Stanford Theatre was briefly a live music venue. Bob Weir and Kingfish played there on New Year’s Eve 1974. David Packard turned it back into a theater that shows classic movies.
St. Michael’s Alley
436 University Ave.
This coffee shop was a bohemian hangout in mid-’60s Palo Alto. Jerry Garcia and Dead collaborator Robert Hunter used to hang out here. It’s a Peet’s now. Top of the Tangent Coffee House
El Camino Park
100 El Camino Real
The Grateful Dead played a “Be-In” here on June 24, 1967, not long after the Monterey Pop Festival.
117 University Ave.
Mother McRee’s Uptown Jug Band Champions—which featured Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan—regularly performed at The Top of the Tangent. The bottom floor of this building used to be a bar called Rudy’s, which recently closed.
695 Arastradero Road
Alta Mesa Cemetery is the final resting place of the Dead’s founding organist, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan.
Dana Morgan Music
534 Bryant St.
Garcia and Bob Weir both taught music lessons at this downtown music store. Dana Morgan Jr., the son of the store’s owner, served as the original bassist in The Warlocks (The Dead’s original name). Although the band eventually gave Morgan Jr. the boot in favor of Phil Lesh, his membership in the band was vital in those early days, as The Warlocks were able to borrow equipment from the store free of charge. The building is now Duxiana, a luxury bed and mattress store.