Corte Madera, California, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

CRYPTICAL is the San Francisco Bay Area's Premier Grateful Dead Experience! The members of CRYPTICAL have collectively attended more than 1,000 live Grateful Dead shows, have played with members of the Dead, and offer a stunning tribute to their timeless music.



Guitarist-singer Stu Allen, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, joined Melvin Seals & JGB in June 2004 and appears on the 'Keepers of the Flame' album. His appearances with CRYPTICAL and his own Mars Hotel continue to prove that he is at the very top of the list of Jerry Garcia tribute artists. With his eagerness to improvise and his commitment to making every performance unique, Stu has made extensive contributions to the jam music scene.


Barry was a founding member and the long time rhythm guitarist for both the Bay Area's Live Dead and the Minds Eye, one of the New York area's most beloved psychedelic blues/rock outfits. A devoted following had the band playing such landmark venues as The Bottom Line, My Fathers Place, Wetlands and Max's Kansas City and landed them on the bill with such notables as Hot Tuna, Keith & Donna, Kingfish, Merl Saunders, Blues Traveler and Al Kooper. Influenced by the likes of Bob Weir, Jorma Kaukonen and Richard Thompson among others, Barry's unique approach to guitar playing brings a subtle layer of color and texture to the "musical stew".


A founding member of Groove Division ( and CRYPTICAL, Mitch Stein is one of the West Coast's most in-demand keyboardists. He has played piano since the age of 4, and has performed and/or recorded with such jazz, blues, rock and funk greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCandless, Frank Morgan, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Weir, David Grisman, John Cipollina, Martin Fierro, Narada Michael Walden, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Norton Buffalo, Peter Albin, Nick Gravenites, Charles Neville, Jim Keltner, Todd Rundgren, Derek Trucks, Peter Cetera, Gary Burton, Leland Sklar, Scott Page, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Karl Denson, Jon Anderson, Luther Tucker, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Max Weinberg, The Greyboy Allstars, Branford Marsalis, John Entwistle, John Lee Hooker, Little Jimmy Scott, Buddy Rich, Les Claypool, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Tootie Heath, Zero, John Heard, Rob Wasserman, Dark Star Orchestra, Harvey Mandel, Al Foster, Von and Chico Freeman, Steve Rodby, Papa John Creach, and many others. One of Mitch's more memorable gigs was when he was hired to perform solo jazz piano at Mick Jagger's daughter Karis' wedding, and another was when his trio played at a private birthday party Mick threw for Jerry Hall the following day. Mitch is the exclusive composer of DeadRingers, classic Grateful Dead ringtones for cell phones.


Stephen Ramirez was a veteran of the Northeast club and concert circuit before making the Bay Area his home. Among the artists he has performed or recorded with are the Zen Tricksters, Live Dead, the Volunteers, the Jeff Mattson Band, the Honest Tom Pomposello Band, the Reptiles (with David Gans), the Broken Angels, the Gans-Rawlins Band, Vince Welnick and Friends, Henry Kaiser and Eric Thompson, Truth in Dosage with Bob Bralove and Tom Constanten, Eugene Chadbourne and the Ernest Tubb Memorial Tribute Band, Malcom Mooney and the Tenth Planet, Mike Lawson,, Greg Lamboy, and the Toni Brown Band featuring John Beland (Flying Burrito Bros.) and Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead).


Pete Lavezzoli was born 1968 in South Florida, and became a professional drummer and singer in his late teens. After meeting bassist Bubba Newton in 1989, the two worked together as a rhythm section in various bands before forming Crazy Fingers in 1990. In addition to his work with CRYPTICAL, Pete is the current drummer for JGB (Melvin Seals). Pete also plays drums with singer/songwriter Teri Catlin. Pete is also an author with two books to date. His book on Duke Ellington, The King of All, Sir Duke, was published in the US and UK by Continuum Books in 2001. His second book, The Dawn of Indian Music in the West, about Ravi Shankar and India's influence on Western music (including interviews with Mickey Hart, David Crosby, Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar, and others), was published in the US and UK by Continuum in 2006, and in India by Harper Collins in 2009. This book won the ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound) award in 2007 for Best Historical Research.

Set List

CRYPTICAL With Special Guest Stu Allen • 1/16/10 • Hopmonk - Sebastopol

Feel Like A Stranger
Brown Eyed Women
Cassidy >
Bird Song >
*Playing In The Band >
*Uncle John's Band >
*Playing In The Band (Reprise)
* = On audio samples

Opening set before JGB

CRYPTICAL • 19 Broadway, Fairfax • 1/8/10

1st Set:

Cold Rain & Snow
Beat It On Down The Line
Dire Wolf
Black Throated Wind
Tons Of Steel
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Cumberland Blues
The Music Never Stopped

2nd Set:

Jack Straw
Crazy Fingers
Playing In The Band >
Scarlet Begonias >
All Along The Watchtower >
Fire On The Mountain >
Drums >
Space >
The Other One >
Wharf Rat >
Throwing Stones >
Playing In The Band (Reprise) >
Shakedown Street

CRYPTICAL • 19 Broadway, Fairfax • 11/5/09

1st Set

Brand New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi 1/2 Step
Me & My Uncle>
Mexicali Blues
Friend of the Devil
Brown Eyed Woman>
Bird Song>
Cassidy Reprise
Jack Straw