Williamsburg's ties to the Grateful Dead run back to the 1970s, when the band played several shows at William and Mary Hall.
Jack Marahrens, a lifetime resident, attended all four of the William and Mary shows, and he said the Grateful Dead scene at the time was different — the band hadn't yet hit the big time.
But one thing remained unchanged throughout the years: "You never knew what you were going to get," Marahrens said.
Geoff Scheibel described this experience, an experience found at all Grateful Dead shows, as the magic of the unexpected.
"Every single night was a different experience in its own way, shape or form. And not only that, but they...