The Event

Dead & Company

Playing in the Sand is an all-inclusive concert vacation in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. You’ll experience Dead & Company concerts on the beach, under the stars, just steps from the Caribbean Sea.

Nightly concerts take place at the Barceló Maya Beach resort, which sits on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach with breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. You may reserve a room at the Barceló, or choose to stay at one of our other carefully selected hotels. Each resort features a variety of restaurants, bars and daily activities, all included in your vacation package. Spend your days lounging by the pool and beach, soaking up the sun, or exploring the local culture through exciting off-site adventures. Spend your nights dancing blissfully on the beach with the stars above, the wind in your hair and your toes in the sand.

Guests staying at the Barceló Maya will walk out of their rooms and take a short stroll to the beach to see the show each night. If you are staying at one of our other properties, a shuttle will deliver you to the concert area and bring you back to your resort after the show.


Dead & Company

Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with singer/guitarist John Mayer to form the band Dead & Company, along with Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Their critically acclaimed performances draw from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.

In October of 2015 the band took to the stage for their inaugural nationwide tour, kicking off with three sold-out concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden and ending the year with two sold-out performances at the “Fabulous” Forum, and according to Billboard, the concerts are “magical.”

Following the tremendous success of the band’s 2015 tour, Dead & Company announced their highly-anticipated 2016 tour which included headlining Bonnaroo, two nights at Citi Field in New York, a two show Independence Day weekend celebration at Folsom Field in Boulder and two nights at the famous Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, with the tour concluding with two shows at Boston’s iconic Fenway.

Dead & Company made their late night debut on Thursday, February 18, 2016 on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and later that year appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Fans and music critics alike hailed the band:

“Dead & Company is the most important music story of 2016 and maybe beyond.” – The Huffington Post

“… Dead & Company cast their rainbow across CU’s sandstoned Folsom Field Sunday, capping a historic two-night stand with a near flawless display.” – Denver Post

“… the concerts are magical.” – Billboard

“With visibly and audibly fresh energy provided by newcomers John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge, the new model Dead held true to the highly improvised, thrill-ride style Deadheads hold so dear.” – Oakland Press

“OK, I’ll buy it: Dead & Company are for real.” – JamBase

“The Grateful Dead’s catalog is, to a large extent, rocket fuel for guitar pyrotechnics Mayer’s virtuoso skills have re-ignited the flame and fans have seemingly welcomed him as one of their own.” – Gothamist

Michael Franti & Spearhead – 2018 Artist


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Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change and is revered for his hi-energy live shows, inspiring music, and worldwide philanthropy efforts.

Once an outlier in his message of positivity-minded political consciousness, Franti has found that message gaining momentum in the mainstream in recent years, a phenomenon that compelled him to push his artistry even further, stating “I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career. My goal is to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this intense, crazy and wonderful time we’re all living in.”

Our Host Resort:
The Barceló Maya


The Barceló Maya is the host resort and home to Playa Azul, the concert venue for Playing in the Sand. An impressive complex with five world-class properties, The Barceló sits on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Caribbean with over a mile of fine white sand, crystal clear water, and a stunning coral reef. Each night, that stretch of beach will be home to this intimate crowd, which will experience the music of Dead & Company in a setting like no other.

The Barceló’s 5 luxury properties each have access to an incredible assortment of perfectly manicured pools, diverse restaurants, tiki bars, and entertainment venues featuring live music and other performance art. Its vast smooth beaches make The Barceló a premier choice for a tropical getaway, and as your classic all-inclusive Caribbean resort, The Barceló offers dozens of food and drink options at no additional cost.



Playing in the Sand offers you a wide variety of incredible off-site Adventures. Explore the best of Mexico’s amazing natural treasures and ancient history. These opportunities are completely optional and local transportation is included. See the Adventures page for a taste of the excursions that were offered in 2018.



A wide variety of activities are offered at each resort to keep you active and entertained throughout your vacation experience. Examples include the following:

  • YOGA — Enjoy early morning yoga in an open air environment
  • TEQUILA TASTING — Sample and learn about Mexico’s favorite adult beverage
  • BOWLING — Square off against other teams to be the Playing in the Sand Bowling Champion
  • SURFING CONTEST — Ride the wave at the Barcelo’s wave pool in style and grace to win

The Riviera Maya


The Riviera Maya is a famous section of coastline along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, stretching from Puerto Morelos in the North to Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve in the south. Lined by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya is built upon diverse landscapes and is rich in history and culture. From jungles to coastal beaches, the Riviera Maya is home to countless marvels such as magnificent barrier reefs and ancient Mayan ruins.