Tompkins County Legislature Declares Cornell ’77 Anniversary As Grateful Dead Day

By Scott Bernstein Apr 25, 2017 1:02 pm PDT

On May 8, 1977 the Grateful Dead played a show at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York that stands among the best in the band’s history. The 40th anniversary of the concert will be celebrated a number of ways and the county where Barton Hall is located has gotten in on the act by declaring May 8, 2017 as “Grateful Dead Day.”

News of the proclamation from the Tompkins County Legislature was shared by the team behind a book on the concert, Cornell ’77: The Music, The Myth And The Magnificence Of The Grateful Dead’s Show At Barton Hall. The book is available for sale and is also included in the upcoming Grateful Dead box set May 1977: Get Shown The Light which features an official recording of Cornell ’77. Cornell University Press director Dean Smith shared insights into the Peter Conners book for a recently published JamBase feature.

Tompkins County Legislature Vice Chair Dan Klein signed the proclamation which reads in part, “WHEREAS, it has been said many times by many people that, ‘there is nothing like a Grateful Dead Show,’ NOW THEREFORE, I, Dan Klein, Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, hereby proclaim May 8, 2017 as GRATEFUL DEAD DAY in Tompkins County, in heartfelt recognition of the Fortieth Anniversary of their May 8, 1977 concert.” Here’s an image of the proclamation including its full text:

As reported, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York will host an event on Monday, May 8 dubbed 5-8-77 Revisited Grateful Dead Dance Party. Ithaca’s State Theatre will celebrate the anniversary with a concert and listening party. Supergroup Voodoo Dead will honor the occasion a day earlier in New Orleans.

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