40th anniversary Grateful Dead event and a county proclamation

One of the most famous Grateful Dead shows took place at Cornell’s Barton Hall, and Tompkins County is marking the anniversary celebration with a “Grateful Dead Day” proclamation. There are multiple musical events for the day, too.

Grateful Dead Day proclamation courtesy of the State Theatre.

The proclamation, signed by vice chair Dan Klein of the Tompkins County Legislature, talks about how “the cultural identity and perceptions of Tompkins County as a community have been informed and bolstered by the widespread acknowledgement of the magic of May 8, 1977.”

The book Cornell ’77 by Peter Conners comes out this week from Cornell University Press, telling “the tale of the Grateful Dead’s fabled show.” Conners and the book will be a big part of the State Theatre event next month.

The May 8 event will also feature a special set of acoustic music by tribute band Terrapin Station, an official listening party of the newly remastered release of the 1977 show tapes, a silent auction, and special guests and speakers.

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