Cornell chimes concert among the festivities for Grateful Dead Day

The 40th anniversary of the legendary Grateful Dead 5.8.77 show at Cornell’s Barton Hall is here, and it’s being marked by a chimes concert as well as musical events around town.

Cornell’s McGraw Tower and Uris Library. 14850 file photo.

Cornell’s iconic chimes at McGraw Tower will cap a series of events on campus this afternoon, with a 6:00-6:30pm set that includes Grateful Dead classics like “Touch of Grey,” “Ripple,” and “Uncle John’s Band,” as well as some Beatles and Paul Simon music.

Tune in via’s Facebook page to watch our livestream of the chimes concert, if you can’t be there in person!

Right before the chimes concert, at 5:45pm, Tompkins County legislator Dan Klein will read a county proclamation marking Grateful Dead Day in Tompkins County.

Cornell chimes concerts are open to the public, but because organizers expect a big crowd for the anniversary show, McGraw Tower won’t be open to the public. They encourage people to bring blankets and spread out around the tower, listening from Cornell’s Arts Quad, Ho Plaza, or Libe Slope.

Grateful Dead Day proclamation courtesy of the State Theatre.

The county proclamation, signed by vice chair Klein, 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.”

Local photographer Jon Reis was sent to the Barton Hall concert by the Ithaca Journal to get some photos, and he’s been sharing photos from the show, and Ithaca in that era, on his Facebook page. Photos from the Barton Hall show are for sale at

Tonight’s big event at the State Theatre features 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.

The book Cornell ’77 by Peter Conners came out last month from Cornell University Press, telling “the tale of the Grateful Dead’s fabled show.” Conners and the book are a big part of the State Theatre event tonight.

If you just want a Grateful Dead show, the place to be is The Range on the Ithaca Commons, where Dark Hollow will be performing a full set of the Cornell 1977 show. The Grateful Dead tribute band will be joined by Rick Redington & The Luv for a show that starts at 7pm Monday.

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