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Published: 2007/04/25

Mayor Peterson Enjoys Her 5/8/77

It appears that Ithaca, New York Mayor Carolyn Peterson is a fan of crisp Scarlet>Fire transitions and digs the Dew. The Ithaca Journal has announced that in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the bands May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell Universitys Barton Hall, she will declare May 8th 2007 as Grateful Dead Day in the City of Ithaca.
The proclamation reportedly reads:
_Whereas, the Grateful Dead have been recognized by many highly credible organizations, individuals and entities including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as significantly important and integral to the musical and social fabric of our contemporary culture, and _
_Whereas, on May 8th, 1977 the Grateful Dead performed in Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in the city of Ithaca New York, a concert that is widely acknowledged and regarded as a defining and transcendent occasion and example of the art of contemporary musical improvisation, collaboration, musicianship, and performance, and _
_Whereas, many tens of thousands of individuals who were not in attendance that night in Barton Hall, have become knowledgeable & familiar with the extraordinary nature of the performance on May 8th 1977 through the trading and sharing of recordings of the show, and _
_Whereas, the cultural identity and perceptions of Ithaca as a community, have been informed and bolstered by the widespread acknowledgement of the magic of May 8th, 1977, and _
_Whereas, it has been said many times by many people that, there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, _
_Now therefore, be it resolved that as Mayor of the City of Ithaca, and in heartfelt recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of the May 8th 1977 concert performance, I declare May 8th 2007 as Grateful Dead Day in the City of Ithaca. _
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of one the bands most celebrated shows (and perhaps more specifically, one of its most celebrated live performance tapes) the Dark Star Orchestra will interpret that show this coming May 8 at Ithacas State Theater.

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