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Published: 2017/05/08

Ithaca Declares Today Grateful Dead Day

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s famed 1977 show at Barton Hall in Cornell and the town of Ithaca is celebrating accordingly with a few Dead-themed festivities lined up for today.

A report from 14850.com notes that Cornell’s iconic chimes at McGraw Tower will play a 30-minute set that includes Dead tunes like “Touch of Grey,” “Ripple” and “Uncle John’s Band” beginning at 6 PM.

In addition, prior to the chimes concert, Tompkins County legislator Dan Klein will read a proclamation marking Grateful Dead Day in Tompkins County. There will also be an event at the State Theatre tonight featuring an acoustic set from tribute band Terrapin Station, an official listening party of the newly remastered tapes from the Dead’s 1977 stop at Barton Hall and much more.

Read our interview with Dead archivist David Lemieux as he dives into the band’s May 1977 run.

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