Ithaca Blog

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca, May 8

The Dark Star Orchestra, an extraordinary tribute band that performs entire Grateful Dead shows song for song, will be at the State Theater on May 8 to re-stage the legendary Dead show at Cornell's Barton Hall, thirty years earlier to the day.

Ordinarily the Orchestra does not announce in advance the concerts they will re-stage. The May 8 show will be a special staging of a show regarded by Dead fans as one of the best of the band's thousands of performances.

The State Theater will further honor the historical connection with special artwork evoking the 1977 Barton Hall show, and artifacts from the show, including original posters, ticket stubs, and newspaper reviews.

There is a rumor that mayor Carolyn Peterson will offically declare May 8 "Grateful Dead Day" in Ithaca.

For more information, see the State Theater's website,

In a strange coincidence, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, longtime cohorts of the Grateful Dead, are appearing at Castaways tonight. On this date in 1971, the two bands played a concert together at SUNY Cortland.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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