Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sometimes I Do Really Miss Ithaca


It appears that Ithaca, New York Mayor Carolyn Peterson is a fan of crisp “Scarlet”>”Fire” transitions and dig the “Dew.” The Ithaca Journal has announced that in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the band’s May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell University’s 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 band’s 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 Ithaca’s State Theater.

link to show (for those who have never listened to 5/8/77 it is perhaps the most approachable grateful dead concert out there and can be appreciated by newbies and old-school heads alike)

setlist 5/8/77 Ithaca, NY
I: Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin'
II: Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> Morning Dew
E: One More Saturday Night

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