On May 8, 1977, GD played one of its legendary shows — one that frequently shows up at the top of the list when Deadheads are discussing the best shows of all time — at Barton Hall at Cornell University.
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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 1977, concert performance, I declare May 8, 2007, as Grateful Dead Day in the City of Ithaca.