Dead & Company continued the Grateful Dead’s storied legacy at Cornell University and its famed Barton Hall when the band performed an intimate benefit concert for nearly 5,000 fans on May 8, 2023, the same date and venue as the Grateful Dead’s highly acclaimed performance at Cornell in 1977.
Proceeds from the show, $3.1 million, will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares organization, which provides a safety net of critical health and welfare services to the music industry, and the Cornell 2030 Project, in which researchers combine science, scholarship, and innovation to develop climate-change solutions. Each non-profit will receive nearly $1.5 million to advance their respective missions.
The benefit concert was produced by Dan Berkowitz, Jon Fordin, and Olivia Miller for 100X Hospitality in conjunction with Activist Artists Management, Mark Dowley, and Rob Klein.
The Spring Tour of 1977 is often considered one of the best in the Grateful Dead's entire 30-year performing career. Barton Hall at Cornell University on May 8, 1977, is considered by many fans to be not only the best show of this magnificent tour but quite possibly the best show the Grateful Dead ever played. The original concert was later released as a three-disc CD box set and five-disc LP in May 2017.
Dead & Company is currently on their sold-out “Final Tour” that will wrap up eight years of touring this weekend (Friday, July 14th, Saturday, July 15th, and Sunday, July 16th) at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
Established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, MusiCares is a non-profit organization that acts as a safety net for the music community, supporting the health and welfare of industry professionals via preventative, emergency, and recovery programs.
The 2030 Project
Cornell University’s 2030 Project is a campus-wide initiative that is developing technological solutions and advancing policies that encourage businesses and individuals to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the real world. More information at climate.cornell.edu.
About Cornell University
Cornell University is a world-class research institution known for the breadth and rigor of its curricula, and an academic culture dedicated to preparing students to be well-educated and well-rounded citizens of the world. Its faculty, staff and students believe in the critical importance of knowledge—both theoretical and applied—as a means of improving the human condition and solving the world’s problems. With campuses in Ithaca, New York, Geneva, New York, and New York City, and a location in Doha, Qatar, Cornell is a private, Ivy League research university and the land-grant institution of New York State.