Grateful Dead

Barton Hall - May 8, 1977

Barton Hall

May 08, 1977

Ithaca, NY US

Average: 4.9 (44 votes)


General Admission: $7.50

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Lazy Lightnin'
Brown Eyed Women
Mama Tried
Row Jimmy
Dancin' in the Streets

Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Estimated Prophet
St. Stephen
Not Fade Away
St. Stephen
Morning Dew

One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Jul 1 2009
cold rain and snow

Nothing ridiculous about snow n sleet in upstate ny in May, unfortunately!
Incomparable show. We were right up front, just feet from the boys (and Donna).
Slipped and slid all the way back to Albany with two tripping dudes in the back that hitched a ride. Every now and then one yells out "Watch out!" as something comes at him through the windshield out of the falling snow. Arrived Albany 6 am, kicked out the tripping dudes at the bus station, and went straight to 8 am class at SUNY

Joined: Jan 10 2009
It was sweet !

Mother's Day - raining all afternoon - then snow falling as we left - great show - great dancing - great town - Bobby & Phil return to Barton Hall on Valentine's Day 2010 - 33 years later ! ! ! young deadheads are always impressed and amazed when they find out I was there ! ! ! because everybody has the tape - wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world

Joined: Mar 11 2010
Second show

May 8, 1977 Barton Hall, Cornell University was my 2nd Grateful Dead show. My first Grateful Dead concert was at Colt Park, Hartford, Ct 8/2/1976.
My first Jerry Garcia Band show was at the Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Ct.

We spent the weekend at my girlfriends dorm at Ithaca College, and the day of the show the weather was sunny and around 60 degrees. By the time we got in line early to avoid the 1/2 door crush, it was raining and the temperature was dropping rapidly. When we left the show it was snowing, and by the next day we had 14" of snow in Northwestern Ct., where I lived at the time. I will never forget the sight of Deadheads shivering in the doorways of downtown Cornell after the show. Many people had arrived with nothing more than shorts, t-shirts and sandals.

We found a comfortable spot in the middle of the gymnasium floor, but later moved up to the front of stage left by Keith.
The show was simply amazing, it felt like I was tripping just smoking good weed. At the time I thought it was just another good night for the Dead. It wasn't until the 90's I began to realize what a seminal moment in the Dead's history I was lucky enough to witness. Dancing, Scarlet, Fire, and Morning Dew, were epic as noted by so many people. It was the only time I ever heard them play St. Stephen with the proper intro, the way it should be.

My only disapointment was watching Keith play, wasted on heroin, smoking a cigarette with his left hand while playing piano. This was the beginning of the end for Keith and Donna as they began the slow, but inevitable downward spiral, completely wasting their talent on heroin, especially Donna's voice which sounded horrible in a very short time. The Dead were never great vocalists, but Jerry, Bob and Phil still sounded good together at this time. By the time the 80's rolled around Donna and Phil had lost their beautiful high harmonies, and Keith was just useless. I do remember the garbage piles in the back of the auditorium, and Bob's take a step back routine. The show was general admission if you can believe it.

This show for me was the perfect convergence of positive forces, and I will always have such wonderful memories, especially since my first Jerry show, and my first Dead show at Colt Park were marred by violence and weirdness, all the result of Hell's Angel type security people. The Barton Hall show was all peace and love, what a feeling!

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Joined: Jan 26 2010
Barton Hall, may 8th 1977

hey now- anyone kind enough to hook me with a CD of this show?

peace, mike

Joined: Aug 1 2010
a CD??

I too would really really really love to get my hands on a CD of this show!! I've heard only parts of it, just enough to agree with all of the comments, that this show was something special. PLEASE contact me if you have access to CDs of this, I'd be Grateful!

lamagonzo (not verified)
Uhhm, GBread?

Maybe the reason Keith sounded so bad in the 80s is because HE WAS DEAD in 1980. Apparently Donna came back to life.

Otherwise, this was a great show. However, it has become somewhat deified. The extended strumming Jerry did on the Dew was matched at other points in other shows with the sustain about as long during this time period.

Still, you do know why this one makes it into almost everybody's top ten. If you can't, put it in again and turn it up!

RustyStrings (not verified)
Dude, chill out

his job is to shed light, not to master.

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
Brooklyn Heads On Tour

We traveled up and down east coast in '77...Bubba ...Fatkid ...Weasel ...shows were unreal and the people we met and times we had were the days of our lives ....Weasel worked for the band setting up drums and to provide product for the be included and treated like family was very special...Garcia loved the brooklyn boys and ny hells angels....a different breed ....never will forget

Joined: Jan 12 2009
barton hall 1977

hey now

i am so out of loop
i thought this was gonna be on the gorgeous trips around sun collection but wasnt'

If not who can send me one prety please?




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