Dead and Company’s Cornell Concert Raises $3.1 Million for Non-Profits

Dead & Company, continuing the legacy of the Grateful Dead’s Barton Hall show at Cornell University, has raised $3.1 million in proceeds from their recent show for their now-complete Final Tour. These proceeds will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares organization and the Cornell 2030 Project, each non-profit receiving over $1.5 million.

Cornell University’s Barton Hall. Credit: Steve Malinski

Dead & Company is made up of former members of the Grateful Dead, with guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir, drummer Mickey Hart, and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. The latter did not join the final tour. They are joined by guitarist and vocalist John Mayer, bassist and percussionist Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti of Further and RatDog, as well as drummer Jay Lane of RatDog and Primus.

The show on May 8 was the 46th anniversary of the May 8, 1977 Grateful Dead Show. Part of the Spring Tour of 1977, considered one of the Grateful Dead’s best tours, the May 8 show at Cornell’s Barton Hall was released on a a three-disc CD and as a five-disc LP for the 40th anniversary of the show. The recording is a part of the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

Cornell ’77 Poster designed by Cornell alumnus Jay Maybrey

MusiCares is a non-profit organization founded in 1989, intended to act as a safety net for the music community, supporting the health and welfare of industry professionals through preventative, emergency, and recovery programs. More information can be found on their website.

Cornell University’s 2030 Project is a campus-wide initiative that works to develop technological solutions and to advance policies for businesses and individuals, seeking to mitigate the effects of climate change. More information can be found on Cornell University’s website.

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