Dead & Company returned to Cornell University’s Barton Hall on Monday evening in a night that blended past and present, celebrating the Grateful Dead’s illustrious performance at the same venue 46 years ago. The occasion was also a charitable endeavor supporting MusiCares and the Cornell 30 Project. The band, consisting of original Grateful Dead members Bobby Weir and Mickey Hart, as well as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane, took to the stage for a thoughtful setlist that paid homage to the 1977 and 1980 shows.
The night kicked off with a nostalgic rendition of “Minglewood Blues,” followed by “Althea,” with Mayer masterfully leading the vocals on the Go to Heaven favorite. The first set was a fan-favorite roller coaster ride that culminated in a high-energy performance of “Deal” led by Mayer’s poignant vocals.
After the break, the band returned with an electrifying second set, pairing up songs like “Chinacat Sunflower” with “I Know You Rider” and “Help on the Way” with “Slipknot!” The use of bird songs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology during “Drums” and “Space” added an element of natural harmony to the evening.
The band’s rendition of “Morning Dew,” a fan favorite from the original 1977 performance, was nothing short of mesmerizing. The evening concluded with Mayer and Weir alternating lyrics on “Terrapin Station,” a moment imbued with a deep sense of nostalgia and reverence for the band’s upstate New York history.
Dead & Company’s return to Barton Hall was a perfect blend of past and present, showcasing the timeless appeal of the Grateful Dead’s music.
Listen to the full show below!
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