Empire State Building and Grateful Dead Team Up for Farewell Jam

High Rise Facilities | July 7, 2015
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The Empire State Building gave 60,000 Deadheads an epic show on Saturday night during the sold out “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” concert on July 4 by synchronizing the Empire State Building’s LED tower lights to the band’s live performance of “U.S. Blues.”

The production was specifically designed for the Chicago concert at Soldier Field, where members of the original band were reunited, along with guest performers including Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, for the “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” tour 20 years to the day after the band’s last performance together.

The Grateful Dead’s final series of concerts included two sold-out shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California followed by three shows in Chicago.

Empire State Building lighting designer Marc Brickman coordinated with the band to create the vision and technical design of the music-to-light show, which featured an assortment of Grateful Dead imagery in the mast of the building.

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