The Empire State Building will burst into tie-dye lighting October 19 in honor of the Grateful Dead. The special lighting ceremony is in celebration of the opening of an exhibit at the New York Historical Society honoring the band. The tie-dye color scheme harkens to the iconic group’s original imagery and psychedelic influences.
On October 21, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will attend a charity fundraiser to celebrate the opening of The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society, an exhibit cataloguing the career and accomplishments of one of America’s most socially influential bands. Through an extensive variety of media, even including fan mail, the exhibition explores the history of the band from 1965-1995. A section of the exhibit chronicles the social phenomenon of the band’s most dedicated fans, the Deadheads. Most of the exhibitions materials were contributed from the extensive collection of the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Recently, the Empire State Building was lit red and yellow in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Republic of China. Tonight’s tie-dye lighting, though less controversial, is sure to be a sight to see and one not soon forgotten.