The Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Mike Gordon, Steve Kimock, Sikiru Adepoju
plus special guest Goapele
Take Flight This Fall.
The Rhythm Devils have confirmed a string of dates this fall at theatres across
the country. The new super-group which features Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann
of The Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon of Phish, and the ubiquitous Steve Kimock
first came together this past spring in New York City. After a mini-tour in
August that included The Gathering of the Vibes Festival, The Rhythm Devils are
poised to return to the road this October leading up to The Vegoose Music
Festival. The October dates will also feature vocal sensation Goapele and
talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju.In August, the band debuted new original material penned by Grateful Dead
lyricist Robert Hunter including “Fountains of Wood,” “The Center” and “Who Do
You Think You Are.” The group also dipped into the Grateful Dead songbook
highlighted by “The Other One,” “Sugaree” and “Comes A Time.” In the spirit of
collaboration, The Rhythm Devils have welcomed many special guests at their
recent appearances including Bob Weir, Charlie Musselwhite,
Angelique Kidjo, Stephen Perkins, and the legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.
Hart and Kreutzmann’s remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power
became a hallmark of the Grateful Dead’s sound for over thirty years, earning
them the nickname The Rhythm Devils. The percussive duo’s sole release was The
Apocalypse Now Sessions for which they were recruited by director Francis Ford
Coppola to bring together the myriad sounds and colors for the legendary film.
Both men have kept busy over the years participating in numerous projects from
the Grammy winning percussive super-group Planet Drum which brought Mickey
Hussain and many of the world’s best drummers, to the
one-off power trio SerialPod in which Kreutzmann collaborated with Trey
Anastasio (Phish) and Mike Gordon. Steve Kimock appeared in both The Other Ones
and Zero while Mike Gordon has clocked in the better part of the past twenty
years with Phish. This marks the first time that Hart, Kreutzmann, Gordon, and
Kimock have toured together as an ensemble.
One of the R&B world’s freshest commodities Goapele, will also be joining The
Rhythm Devils for their extended October run. Goapele has released two
critically acclaimed albums via Sony/Columbia and is ready to expose her
wonderful talent to a new audience. Sikiru Adepoju has collaborated with Mickey
Hart in past incarnations of Planet Drum. Sikiru is known as one of the most
accomplished Talking Drum players in the world and brings his uncanny
sensibilities to the Rhythm Devils mix.
The Rhythm Devils kick off their fall tour on October 17 at The Sunoco Theatre
in Harrisburg, PA before heading to The Starland Ballroom in Sayersville, NJ.
Stops in Ohio include Columbus’s Promowest Pavilion, Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre,
and The House of Blues in Cleveland. The band will hit the Midwest with a
special show at The Chicago Theatre on October 24 and The Riverside Theatre in
Milwaukee on October 25. The tour wraps up at The Vegoose Music Festival on
October 29. Tickets for all shows will be available through GDTSTOO at
10/17/06, Harrisburg, PA, Sunoco Thr.
10/18/06, Sayersville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
10/19/06, Columbus, OH, Promowest Pavilion
10/21/06, Toledo, OH, Stranahan Thr.
10/22/06, Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
10/24/06, Chicago, IL, Chicago Thr.
10/25/06, Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Thr.
10/29/06, Las Vegas, NV, Vegoose Music Festival
Author: World Music Central News Department
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