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Artist Profiles: Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart

 

Mickey Hart was born on September 11, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York City. He is best known for his nearly three decades as a fundamental part of the influential rock band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion unit known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey and Bill Kreutzmann went beyond the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band’s audience to an ever-growing set of percussion instruments from around the world. Exposure to these exotic sounds fueled Mickey’s desire to learn about the various cultures that produced them.

Hart’s tireless study of the world’s music led him to many great teachers and collaborators including his partners in Planet Drum. The self-titled Planet Drum album not only hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart remaining there for 26 weeks it also received the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991- the first Grammy ever awarded in this category.

 

Planet Drum

 

Planet Drum was one of twenty-nine recordings released on Mickey Hart’s The World series on Rykodisc Records. The World offered a wide variety of music from virtually every comer of the globe with releases like Voices of the Rainforest from Papua New Guinea and Living Art Sounding Spirit: The Bali Sessions.

 

 

Mickey’s experiences have led to unique opportunities beyond the music industry. He composed a major drum production performed by an assembly of 100 percussionists for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Additionally Mickey has composed scores soundtracks and themes for movies and television including Apocalypse Now Gang Related Hearts of Darkness The Twilight Zone the 1987 score to The Americas Cup the Walter Cronkite Report and Vietnam A Television History arvdr The Next Step. In 1994 Mickey along with all the members of the Grateful Dead was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Mickey Hart

 

Mickey’s lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music is documented in four books: Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion Planet Drum Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music and Songcatchers: In Search of the Worlds Music written in collaboration with National Geographic.

In 1999 Mickey was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In October of 2000 the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters upon Mickey for his work in advancing the preservation of aural archives.

Mickey is the 2003 Recipient of The Music Has Power Award by The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function part of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

Mickey is the recipient of the 2004 Governors Award presented by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).

On Sept. 18 2004 Mickey set a new Guinness World Record for the largest drum circle with 454 drummers.

Mickey Hart served for twelve years on the American Folklife Center (AFC) Board of Trustees and helped to establish the “Save Our Sounds project a collaboration between the AFC and the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He also served on the Smithsonian Folkways advisory board in the late 1980s where he was instrumental in shaping digitization strategy for the Moses and Frances Asch Folkways Records Collection and served as technical director for The Original Vision the initial Smithsonian Folkways reissue of Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly recordings. Hart also digitally remastered the Smithsonian Folkways album Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants and with Thomas Vennum Jr. supervised sound duplication for the album Navajo Songs.

In 2011 Mickey Hart made an agreement with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to release the world music recordings known as The Mickey Hart Collection.’ The plan is to preserve and further the Grateful Dead percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Smithsonian Folkways will make many of Mickey Hart‘s music projects available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs.

 

 

The Mickey Hart Collection started with 25 albums drawn from The World, a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects other artists’ productions and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the “Endangered Music Project”, a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk. Both The World and The Endangered Music Project were previously distributed by Rykodisc from 1988 to 2002. Hart co-produced The Endangered Music Project with Alan Jabbour former Director of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

The Mickey Hart Collection‘ offers a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe recorded in a diverse range of locations from the Nubian Desert to the Papua New Guinea rainforest. “Music is our talking book our portal to the spirit world. I hope you will enjoy these audio snapshots of my musical journey ,” Hart said. “It’s an honor to have my recordings at Smithsonian Folkways alongside the greatest songcatchers of our time.”

Today, Hart continues his extensive Grateful Dead career with fellow original bandmates Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann — and now with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chementi — in Dead & Company. The supergroup’s 2016 summer tour sold out shows nationwide in the United States, garnering acclaim from critics, Deadheads, and new fans alike.

Solo discography

Rolling Thunder (Warner Brothers BS2635 1972)
Diga Rhythm Band (1976)
The Rhythm Devils Play River Music with The Rhythm Devils (Passport Records PB 9844, 1980)
Dafos Mickey Hart Airto Moreira Flora Purim (Reference Recordings RR-1, 1983)
Yamantaka with Mickey Hart Henry Wolff Nancy Hennings (Celestial Harmonies Records, 1983)
Music to be Born By (Rykodisc, 1989)
At the Edge (Rykodisc, 1990)
Planet Drum (Rykodisc, 1991)
The Apocalypse Now Sessions with The Rhythm Devils (1991)
Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box (Rykodisc, 1996)
Supralingua (1998)
Spirit into Sound (2000)
The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back (Rykodisc, 2002)
Global Drum Project, with Zakir Hussain Sikiru Adepoju Giovanni Hidalgo (Shout Factory 2007)
Mysterium Tremendum (2012)
Superorganism (Empire, 2013)
Planet Drum, 25th Anniversary edition (Universal, 2016)

Videos

The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience DVD (2008)

Bibliography

Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion (1990)
Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm (1991)
Songcatchers: In Search of the Worlds Music (National Geographic 2003)
Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music (2006)

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The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back

Mickey Hart
The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back

Mickey Hart

The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back (Rykodisc)

Mickey Hart, drummer along with Bill Kreutzmann for the Grateful Dead, is a celebrated percussionist and composer in his own right, with a string of drum-flavored albums. Nine of his best tracks from the last two decades are included in this composition, including our favorite “Sweet Sixteen” which also features Zakir Hussain on tabla.

The album lasts only 45 minutes, though, and could have packed much more. The album concludes with the previously unreleased “Call to All Nations” from the opening ceremonies of the 100th Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996. A percussive romp with drummers from around the world, this album is a must-have for percussion fans.

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Drum Maestro Mickey Hart Releases Mysterium Tremendum Today

Mickey Hart – Mysterium Tremendum

Legendary drummer Mickey Hart has a new album titled “Mysterium Tremendum.” Hart’s latest musical adventure features renowned international musicians, including tabla master Zakir Hussain and conguero Giovanni Hidalgo.

I have always thought of life, the world at large, as music,” says Hart. “This work is a representation of that notion. I have combined sonic images of the formation of our universe with sounds drawn from musical instruments. It’s all about the vibrations that make up the infinite universe. In this case, they began as light waves and these light waves are still washing over us.

Scientists at Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and Meyer Sound have transformed these light waves into sound waves. These musical excursions transport me to wonderful and strange new places filled with rhythms for a new day. The combination of music from the whole earth and the sounds of the planets, the stars, the events that formed our universe is intoxicating and points toward an awareness of what music is, could be, and where it comes from. ”

For Mysterium Tremendum, Hart joined with long time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. The Mickey Hart Band consists of Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer Tim Hockenberry, drummer Ian “Inx” Herman, guitarist Gawain Matthews, and keyboardist and producer, Ben Yonas.

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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to Release Mickey Hart’s World Music Collection

Babatunde Olatunji – Drums of Passion, The Beat, one of the classic albums in the collection

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings announced that they are going to release the world music recordings known as the ‘Mickey Hart Collection.’ The plan is to preserve and further the Grateful Dead percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Smithsonian Folkways will make many of Mickey Hart’s music projects available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs.

The Mickey Hart Collection begins with 25 albums drawn from ‘The World,’ a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the “Endangered Music Project,” a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk. Both ‘The World’ and ‘The Endangered Music Project’ were previously distributed by Rykodisc from 1988 to 2002.

The Mickey Hart Collection’ offers a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe, recorded in a diverse range of locations from the Nubian Desert to the Papua New Guinea rainforest.

Music is our talking book, our portal to the spirit world. I hope you will enjoy these audio snapshots of my musical journey,” Hart says. “It’s an honor to have my recordings at Smithsonian Folkways alongside the greatest songcatchers of our time.”

Hart co-produced The Endangered Music Project with Alan Jabbour, former Director of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Mickey Hart served for twelve years on the American Folklife Center (AFC) Board of Trustees and helped to establish the “Save Our Sounds” project, a collaboration between the AFC and the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Hart has also co-written four books documenting his lifelong fascination with the history and mythology of music. These include Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music and Songcatchers: In Search of the World’s Music. He also served on the Smithsonian Folkways advisory board in the late 1980s, where he was instrumental in shaping digitization strategy for the Moses and Frances Asch Folkways Records Collection and served as technical director for The Original Vision, the initial Smithsonian Folkways reissue of Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly recordings. He also digitally remastered the Smithsonian Folkways album Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants and, with Thomas Vennum, Jr., supervised sound duplication for the album Navajo Songs.

On October 11, digital downloads and on-demand CDs can be purchased directly from Smithsonian Folkways at folkways.si.edu/. Full-album purchases include complete, original liner notes as .PDF files. Additional materials will be added to The Mickey Hart Collection in the future.

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Mickey Hart and Ladysmith Black Mambazo World Music Winners at 2009 Grammy Awards

 Global Drum Project
Global Drum Project

The Recording Academy announced tonight, February 8,  the winners of the 2009 Grammy Awards. Mickey Hart’s global percussion project, featuring Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo and Hart, won the Best Contemporary World Music Album award for the Global Drum Project recording (Shout! Factory).

South African veterans Ladysmith Black Mambazo won the Best Traditional World Music Album with Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu  (Heads Up International).

Other winners related with world music include José Feliciano’s Señor Bachata (Universal Music Latino), which won the Best Tropical Latin Album.

The Best Reggae album went to Jah Is Real by Burning Spear (Burning Music Production) .

One of the best roots music recordings of 2008, Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, was awarded the highest honors – Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Please Read the Letter.” The duo also took home awards for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Rich Woman” (a category they also won last year for “Gone Gone Gone”), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Killing the Blues,” and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Raising Sand.  The duo also performed tracks “Rich Woman” and “Gone Gone Gone” at the music awards with producer, bandleader and fellow Grammy winner T Bone Burnett along with a stellar cast of musicians including Buddy Miller, Dennis Crouch, and Jay Bellerose.

Ilembe
Ladysmith Black Mambazo won the Best Traditional World Music Album with Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

In the Blues category, B.B. King and Dr. John And The Lower 911 won this year’s awards. B.B. King won Best Traditional Blues Album with One Kind Favor (Geffen Records). Meanwhile, City That Care Forgot by Dr. John And The Lower 911 (429 Records) won the Best Contemporary Blues Album award.

Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra won Best Polka Album with Let the Whole World Sing

Banjo wizard Béla Fleck & The Flecktones won the Best Pop Instrumental Album award with the recording Jingle All The Way.

Come To Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs” is the winner of the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Native American Music Album. Produced by Tom Wasinger.

The event took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and was broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the Grammy Awards,  The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.

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Reissue CDs Revisit Wildly Infectious Rhythms

Mickey Hart - Planet Drum
Mickey Hart – Planet Drum

On the eve of famed Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s upcoming 20-city tour this summer with guitarist Steve Kimock, bassist George Porter, Jr.,vocalist Jen Durkin and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, Shout Factory has released a series of reissue CDs by Mickey Hart that include Planet Drum, Diga Rhythm Band, At the Edge, Supralingua and Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box.

As a nod to the changing technology since the original release of these recordings, Shout Factory is offering up for the first time digital downloads of these titles. I am sometimes skeptical of reissues, but the promo copies of Planet Drum and At the Edge we received are such stellar CDs that if you don’t have them in your collection you should.

Planet Drum is chocked full of interlocking, intertwined rhythms from across the globe intended to carry the listener off to uncharted territories, as with opening track “Udu Chant” shot through with exotic bird calls, udu drum, tabla and Hart’s created instrument the “beam.” The CD picks up momentum with “Island Groove” with its slow samba rhythm and Yoruban overtones and Babatunde Olatunji’s plummy vocals. “Light Over Shadow,” the wildly infectious rhythms of “Dance of the Hunter’s Fire” and the haunting sounds of “Temple Caves” will leave the listener breathless.

The bell improvisation in “Evening Samba” is stunningly inventive. And that is I think that innovative spirit is the core of Mr. Hart’s vision with Planet Drum and his creation of a new musical landscape. Teaming with Zakir Hussain, the late Babatunde Olatunji, T.H. Vikku Vinayakram, Flora Purim,Airto Moreira,Giovanni Hidalgo, among others, Mr. Hart has blown apart expectations of the standard drum solo and propelled percussion into uncharted territories.

Also on reissue is the CD At the Edge. I marveled at this CD when it came out, so revisiting the music on it seems almost nostalgic, but what was surprising was that I didn’t find the compositions dated. The music is still captivating and fresh. Opening with “#4 For Gaia” with its forest sounds, rainstick and rattles, the listener is transported to some magical rain forest. “Sky Water” with Zakir Hussain on processed table and tuned metal drums, Jerry Garcia on electric guitar and Mickey Hart on processed bell conjures fantastical images in this long, lush track.

The blazing, fast and furious “Fast Sailing” and the meaty, rich sounds of “The Eliminators” are mesmerizing pieces. “Brainstorm,” written by Mr. Hart and Babatunde Olatunji is splendid, but then with Mr. Olantunji playing jembe could it be bad?

Planet Drum and At the Edge are two worthy reissues. So if you haven’t heard them you should and if you’ve hoarding a borrowed version of either it’s time to return it to its proper owner and buy your own copies.

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Supralingua, a Global Beat Classic

Mickey Hart and Planet Drum – Supralingua

Mickey Hart and Planet Drum – Supralingua (Shout Factory, 2008)

Originally released in 1998, Supralingua is part of a collection of drumming masterpieces reissued by Shout! Factory. In addition to the outstanding collection of drumming masters that percussion visionary Mickey Hart has accustomed us to, the album also includes Tibetan chants by real monks (not samples), vocals and a wide range of sounds made by Hart himself using his computer-controlled machine called RAMU. With the RAMU, Hart is able to generate the sounds of the didjeridu (a favorite of San Francisco Bay Area world music acts), flutes, vocal samples, kalimba and much more.

The list of percussionists is a dream team: Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju and David Garibaldi. The musicians create a hypnotic percussive ambiance, combined with mesmerizing melodies that span the globe. The tribal drumming collective explores Afro-Cuban beats, Tibetan mantras, Australian Aboriginal soundscapes, African drumming and much more.

If you love drums, get this global beat classic. Shout! Factory has reissued this year other drumming gems by Mickey Hart’s various projects.

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Astounding Global Percussion

Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo – Global Drum Project

Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo – Global Drum Project (Shout Factory, 2007)

Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain co-produced Global Drum Project and its 8 tracks of blood-racing, heart-thumping, soul-sweeping goodness. Add to this spectacular collaborative duo Latin percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, talking drum artist Sikiru Adepoju, the vocals of the late Babatunde Olatunji, percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, Niladari Kumar on sitar and Dilshand Khan on sarangi and you’ve hit nirvana.

Opening track “Baba” is a spicy collage of interlocking rhythms, incorporating the meaty vocals by Babatunde Olantunji. In places the vocals mirror the tabla lines and in other places they mimic rough sound of Tuvan throat singing, making this track literally swim in coolness.

“Kaluli Groove” transports the listener into a rhythmic jungle with faint bird calls and sampled voices from “Voices of the Rainforest” amid a chunky beat and twangy guitar sound.

One of my favorites is the dreamy, hypnotic “Funky Zena” that travels along in a electronic-hazy groove. “Dances with Wood” is spare compared to some of the other tracks with an acoustic take on drumming rhythms, but it’s this track where the listener gets full force the consummate talent of these artists and slams into a wall of richly textured percussion. It’s tight, neatly packed percussion is astounding. “Heartspace” moves with the slowness of a river with sitar, sarangi, vocals and Indian rhythms; making it exotic and lovely.

The 1991 release of Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum resulted in a Grammy win for Best World Music Album and an astounding 26 weeks on the Billboard chart, so it be no surprise if Global Drum Project went on to achieve the same accolades. Fans will have the opportunity to experience the masterful grooves themselves when the group tours the US this fall to promote Global Drum Project.

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Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain Reunite 15 Years after The Grammy-Winning Planet Drum for Global Drum Project

 The members of the Global Drum Project in 2006 - Photo by John Werner

The members of the Global Drum Project in 2006 – Photo by John Werner

 

Four international master percussionists have joined forces for a new recording and tour. The Global Drum Project includes Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo. The new CD is titled Global Drum Project.

Over three decades as the innovative percussion engine of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart’s ear for global sounds brought numerous unpredictable guests to the Dead’s stage performances.

Hart’s 1991 release Planet Drum was the natural outgrowth of this adventure, showcasing his gift as a supreme catalyst in convening the world’s finest percussion talent for a dazzling collaboration – including Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who is an international phenomenon in his own right. Zakir began his career as a child prodigy has gone on to win many awards, founded his own record label Moment! Records, and starred in two documentaries, 2003’s “The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain and the Art of the Indian Drum” and 1998’s “Zakir and His Friends”.

Planet Drum was recorded in Hart’s Sonoma County home and studio, with the Dead’s legendary crew turning virtually every room in the house into a work zone for each musician. The album won the first-ever Grammy for Best World Music Album, spent an unprecedented 26 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart, and sells as a perennial favorite to this day.

Global Drum Project on 2stage in 006 - Photo by John Werner
Global Drum Project on 2stage in 006 – Photo by John Werner

15 years have passed, and the friendship and musical partnership of Hart and Hussain, which began in the early 70s with their world fusion experiment Diga Rhythm Band, has continued to flourish. Their 2006 Planet Drum reunion tour was immensely well-received and germinated the idea to revisit “ Planet Drum

Hence this fresh collaboration of tranced-out grooves, elegant electronic programming and hypnotic tuned percussion that is the Global Drum Project. Masterfully produced by Hart and Hussain, the Global Drum Project once again enlists the great partnership of Sikiru Adepoju (Nigerian talking drum) and Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), as well as Taufiq Qureshi (brother to Zakir Hussain) on percussion & vocals, Niladari Kumar on sitar, Dilshad Khan on sarangi, and sampled vocals by the late, great Olatunji. Global Drum Project will be in stores October 2nd, 2007. The ensemble will again tour the U.S. this fall in support of the release.

In addition to the Global Drum Project, Shout! Factory will be reissuing a series of catalog titles that will be made available digitally in October, and physically released in 2008. The titles include Diga Rhythm Band (a crystalline, remixed celebration of drumming and percussion featuring Hart, Hussain, nine other rhythmatists, and Jerry Garcia on two tracks), At The Edge ( Companion to his acclaimed book debut, Drumming at the Edge of Magic (Harper San Francisco 1990).
The album will be in stores October 2.

Global Drum Project 2007 Tour Dates:

20- Sep Tucson, AZ – University of AZ
21- Sep Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
22- Sep Albuquerque, NM – Globalquerque
23- Sep Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
24- Sep Denver, CO – Oriental Theatre
27- Sep Chico, CA – Cal State Chico
28- Sep Berkeley, CA – UC Berkeley
30- Sep Arcata, CA – Humboldt State
05- Oct Atlanta, GA – University of GA
06- Oct Birmingham, AL – Jemison Hall, University of AL
09- Oct Washington DC – George Washington U
11- Oct Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall
12- Oct Storrs, CT – U Conn
13- Oct Burlington, VT – University of VT
14- Oct Poughkeepsie, NY – Bardavan Opera House
16- Oct University Park, PA – Penn State
17- Oct New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
18- Oct Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater
20- Oct East Lansing, MI – Michigan State U
21- Oct Columbus, OH – Southern Theater
22- Oct Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
25- Oct Glen Ellyn, IL – College of DuPage
26- Oct Madison, WI – U of Wisconsin
27- Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Orchestra Hall
(more dates TBA)

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Drum Supergroup The Rhythm Devils Will Tour This Fall

The Rhythm Devils – Photo by Rick Levinson, Rhythm Devils

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, Baaba Maal, 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 together with Zakir 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 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 www.gdtstoo.com.

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

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