Grateful Dead drummer and percussionist Mickey Hart will launch a 20 city tour this summer including appearances at many of the nationÂ’s premiere music festivals. The outing comes on the heels of the Shout! Factory releases of The Mickey Hart Collection and the Rhythm Devils Concert Experience DVDs due this summer. The Mickey Hart Band will feature Steve Kimock on guitar, George Porter Jr on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums, and talking drum master Sikiru.
After headlining appearances at Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa on June 6 and Wakarusa on June 8, the group will head out on an 18 city trek beginning July 3 at the Rothbury Festival in Michigan and continuing through July 24 at 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota. The shows will feature the Robert Hunter-penned songs debuted by the Rhythm Devils in 2006 including Â“Fountains of Wood,Â” Â“The CenterÂ” and Â“Your House,Â” in addition to Grateful Dead staples such as Â“New Speedway BoogieÂ” and Â“Fire on The Mountain.Â”
The two disc Rhythm Devils DVD filmed in Chicago during their fall tour in 2006 is packaged in a hard bound book and features all of the Rhythm Devils originals as well as a stunning version of “7 Seconds” all in 5.1 surround sound. Disc two offers a combination of interviews and behind the scenes footage giving fans the opportunity to watch the band rehearse.
In addition, Shout! Factory has just released The Mickey Hart Collection which includes the Grammy winning Planet Drum, At The Edge, Diga Rhythm Band, Superlingua, and Mystery Box. HartÂ’s Planet Drum won the first ever World Music Grammy and still stands as one of the genreÂ’s benchmark albums. Mickey reunited with some of his Planet Drum band mates including tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, to form Global Drum Project in 2007 and released a record to critical acclaim followed by an extensive tour.
Mickey has kept quite busy over the past few years including tours with Hydra, Rhythm Devils, and Global Drum Project in addition to continuing his work with the Library of Congress. He also performed at Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiÂ’s inauguration in 2007 and more recently appeared at the Â“Deadheads For ObamaÂ” event along with fellow Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. On April 20, Mickey headlined Golden Gate Park with a mass drum ensemble including Tommy Lee, John Fishman, Joan Baez, and Bob Weir in celebration of Earth Day as part of the Green Apple Music Festival.
The summer run will take the band to festivals, theatres, and outdoor events across the East Coast and Midwest beginning July 3rd at Rothbury Festival and continuing on to MilwaukeeÂ’s Summerfest, Lakeview Music Festival, and Nelson Ledges rounding out July 4th weekend. East Coast stops include Great South Bay Festival on Long Island, PennÂ’s Peak in PA, and Thursday in the Square in Buffalo. Select tour dates will offer pre-sale and VIP tickets which include a special after-show meet and greet with Mickey. Visit the new www.mickeyhart.net website for all tour dates and on-sale information.
Mickey Hart Band Tourdates:
July 2- Newport, KY-Southgate House
July 3-Rothbury, MI-Rothbury Festival
July 4-Garretsville, OH-Nelson Ledges
July 5-Chicago, IL-Lakeview Music Festival
July 6-Milwaukee, WI-Summerfest
July 8-Northampton, MA-Calvin Theatre
July 9-Alexandria, VA-Birchmere
July 10-Morristown, NJ-Morristown Community Thr.
July 11-Jim Thorpe, PA-PennÂ’s Peak
July 12-Patchogue, NY-Great S Bay Music Festival
July 15-NY, NY-Fillmore NYC
July 17-Buffalo, NY-Thursday in the Square
July 18-Binghamton, NY Magic City Music Hall
July 19-Pittsburgh, PA-Palace Theatre
July 20- Baltimore , MD -RamÂ’s Head Live
July 22-Indianapolis, IN- Vogue Theatre
July 23-Omaha, NE-Slowdown
July 24-Detroit Lakes, MN-10,000 Lakes Festval