Mickey Hart Band Featuring Steve Kimock & George Porter Jr. Confirm Summer Run
Grateful Dead drummer and percussionist Mickey Hart will launch a 20 city tour this summer including appearances at many of the nations premiere festivals. The outing comes on the heels of the Shout! Factory releases of The Mickey Hart Collection out this spring. The Mickey Hart Band will feature Steve Kimock on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju. 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 and continuing through July 24 at 10K Lakes Festival. The shows will feature the Robert Hunter penned songs debuted by the Rhythm Devils in 2006 including "Fountains of Wood," "The Center," and "Your House," in addition to Grateful Dead staples such as "New Speedway Boogie" and "Fire on The Mountain."
This spring, Shout! Factory will release The Mickey Hart Collection which includes the Grammy winning Planet Drum in addition to At The Edge, Diga Rhythm Band, Superlingua, and Mystery Box. Hart's Planet Drum won the first ever World Music Grammy and still stands as one of the genre's benchmark albums. Hart 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 Pelosi's inauguration in 2007 and more recently appeared at the "Deadheads For Obama" event along with fellow Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. On April 20, Mickey will headline Golden Gate Park with a mass drum ensemble in celebration of Earth Day as part of the Green Apple Music Festival.
Fans will also be treated to a new Rhythm Devils DVD this summer filmed in Chicago during their fall tour in 2006. The DVD will be available this summer on The Mickey Hart Band Tour and online at various outlets.
Mickey Hart Band Tour Dates:
06/06/08 Fri Harmony Festival Santa Rosa, CA
06/08/08 Sun Wakarusa - Clinton Lake State Park Lawrence, KS
07/03/08 Thu Rothbury Music Festival Rothbury, MI
07/04/08 Fri Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Garrettsville, OH
07/05/08 Sat Lakeview Arts & Music Festival Chicago, IL
07/06/08 Sun Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/09/08 Wed Birchmere Alexandria, VA
07/10/08 Thu Community Theater Morristown, NJ
07/11/08 Fri Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
07/12/08 Sat Great South Bay Music Festival Patchogue, NY
07/15/08 Tue The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York, NY
07/17/08 Thu Thursday in the Square Buffalo, NY
07/18/08 Fri Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY
07/19/08 Sat Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA
07/20/08 Sun Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
07/24/08 Thu 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN