Global Drum Tour Starts

Global Drum Project: October Tour 2008
Percussion All-Stars Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Sikiru Adepoju
Hit West Coast, Northwest, Midwest, Colorado, and Texas

Global Drum Project
Mickey Hart's three decades as the innovative percussion engine of the Grateful Dead, earned him Rock & Roll Hall of Fame status and worldwide notoriety. Years of constant touring also afforded him a platform for introducing his lifelong interest in multicultural sounds (rooted in childhood exposure to his mother's collection of early Folkways ethnographic recordings) to the American public; he presented on the Dead's performance stage such diverse artists as the great Yoruban drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Brazil's multi-talented Airto Moreira, Sudanese oud master Hamza El Din, and Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju.

Hart's all-star percussion ensemble Global Drum Project — including Hart, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, and Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum — will perform in fourteen cities throughout the Northwest, Northern and Southern California, Colorado, the Midwest (including Chicago and Minneapolis), and Houston, Texas. Tour dates include the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and an appearance at UCLA Live at Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Last year Global Drum Project once again found the all-stars collaborating in a collection of tranced-out, mesmerizing grooves and elegant electronic programming on a self-titled album. Recording performers include Planet Drum alumni Giovanni Hidalgo on Latin percussion and Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum, as well as Taufiq Qureshi on percussion and vocals, Niladari Kumar on sitar, Dilshad Khan on sarangi. The late Babatunde Olatunji is heard as well, in sampled "guest" vocals.

Coinciding with this release, previously unavailable reissues of essential Mickey Hart back catalog - Diga Rhythm Band, At The Edge, Planet Drum, Mystery Box, and Supralingua - are available via the iTunes Music Store and in physical retail outlets worldwide.

Tour Dates

10/01/08 Wed Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA
10/02/08 Thu Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
10/03/08 Fri McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
10/04/08 Sat Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/08/08 Wed Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Davis, CA
10/09/08 Thu Royce Hall at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
10/10/08 Fri The Birch North Park Theatre San Diego, CA
10/14/08 Tue Grand Theatre on Artsblock Wassau, WI
10/15/08 Wed Hancher Auditorium Iowa City, IA
10/16/08 Thu North Hall River Falls, WI
10/17/08 Fri The O'Shaughnessy St. Paul, MN
10/18/08 Sat Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
10/19/08 Sun Cullen Auditorium Houston, TX

[Published on: 10/1/08]

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michaeljackson Wed 10/1/2008 10:21AM
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robo2448 Wed 10/1/2008 10:30AM
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so no mickey hart band at these shows?

brooklynite84 Wed 10/1/2008 10:42AM
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Well i care, i saw these guys last september and was blown away by the quality of show they can put on, a very intimate experience that every deadhead should enjoy...i don't know why they waited til the last minute to post these dates that start today, i wish i would've been given a little more notice...

GreenGoat86 Wed 10/1/2008 10:50AM
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I care. Too bad no Northeast shows...

michaeljackson Wed 10/1/2008 11:10AM
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Dankstar starstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 11:25AM
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3 shows is hardly back. Half these a-holes will be lot lizard cuz its gonna sell out in under 5 mins plus its in march gotta have sumptin do till then Mr. Jefferson

michaeljackson Wed 10/1/2008 01:06PM
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what are you so bitter about Dankstar?

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 02:31PM
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This is going to be an amazing show. Got to see Zakir a few years ago & he blew my mind. If you have never heard Tabla beat science do yourself a favor & buy their DVD.

deadpig79 Wed 10/1/2008 02:38PM
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brooklynite84 Wed 10/1/2008 05:34PM
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I forgive ya michaeljackson, but i will say this since i can't on the phish article, i'm not a huge phish phan, i'm mroe of a deadhead and grew up in upstate NY full of Phish Phans, but i do respect the hell out of them, if they can bring back this jam scene which is pretty much dead now, then more power to them. It's awesome to have the Dead and Phish coming back in the same year! So people stop the bitchin, this is JAMBASE.COM, we should be rejoicing, especially now that all you JamBand freaks keep complaining about no Jam Bands being featured on this site anymore. So i look foward to seeing Phish for the first time, i've seen Trey four times and i think he's a talented guitar player and Phish can put on on a rockin show, so please no more fighting kids...

breadloaf Thu 10/2/2008 07:25AM
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Zakir is easily one of the greatest musicians I have ever seen in over three decades of checking out live music. His mastery is absolutely freaky.

mbh1013 Thu 10/2/2008 07:51AM
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Just thought I would point out that it states there is Colorado dates, yet there are none posted. Zakir is BAD ASS!!!!!

chiahead starstarstarstar Thu 10/2/2008 08:34AM
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I just saw this show last night in Seattle...holy drumming!!! Zakir and Giovanni are out of sight! Mickey was more of the leader, but he didn't really let loose too much. The show was good, but heavy in the percussion (obviously). Also, it was a sit-down affair, so if you're in it to dance, it might not be the show for you...

brianuke Thu 10/2/2008 11:42PM
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Just got back from the Portland show. Excellent world class music. There were plenty of folks dancing, but more of a "concert" than a show. Mickey looks great and was raging with energy. The sound was tribal, trancy, futuristic, and a must-see!

digideley Wed 10/8/2008 04:23PM
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Love this track. Peace