(LOS ANGELES, CA) – February 8, 2005 – The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Particle, a pioneering electronic/jam-rock band, have come together to form HYDRA. The new group will launch a 14-date tour debuting their innovative sound nationwide, beginning April 7th in Santa Cruz, California and ending on April 24th in Washington, DC. Stops include The Fillmore in San Francisco, The Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, and New York's Roseland Ballroom while wrapping its way around the country.

This union marks the first time Hart has joined an existing act to create a new unit. Of the venture he explains, "Hydra is about extreme music. Extreme music for extreme people. I need it!" Equally as excited about the collaboration, the members of Particle declare, "Hydra's sound is a departure from anything we've ever done before. It's a whole new breed of sonic exploration." Concertgoers can expect to hear original material such as "Heart Of The Hydra," "Creature of Comfort" and "The Glow" as well as a sampling of Particle songs, and a dose from Hart's catalogue, including the possibility of fresh takes on Grateful Dead classics.

Mickey Hart is a Grammy award winner and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His near 40 years with the Dead plus myriad of world music projects have brought a heightened awareness to the role of the drum in global cultures. As half the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Particle has enjoyed a whirlwind career trajectory since forming in 2000. The instrumental quartet's signature 'funktronic' blend has earned them a core audience of adventurous music fans dubbed Particle People. Highlight performances include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Austin City Limits Festival, and recent performances in Japan and Europe. Particle was recently hailed as one of pop's "New Faces" by Rolling Stone and their debut album Launchpad garnered critical praise and was named one of 2004's Top Ten Records by the Associated Press.

Enter The Hydra This Spring!

Tour dates and venues as follows:

April 7 | Santa Cruz, CA-Catalyst
April 8 | San Francisco, CA-The Fillmore
April 9 | San Diego, CA-4th & B
April 10 | Los Angeles, CA-Henry Fonda Theatre
April 12 | Denver, CO-Paramount Theatre
April 14 | Minneapolis, MN-Quest
April 15 | Milwaukee, WI-The Rave
April 16 | Chicago, IL-Vic Theatre
April 17 | St. Louis, MO-Orpheum Theatre
April 19 | Covington, KY-Madison Theatre
April 21 | Worcester, MA-Palladium
April 22 | New York, NY-Roseland Ballroom
April 23 | Philadelphia, PA-Electric Factory
April 24 | Washington, DC-9:30 Club

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[Published on: 2/9/05]

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