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
The Rhythm Devils have confirmed a string of dates this fall at theaters 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, Babba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Stephen Perkins, and the legendary 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 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 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 critically acclaimed albums via 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 Theater in Harrisburg, PA before heading to The Starland Ballroom in Sayersville, NJ. Stops in Ohio include Columbus's Promowest Pavilion, Toledo's Stranahan Theater, 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 Theater 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. Check out www.rhythmdevils.net for photos, mp3s, and the new Rhythm Devils online store.

10.17 | Harrisburg, PA | Sunoco Thr.
10.18 | Sayersville, NJ | Starland Ballroom
10.19 | Columbus, OH | Promowest Pavilion
10.21 | Toledo, OH | Stranahan Thr.
10.22 | Cleveland, OH | House of Blues
10.24 | Chicago, IL | Chicago Thr.
10.25 | Milwaukee, WI | Riverside Thr.
10.29 | Las Vegas, NV | Vegoose Music Festival


[Published on: 9/15/06]

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rfreeman starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/15/2006 01:26PM
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Sweet - Nice to see Sikiru joining in the fun - hope they add a Drums segment at these shows as that was a surprising omission from at least some of their gigs this year

jf7 starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/15/2006 03:23PM
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Awsome!!! I already have tickets for Columbus

Treetophigh starstarstarstar Fri 9/15/2006 07:51PM
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Cant wait for the chicago date
looks like im gonna have to cut some local shows out to afford this one
But im pumped

cofor20 starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/15/2006 09:55PM
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looks like fun! a southern date or 2 would be cool. new orleans?

insignia Sun 9/17/2006 07:48AM
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Greatwaves Sun 9/17/2006 07:59PM
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nice midwest tour, fatty fresh... cleveland HOB is where its at this fall
sts9, devils, bisco, ziggy marley, so much more thanks

Rinosquad starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/18/2006 08:48AM
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Did I just see Toledo on the schedule. This is the best thing to happen to T-town since Tony Packo's hotdogs. And on a Saturday night. Thank the music Gods for that one.

Berns Mon 9/18/2006 03:13PM
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no New Orleans? come on y'all tear up a little before Vegoose at the Wolf or Tips, but most important keep groovin peace and love skye berns

joshp1731 Tue 9/19/2006 09:31AM
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hope they add a NE date

koss star Wed 10/25/2006 08:01AM
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I just saw this show at Chicago Theatre and the singer stunk!!!
It was not:"One of the R&B world's freshest commodities Goapele" They had this girl who was did not even know the lyrics to Grateful dead songs and who had to sing off sheet music all night!!!
It was a shame because the band was good.
I don't know what happen, but they made a very poor choice with this new singer.
I hope they drop her soon and just have Mike Gordon sing and just Jam.....the fans all know the lyrics anyway.

modulus7 Wed 11/1/2006 07:13AM
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Chick singer definitely sucked. other than that chi town was awesome.

phlowin starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 02:19PM
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That chick singer is Jen Durkin. You young whippersnappers may not remember Deep Banana Blackout - they were the funkiest band in the land back in the day. She is a Goddess and you should feel honored to have been in her presence.
I haven't heard the particular show you speak of, but I've heard the Vegoose and the Sunoco Theatre shows and she fit in very well.
Just had to give Jen her props. Nothing need be said about the rest of this legendary line-up.