Grateful Dead drummer and percussionist Mickey Hart will launch a 20-city tour this summer, including appearances at many of the nation’s premiere music festivals.
In addition the Hart, the lineup features Steve Kimock on guitar, George Porter Jr. on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums, plus talking drum master Sikiru.
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.”
The outing coincides with the Shout! Factory releases of The Mickey Hart Collection reissue series and the "Rhythm Devils Concert Experience" DVDs due this summer. The two-disc "Rhythm Devils" DVD filmed in Chicago during the band’s 2006 fall tour 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. The Mickey Hart Collection includes the Grammy-winning Planet Drum, album, plus At The Edge, Diga Rhythm Band, Superlingua and Mystery Box.
Select tour dates will offer pre-sale and VIP tickets, which include a special after-show meet and greet with Mickey.
For more information on tour dates and sales, visit www.mickeyhart.net. For other details, visit www.myspace.com/mickeyhartmusic.
Tour dates, cities and venues include:
June 6: Santa Rosa, Calif., Harmony Festival
June 8: Lawrence, Kan., Wakarusa Festival
July 2: Newport, Ky., Southgate House
July 3: Rothbury, Mich., Rothbury Festival
July 4: Garretsville, Ohio, Nelson Ledges
July 5: Chicago, Lakeview Music Festival
July 6: Milwaukee, Summerfest
July 8: Northampton, Mass., Calvin Theatre
July 9: Alexandria, Va., Birchmere
July 10: Morristown, N.J., Morristown Community Theater
July 11: Jim Thorpe, Pa., Penn’s Peak
July 12: Patchogue, N.Y, Great S. Bay Music Festival
July 15: New York City, Fillmore NYC
July 17: Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday in the Square
July 18: Binghamton, N.Y., Magic City Music Hall
July 19: Pittsburgh, Palace Theatre
July 20: Baltimore, Ram’s Head Live
July 22: Indianapolis, Vogue Theatre
July 23: Omaha, Neb., Slowdown
July 24: Detroit Lakes, Minn., 10,000 Lakes Festival