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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, Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums, 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.

June 6 - Santa Rosa, CA-Harmony Festival

June 8 - Lawrence, KS-Wakarusa Festival

July 3 - Rothbury, MI-Rothbury Festival

July 4 - Garretsville, OH-Nelson Ledges

July 5 - Chicago, IL-Lakeview Music Festival

July 6 - Milwaukee, WI-Summerfest

July 8 - Northampton, MA-Calvin Theater

July 9 - Alexandria, VA-Birchmere

July 10 - Morristown, NJ-Morristown Community Thr.

July 11 - Jim Thorpe, PA-Penn’s Peak

July 12 - Patchogue, NY-Great S Bay Music Festival

July 15 - NY, NY-Fillmore NYC

July 17 - Buffalo, NY-Thursday in the Park

July 18 - Binghamton, NY Magic City Music Hall

July 19 - Pittsburgh, PA-Palace Theatre

July 20 - Baltimore, MD -Ram’s Head Live

July 22 - Indianapolis, IN -The Vogue

July 24 - Detroit Lakes, MN-10k Lakes Festval

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MUSIC: Mickey Hart Band plays Thursday at the Square

Greater Niagara Newspapers



Deadheads, get ready.

Famed drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead plays Thursday in the Square tonight with the Mickey Hart Band.

Buffalo marks the 12th stop on the band’s first major tour together, and two weeks in, it’s been nothing short of a success.

“It’s going really well,†Hart said. “We have some new songs, high enthusiasm and we’ve had a very good fan response. It’s really exciting.â€

The tour features songs written by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and a mix of old favorites as well as some new tracks.

“We’ve found a good mixture between Grateful Dead songs and new (songs),†Hart said. “It’s really an extension of Grateful Dead, and the fans have just followed. It’s amazing the impact the Dead has had. I could tell the group had power from the beginning.â€

Beyond performing, Hart has taken an active role at the Smithsonian and Library of Congress in the preservation of music and aural archives.

“Music is the history of culture,†he said. “It contains the heart. These recordings are deteriorating. My job is to find and digitize them before they are lost, and allow access for people to enjoy them. It’s something of great interest to me, and people are happy I am doing this.â€

Hart has also long been a social activist in the healing power of music, putting songs on the same level as non-traditional methods such as art and occupational therapy.

“Music is becoming medicine,†he said. “With this, it’s strictly science on how music affects the brain. It’s exciting to see how music can be used as a healing tool.â€

Hart discovered the power music had on people by observing the audiences at concerts.

“Just watching how people reacted when we played,†he said, “it was pretty obvious early on.â€

Hart enjoys his roles outside of playing music, which keep him active and balanced when he works with people, he said.

Right now, Hart’s main focus is the Mickey Hart Band, but more projects are on the way. This fall, he is once again bringing together the members of the Global Drum Project, a collaboration of some of the world’s most talented percussionists.

As for tonight’s performance, the band is looking forward to performing for its Western New York fans.

“It’s really exciting,†said Hart. “And we’re really behind these songs. We’re going to give Buffalo some good stuff.â€

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