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Mickey Hart Band
feat. Dave Schools of Widespread Panic
and African Showboyz opening
Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mickey Hart, the well known and respected half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils with The Grateful Dead, will perform with his band featuring guest Dave Schools of Widespread Panic in the McDonald Theatre on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

All ages advance tickets are general admission and available now for $25 at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, online at TicketsWest, and will call online at mcdonaldtheatre.com.  Tickets day of show will cost $30. 

Doors will open at 7 p.m.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

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Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. As half of the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey and Bill Kreutzmann transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Their extended polyrhythmic excursions were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band's audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world.

Exposure to these exotic sounds fueled Mickey's desire to learn about the various cultures that produced them.

The Mickey Hart Band consists of Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Ian "Inx" Herman, guitarist Gawain Matthews, and keyboardist / producer, Ben Yonas.

JamBands.com gave the band's recent tour stop in NYC rave reviews stating that "Mickey Hart is nothing short of a musical genius and it shines through in everything he does. Whether he's working with George Lucas, NASA, or throwing together a unique group of musicians for a band, its apparent that Mickey isn't satisfied doing the same old thing...".

On September 22nd, 2012, Hart made history with neurologist Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., professor at the University of California San Francisco, by becoming the first to sonify and visualize brain activity in real time in front of a live audience. The two did so at the closing session of Life @50+, the AARP National Event & Expo in New Orleans.

"It all comes down to vibration and the rhythm of things," Hart says of his collaboration with Dr. Gazzaley. "Can you imagine being able to entrain with these rhythms and focus on a certain part of the brain? To be able to see what part of the brain lights up while you play a certain instrument, a certain rhythm at a certain amplitude. What does the brain look like before, during, and after an auditory driving experience?"

Hart continues, "This is about breaking the rhythm code, our genome project. Once we know what rhythm truly does, then we'll be able to control it, and use it medicinally for diagnostics, for health reasons. To be able to reconnect the synapses, the connections that are broken in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, that's where we are heading.” It's just the beginning, as far as Hart is concerned. "I've been working in my field for many years and so has Adam, it's a handshake between science and art. Life is all about rhythm, and the brain is Rhythm Central."

 

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