Two time Grammy winner, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), will perform with his band at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, on his 70th Birthday, 09/11/13, as part of the SUPERORGANISM Tour.
The Mickey Hart Band released their second album in two years on August 13th, 2013, titled SUPERORGANISM. On the band’s last record, Mysterium Tremendum (2012), Hart sonified light waves from space with the help of NASA and scientists from Penn State and Lawrence Berkeley Labs. Now, with SUPERORGANISM, Hart is going even deeper. “This time we journey into the micro, the hidden worlds of rhythm within us, within our bodies,” says Hart. “The brain, Rhythm Central, the place of dreams is explored. My brain wave signals are reimagined in sound using a cap with electrodes that can read the throbs and signals of the brain. I have also sonified the sounds of stem cells, and heart rhythms for this recording.” This idea began early in 2012 with Hart’s research of the affect of rhythm on the brain with Dr. Adam Gazzalley of UCSF.
Each night of the SUPERORGANISM tour, Hart will perform a piece of music with an EEG cap on his head while he plays the sounds of his brain. To see an example of how this will work, watch Hart and Dr. Gazzaley’s talk at AARP in New Orleans last November here. The Mickey Hart Band will also perform songs from their new album SUPERORGANISM, along with select tracks from Hart’s catalog and Grateful Dead favorites.
Long a social activist, Hart appeared in August 1991 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. With the help of Dr. Gazzaley, Hart is continuing his Music Therapy research at the age of 69. “It all comes down to vibration and rhythm,” Hart says of his collaboration with Dr. Gazzaley. “This is about breaking the rhythm code. 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.” 100% of ticketing fees from tickets sold through Mickeyhart.net will go towards Hart and Gazzalley’s research at UCSF. To learn more about Hart’s collaboration with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, or to make a donation to help fund this research, go to Rhythmandthebrain.com.
Special guests the Tea Leaf Trio (Trevor Garrod, Reed Mathis, and Cochrane McMillan of Tea Leaf Green) will open the show. Mathis will be performing double duties each night, performing with Tea Leaf Trio and the Mickey Hart Band. In celebration of Mickey’s 70th Birthday, many of the shows will feature additional special guests including some of his personal friends to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Mickey Hart Band consists of Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Greg Schutte, guitarist Gawain Matthews, bassist Reed Mathis, and keyboardist/sound engineer Jonah Sharp.
SUPERORGANISM will feature lyrics from Hart’s longtime collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, as well as many special guest musicians. The band recently released three free live tracks from their 3/6/13 Solana Beach, CA show including the brand new song, “The Sermon”, featuring lyrics by Robert Hunter. “The Sermon”, along with Grateful Dead classics “Ramble On Rose” and “Playing in the Band”, is available at http://www.mickeyhart.net/download. Watch a live performance of the band performing “The Sermon” here.
Time: Doors/Show: 7:30PM/ 8:30PM
Where: Hard Rock Cafe
3771 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV