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Mickey Hart Band, El Rey Theatre, Chico, Calif., March 9, 2012

The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart came to Chico on March 9, 2012, to show off his new group, the Mickey Hart Band. He visited KZFR radio in the afternoon and performed at the El Rey Theatre at night. This new ensemble is more diversified than his many past projects, which have included Planet Drum, Bembe Orisha, and the Global Drum Project, all of which have focused on celebrating rhythms and percussion.

The Mickey Hart Band, which has been organically forming only over the past nine months, also produces danceable jam-rock, a couple of ballads and makes a few visits to the Grateful Dead catalog. With this band, Hart has broadened his musical scope beyond the horizon by actually scientifically harnessing and collaborating with the whole universe. In an interview for the Chico News & Review (see story at http://www.newsreview.com/chico/longer-stranger-trip/content?oid=5377494), in support of his new CD, "Mysterium Tremendum" (due out April 10), Hart said that the new record and the live-music product contains samples from outer space. Beginning as light waves captured from deep space then converted into audio bits with the help of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Meyer Sound in Berkeley, these faraway sounds have been sorted and filed, and the samples are then accessed and released into the Mickey Hart Band mix.

“It’s a very emotional experience,” Hart said. “We’re changing the light waves into sound waves and having a conversation with them. I make music with it and dance with it. I like the energy.”

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Mickey Hart Band, El Rey Theatre, Chico, CA
Set 1: Bertha / Let There Be Light / Starlight / Who Stole the Show / Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain
Set 2: Heartbeat, Slow Joe Rain / Supersonic / Endless Skies / The Other One / Cut the Deck / Not Fade Away e: Papa Was a Rolling Stone / Franklin's Tower
Mickey Hart visits KZFR, Chico's community radio station, to talk about concert and new CD
Mickey Hart visits KZFR, Chico's community radio station, to talk about concert and new CD
Mickey Hart and Sanjay Dev, host of reggae show, Devastation Sounds
Mickey Hart and Sanjay Dev, host of reggae show, "Devastation Sounds"
Mickey Hart, Sanjay, DJ/tech guy Bill DeBlonk and station GM Rick Anderson
Mickey Hart, Sanjay, DJ/tech guy Bill DeBlonk and station GM Rick Anderson
Mickey Hart discusses with KZFR GM Rick Anderson about the sounds of the universe
Mickey Hart discusses with KZFR GM Rick Anderson about the sounds of the universe
Rick Anderson, Mickey Hart, Sanjay Dev
Rick Anderson, Mickey Hart, Sanjay Dev
Sanjay Dev thanks Mickey Hart for his work for SEVA and other charitable efforts
Sanjay Dev thanks Mickey Hart for his work for SEVA and other charitable efforts
Mickey Hart makes a point, with Rick Anderson
Mickey Hart makes a point, with Rick Anderson
Mickey Hart revels in the reggae on the air
Mickey Hart revels in the reggae on the air
Bill DeBlonk, Mickey Hart, Rick Anderson
Bill DeBlonk, Mickey Hart, Rick Anderson
Mickey Hart-signed drumhead
Mickey Hart-signed drumhead
Chico's El Rey Theatre
Chico's El Rey Theatre
Vocalist/guitarist Crystal Monee Hall and Keyboardist/producer Ben Yonas
Vocalist/guitarist Crystal Monee Hall and Keyboardist/producer Ben Yonas
Marveling at the equipment before the show
Marveling at the equipment before the show
Happiness is Drumming, the title of a 1976 Diga Rhythm Band song
"Happiness is Drumming," the title of a 1976 Diga Rhythm Band song
Mickey Hart kicks it out during a Bertha opener
Mickey Hart kicks it out during a "Bertha" opener
Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart
Some of Mickey Harts equipment, featuring a bank of amplified hand-drums
Some of Mickey Harts equipment, featuring a bank of amplified hand-drums
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Ben Yonas
Ben Yonas
Tim Hockenberry - vocals, keyboards, trumpet
Tim Hockenberry - vocals, keyboards, trumpet
Tim Hockenberry
Tim Hockenberry
Dave Schools, of Widespread Panic fame
Dave Schools, of Widespread Panic fame
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Crystal Monee Hall
Tim Hockenberry and Crystal Monee Hall
Tim Hockenberry and Crystal Monee Hall
Gawain Matthews
Gawain Matthews
Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart
Dave Schools
Dave Schools
Tim Hockenberry
Tim Hockenberry
Gawain Matthews and Dave Schools
Gawain Matthews and Dave Schools
Long-time Hart collaborator Sikiru Adepoju on the talking drum
Long-time Hart collaborator Sikiru Adepoju on the talking drum
Inyx Herman
Inyx Herman
Mickey Hart and Ben Yonas amidst a lot of gear
Mickey Hart and Ben Yonas amidst a lot of gear
Mickey Hart and Ben Yonas amidst a lot of gear
Mickey Hart and Ben Yonas amidst a lot of gear
Mickey Hart Band, El Rey Theatre, Chico
Mickey Hart Band, El Rey Theatre, Chico
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