The Rhythm Devils have confirmed a string of dates this fall at theatres across the country. The new super-group which features Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon of Phish, and the ubiquitous Steve Kimock first came together this past spring in New York City. After a mini-tour in August that included The Gathering of the Vibes Festival, The Rhythm Devils are poised to return to the road this October leading up to The Vegoose Music Festival. The October dates will also feature vocal sensation Goapele and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju.
In August, the band debuted new original material penned by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter including “Fountains of Wood,” “The Center” and “Who Do You Think You Are.” The group also dipped into the Grateful Dead songbook highlighted by “The Other One,” “Sugaree” and “Comes A Time.” In the spirit of collaboration, The Rhythm Devils have welcomed many special guests at their recent appearances including Bob Weir, Charlie Musselwhite, Babba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Stephen Perkins, and the legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.
Hart and Kreutzmann's remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power became a hallmark of the Grateful Dead's sound for over thirty years, earning them the nickname The Rhythm Devils. The percussive duo's sole release was The Apocalypse Now Sessions for which they were recruited by director Francis Ford Coppola to bring together the myriad sounds and colors for the legendary film.
Both men have kept busy over the years participating in numerous projects from the Grammy winning percussive super-group Planet Drum which brought Mickey together with Zakir Hussain and many of the world's best drummers, to the one-off power trio SerialPod in which Kreutzmann collaborated with Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Mike Gordon. Steve Kimock appeared in both The Other Ones and Zero while Mike Gordon has clocked in the better part of the past twenty years with Phish. This marks the first time that Hart, Kreutzmann, Gordon, and Kimock have toured together as an ensemble.
One of the R&B world’s freshest commodities Goapele, will also be joining The Rhythm Devils for their extended October run. Goapele has released two critically acclaimed albums via Sony/Columbia and is ready to expose her wonderful talent to a new audience. Sikiru Adepoju has collaborated with Mickey Hart in past incarnations of Planet Drum. Sikiru is known as one of the most accomplished Talking Drum players in the world and brings his uncanny sensibilities to the Rhythm Devils mix.
The Rhythm Devils kick off their fall tour on October 17 at The Sunoco Theatre in Harrisburg, PA before heading to The Starland Ballroom in Sayersville, NJ. Stops in Ohio include Columbus’s Promowest Pavilion, Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre, and The House of Blues in Cleveland. The band will hit the Midwest with a special show at The Chicago Theatre on October 24 and The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee on October 25. The tour wraps up at The Vegoose Music Festival on October 29. Tickets for all shows will be available through GDTSTOO at www.gdtstoo.com. Check out www.rhythmdevils.net for photos, mp3s, and the new Rhythm Devils online store.
10/17/06 Harrisburg, PA Sunoco Thr.
10/18/06 Sayersville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/19/06 Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion
10/21/06 Toledo, OH Stranahan Thr.
10/22/06 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
10/24/06 Chicago, IL Chicago Thr.
10/25/06 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Thr.
10/29/06 Las Vegas, NV Vegoose Music Festival