Grammy-winning drummer Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of the extraordinary rock 'n' roll band the Grateful Dead. His extended polyrhythmic excursions with fellow percussionist Bill Kreutzmann were highlights of Grateful Dead shows, introducing the band’s audience to an ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world.
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 Mathews, 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…”.
Hart has been honored repeatedly for his prodigious musical achievements. The Grateful Dead was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 2007, along with the other members of the Dead, Hart received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, earlier this year Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released the Mickey Hart Collection, a compendium of albums curated by Hart and featuring a wide variety of music from virtually every corner of the globe.
On April 10th, 2012, Hart released Mysterium Tremendum, his first in studio album in five years, and the follow up to his 2007 Grammy winning Global Drum Project.