The Rhythm Devils are re-forming in 2006 for a series of appearances beginning this August. After hosting this year’s Jammy’s in New York City, Mickey & Bill decided to take The Rhythm Devils to the next level.
Although they existed within The Grateful Dead for over three decades, this will mark the first time The Rhythm Devils have appeared as a touring group outside of the Dead. The Rhythm Devils welcomed many special guests at their inagural appearances in New York City that included Mike Gordon, Charlie Musselwhite, Babba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Steve Kimock, Stephen Perkins, and The Mutaytor.
Hart & Kreutzmann’s remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power would a be 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. Coppola was in the process of conceptualizing his musical underpinnings of “Apocalypse Now” when he attended a Grateful Dead concert and found the perfect accompaniment for his cinematic vision of the Apocalypse.
Both have kept busy over the years participating in numerous projects from the Grammy winning percussive supergroup 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 and Mike Gordon of Phish. The Rhythm Devils are brimming with excitement to get back on the road. Mickey Hart says, “The stars are finally aligned to have some of our closest musical friends playing together in one group.”
The Rhythm Devils plan to make high profile appearances at festivals and special events from coast to coast kicking off this August rolling out new material, choice covers, and a few chestnuts from the GD songbook. They will release a handful of tracks from the New York City Rhythm Devils show at The Canal Room. Check out mickeyhart.com for more info expected soon.
August 16 & 17-Burlington, VT-Higher Ground Ballroom
August 18-Alexandria, VA-Birchmere Bandstand
August 19-Mariahville, NY-Gathering of The Vibes