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Dark Star Orchestra confirms '10 New Year’s Eve

Closing in on the 1900 show mark, Dark Star Orchestra has confirmed plans to ring in 2011 with a New Year’s Run including Penn’s Peak in Northeast PA December 28, and celebrating New Year’s Eve with a pair of shows December 30, 31 at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets go on sale today, September 29, through DSO Fan Club and will go on sale to the public on October 3.  There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets available which include reserved seating, access to a private bar, an exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.  More information, NYE tickets and hotel packages are available here.

For the final tour of 2010, Dark Star Orchestra will offer a new twist on their Grateful Dead setlist concept. The ‘City Near You’ Tour features DSO recreating Grateful Dead setlists taken from the town or region where the show is taking place. The tour starts November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, with a pair of shows at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom; where for instance, DSO will recreate a show that originally took place in or near the Bay Area, and so on, throughout the rest of the tour that winds mostly down the West Coast and ends in Denver at the Fillmore December 11.

Additionally, the members of Dark Star Orchestra are thrilled to announce the recording and release of an original song co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter called “Run Mary.”  The upbeat song features combined vocals from Rob Barraco, Lisa Mackey and Rob Eaton.  Available shortly on iTunes, “Run Mary” can be heard streaming online. A free download of “Run Mary” is available when purchasing DSO tickets through its Fan Club Ticketing. As always, DSO continues to play Grateful Dead show recreations and elective setlists as its main focus.

Check out a past Grateful Web webcast of DSO in Boulder, CO

Dark Star Orchestra: www.darkstarorchestra.net

Dark Star Orchestra Ticketing: http://dso.inticketing.com

Dead News: Warner Bros. Box Set + Jam Cruise Tixs

It's time to slip into auditory bliss with the five-LP boxed set The Warner Bros Studio Albums! Out now, the collection features The Grateful Dead, Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty, plus the sought-after original mixes for Anthem Of The Sun and Aoxomoxoa on 180-gram vinyl cut from the original analog masters.

Pick it up at Dead.net and you’ll not only get free shipping*, but you’ll also get an exclusive reproduction of the rare 1968 “Dark Star” 7” single AND an exclusive reproduction of a rare 1967 promotional poster.

Take a tour of The Warner Bros Studio Albums boxed set with David Lemieux. Click here.

SIRIUS|XM, home of the Grateful Dead Channel, is giving you and a guest the chance to win a trip on Jam Cruise 9! Featuring performances from over 30 bands and special guests, including Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children, Rhythm Devils featuring Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart, and many more. The cruise sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale January 4-9, 2011 with port stops in Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico. See Official Rules and enter for your chance to win – click here!

Unbroken Chain will be working with charity: water on the Box of Rain Project to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Learn more about the Box of Rain Project - featuring many opportunities to raise funds for a noble cause and bid on exciting upcoming auction packages.

Dead Symphony #6 Down South

Southern Deadheads have a special opportunity coming up.  On October 5th, the Lagrange (Georgia) Symphony will perform Lee Johnson’s “Dead Symphony #6.”  As the Dead’s publicist and biographer, I flinched a little when I first heard of the idea of a symphonic take on the Dead; I feared “Dead with strings.”  That’s emphatically not Lee Johnson’s Dead Symphony.  Lee had a Deadhead friend, of course (doesn’t everybody?), who initiated him into the cult.  He really got the Dead’s music, which is of course rooted in improvisation.  Since having a 75 piece symphony improvise is….a bad idea, he did the improvising himself in the score, and the result is a take on familiar melodies, with variations, and not a simple new coat of strings.

The CD was much admired, and the live performances, first at the Baltimore Symphony, and more recently at the California Symphony (Walnut Creek, California) and Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz, California), have been knock-outs.

Now Lee’s taken the score and given it a final tune-up, so that what will be performed in Lagrange will be the final version.  And Lee will be in the cello section.

Lagrange is going to find itself in a slightly altered state on October 5th – check it out!  

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.   And be sure to check out Grateful Web's review of Dead Symphony #6.

DSO East to West Coast Tours, NYE and More!

A Slingshot On Mars Tour Preview

Following a stellar summer tour full of great festivals and friends we are excited to hit the road again for the Slingshot On Mars Tour starting September 9th. Upcoming dates include stops in Knoxville and Memphis, TN, Terrapin Hill Farm in KY and the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Then we make first time stops at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA before a weekend run through some of our favorite east coast stops including The Norva, Rams Head Live and 9:30 Club. Along the way we will celebrate our time in Baltimore and DC with a Cap Centre Weekend. On 9/17 and 9/18 DSO will choose from the legendary Grateful Dead Capital Centre shows and will recreate that show in its entirety. We will then round off our tour with a special acoustic set at Mexicali Live along with stops in Munhall, PA, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, Albany, Toads Place in New Haven, CT, Syracuse, Northampton and Lowell, MA before closing out the tour in the 'Big Apple' at the Nokia Theatre.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

From A City Near You Tour

DSO is celebrating our return to the West Coast by recreating shows From a City Near You. Each night Dark Star will choose a Grateful Dead show from a city close to that venue and will recreate that show in its entirety. This will be the perfect time to gather your tour buddies and relive the experience or for you to see that show for the first time that you have only heard stories about.

The tour kicks off in the "Golden State" with 2 nights in good ole San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. From there we head up to Sacramento then over to the banks of Lake Tahoe for a stop at the Crystal Bay Club Casino before returning to Cali for shows in Anaheim and LA before a Saturday night stop in 'Sin City' and a Sunday/Monday run at the Belly Up Tavern in Solona Beach. The last week of tour brings us back to the Mile High City with stops in Tempe and Flagstaff AZ, Salt Lake City and the tour Closer at the Fillmore in Denver.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

The Rex Foundation and DSO

In addition to continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience at our shows we are working with The Rex Foundation to continue their legacy of giving. We have recently created a donation module on our fanclub-ticketing page that allows you to make a donation to the Rex Foundation while purchasing tickets to our shows.

For our summer tour former Grateful Dead tie-dye artist Courtenay Pollock designed a backdrop for us. We are pleased to raffle this off with part of the proceeds benefiting the Rex Foundation. If you would like to bid on this one of a kind tie-dye design on 4 10' x 10' panels, please send your bid and contact info to: brett@darkstarorchestra.net.

August 9, 2010 marks the 15 year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. The album includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists in the order they appear on the album are: Railroad Earth, The Black Crowes, Moonalice, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Waybacks, Widespread Panic, Hot Buttered Rum, and Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Download the files (MP3, FLAC, or ALAC) or buy the CD here.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
A Slingshot On Mars Tour
09/09 The Valarium Knoxville, TN TICKETS
09/10 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN TICKETS
09/11 Terrapin Hill Farm Harrodsburg, KY TICKETS
09/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
09/14 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC TICKETS
09/15 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA TICKETS
09/16 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
09/17 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
09/18 930 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
09/20 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
09/22 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
09/23 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
09/24 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
09/25 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
09/27 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
09/28 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
09/30 Calvin Theatre Northhampton, MA
10/01 Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
10/02 Nokia Theatre New York, NY TICKETS
Wings a Mile Long Tour
10/20 Reif Center Grand Rapids, MN TICKETS
10/21 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
10/22 The Venue Fargo, ND TICKETS
10/23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
10/25 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI TICKETS
10/26 Traverse City Opera House Traverse City,MI TICKETS
10/28 Bluebird Bloomington, IL TICKETS
10/29 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
10/30 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
10/31 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN TICKETS
11/2 Copper Dragon Carbondale, IL TICKETS
11/3 The Blue Note Columbia, MO TICKETS
11/4 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS TICKETS
11/5 The Slowdown Omaha, NE TICKETS
11/6 CCastle Theater Bloomington, IA TICKETS
Just Announced - From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA TICKETS
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS

Formerly the Warlocks...always The Dead

If you weren't in the know in Southern Virginia in early October of 1989, then you probably missed an epic pair of "stealth" shows the Dead played under the guise of their original name "The Warlocks." As The Warlocks, the boys found a way around their town ban and we've found a way to bring you those historic October 8 & 9, 1989 Hampton Coliseum shows as the latest in a distinguished line of complete-run boxes.

That's right, the Warlocks Box showcases every note of the band's two magical nights at Hampton Coliseum, spread over six CDs. From a "revival" of old favorites including the elusive "Dark Star," and the long-lost "Attics of My Life" (unplayed since 1972!) to crowd-pleasing nuggets like the spectacular "Morning Dew," the raucous "I Need a Miracle," and the incendiary Brent/Phil stomper "Gimme Some Lovin'," this collection offers up a veritable career retrospective. And quite a transcendent one at that!

Mixed from the original 24-track analog and mastered to HDCD specifications and packaged in a wooden cigar box filled with photos, essays, and cool memorabilia, this one's a potent blast of the late '80s Dead you won't want to miss.

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DISC 1
1. Foolish Heart
2. Walkin' Blues
3. Candyman
4. Me and My Uncle
5. Big River
6. Stagger Lee
7. Queen Jane Approximately
8. Bird Song
9. Promised Land

DISC 2

1. Help On The Way
2. Slipknot!
3. Franklin's Tower
4. Victim or the Crime
5. Eyes of the World
6. Rhythm Devils

DISC 3
1. Space>
2. I Need A Miracle
3. The Wheel
4. Gimme Some Lovin'
5. Morning Dew
6. We Bid You Goodnight

DISC 4
1. Feel Like A Stranger
2. Built To Last
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Ramble On Rose
5. We Can Run
6. Jack-A-Roe
7. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
8. Row Jimmy
9. The Music Never Stopped

DISC 5
1. Playing In The Band
2. Uncle John's Band
3. Playing In The Band
4. Dark Star
5. Rhythm Devils

DISC 6
1. Space
2. Death Don't Have No Mercy
3. Dear Mr. Fantasy
4. Hey Jude
5. Throwing Stones
6. Good Lovin'
7. Attics of My Life

The Warner Brothers Studio Albums + Dead.net exclusive

What a long, strange trip it's been! In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, we proudly present THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS, a five-LP boxed set commemorating those tremendous and transformative early years. Due September 21st, the collection contains The Grateful Dead (1967), Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty (1970), plus the original mixes for Anthem Of The Sun (1968) and Aoxomoxoa (1969), available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 40 years!

This stunning set also features detailed replicas of the original albums housed in a hard-shell case with an accompanying 12" x 12" book containing unpublished photos and new liner notes by our friend Blair Jackson. And as always, we've ensured the highest degree of quality - these albums were pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters. Now all you've got to do is gently place the needle on the record and slip into auditory bliss!

Order from Dead.net and receive an exclusive reproduction of a rare 1968 7" single (in a picture sleeve) that features the studio version of "Dark Star" (b/w "Born Cross-Eyed"), clocking in at a concise 2:38. You'll also receive a reproduction of a rare 1967 promotional poster from the Warner Bros. Records archive. The 7" and poster are yours only when you place your order at Dead.net.

SF Giants pay homage to the Fat Man

The San Francisco Giants will pay tribute to music legend Jerry Garcia on Monday, August 9, when they face the Chicago Cubs at 7:15 p.m. Garcia and the Grateful Dead are synonymous with San Francisco and each year the City celebrates “the days between” which are the days within Garcia’s birthday (August 1) and the day of his passing (August 9).

San Francisco’s ‘Dead Heads’ and music fans alike will gather at AT&T Park to pay homage to Jerry Garcia on the 15th anniversary of his passing. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will receive a seat in the Jerry Garcia designated section at AT&T Park; a limited edition Jerry Garcia/Giants themed bobblehead, portraying Garcia’s National Anthem performance at Candlestick Park back on April 12, 1993; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by visiting sfgiants.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

All fans attending the game will be treated to pre-game, live musical performances from some of San Francisco’s most popular Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover bands and a home plate ceremony featuring a video tribute to Garcia with many of his family members in attendance. Garcia’s daughter, Annabelle Garcia, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will perform the National Anthem and Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart will lead fans in a special 7th Inning Stretch celebration. In an attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kazoo ensemble, Hart will lead more than 7,000 kazoo playing fans in “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

For fans interested in attending a Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead VIP Party, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in AT&T Park’s new Triples Alley location, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. This event will include an exclusive Q&A session with Garcia’s family members, friends and Rex board members. Grateful Dead band mates Bob Weir and Mickey Hart will also be in attendance. KNBR’s morning show host Paul McCaffrey will moderate the discussion. A Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover band will hold a private show for those in attendance. Tickets are available for $175 and include access to this premium space; a Lower Box game ticket; the limited edition Jerry Garcia bobblehead; food and beverages; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets to this event can be purchased by visiting sfgiant.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

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About the Rex Foundation:

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. rexfoundation.org

Rhythm Devils ft. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann announce Part Two of Summer Tour

Just as summer moves in to full swing and the Rhythm Devils pack up to hit the road, the band announces a hefty number of new dates for late summer. The Rhythm Devils – Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the polyrhythmic engine that drove the Grateful Dead for nearly three decades – will make stops throughout the Midwest and Northeast covering some of the territory they’ll miss when out west for their earlier summer shows.

Joining Hart and Kreutzmann in the Rhythm Devils for part two of the tour will be Nigerian talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, returning from the last RD tour in 2006, Back Door Slam’s Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals) and Andy Hess (bass). The Mother Hips' Tim Bluhm (guitar, vocals) extends his first run as a Devil.

The Rhythm Devils name has its origins in the late ’70s. As Hart explains, “I remember Jerry looking at Bill and I one time. He shook his head and just said, ‘You guys are Rhythm Devils.’”

But the 2010 incarnation of the Rhythm Devils is guaranteed to be unlike anything that’s come before—the dynamic mix of the musicians’ individual but complementary styles and approaches is sure to lead to some serious sparks. “The music is quite different,” says Kreutzmann. “It’s real groove-based. It has lots of percussion and electronics. It’s very danceable. It’s gonna be quite a mix up there.”

“It’s a great combination,” says Hart. “You have the deep trance music from Nigeria and West Africa that Sikiru brings to us and there’s Davy who at any moment just might rip the sky apart with his guitar and Andy Hess is a real gem of a bass player. We’re also excited to have Tim Bluhm, who will bring his ferocious California guitar style and beautiful vocals to the mix.”

While both Hart and Kreutzmann promise that the music will be percussion-driven, another factor contributing to the Rhythm Devils’ special mojo is the troupe’s repertoire: Not only will they be reconstituting some familiar Grateful Dead tunes in their unique way, but the Devils will also be performing numerous tunes written exclusively for them by Robert Hunter, the legendary songwriter whose collaborations with the late Jerry Garcia provided the Dead with their most beloved and durable material.

“Robert Hunter is a major force in all of this. He has written his heart out in these new songs,” says Hart. “There will also be enormous, exciting electronic sections of pulsing, throbbing, beautiful zones. There are places and sounds still unknown and unborn that we will no doubt visit.”

Kreutzmann and Hart have been inextricably entwined as partners since they first met in 1967, two years after the formation of the Grateful Dead with Kreutzmann the sole drummer. On that first night, they literally “played the city,” walking around San Francisco with drumsticks banging on everything in sight. Hart joined them immediately and except for a brief hiatus in the ’70s, the pair remained with the Dead until 1995, when Garcia’s death signaled the end of an era. Since then, Kreutzmann and Hart have continued to make music both together (most recently in The Dead) and apart, but they both agree that a special chemistry takes place when their percussive minds are in sync.

“When we get together and we’re in the groove it’s a tractor beam,” says Hart. “Anyone around that will be drawn in. But we always thought of the Grateful Dead, and anything that we did together, as a work in progress. This too is a work in progress and that’s the best thing you could say. We’re looking to the future with this kind of music. In the Grateful Dead we created a body of work that we’ll not leave behind. But we also have an identity as the Rhythm Devils, and that’s who we’ll be.”

Summer Tour 2010 Leg One, with Keller Williams:

Friday, July 16 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA
Saturday, July 17 String Summit North Plains OR
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR
Thursday, July 22 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
Friday, July 23 Steamboat Springs Concert Series Steamboat Springs CO
Saturday, July 24 Spud Drive In Driggs ID
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT
Tuesday, July 27 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
Wednesday, July 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ
Thursday, July 29 Soundwave San Diego CA
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT

Summer Tour 2010 Leg Two, with Tim Bluhm
:

Saturday, August 21 Hoxeyville Festival Cadillac MI
Sunday, August 22 House of Blues - Chicago Chicago IL
Monday, August 23 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, August 24 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee WI
Thursday, August 26 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall PA
Friday, August 27 The Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg PA
Saturday, August 28 The Music Hall Theater Tarrytown NY
Wednesday, September 1 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York NY
Thursday, September 2 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
Friday, September 3 Showcase Live Foxboro MA
Saturday, September 4 Hampton Beach Casino Room Hampton Beach NH
Monday, September 6 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Garrettsville OH
Wednesday, September 8 The Stage Theatre State College PA
Thursday, September 9 Water Street Music Hall Rochester NY
Friday, September 10 The Bears Den @ Seneca Niagra Niagara Falls NY
Saturday, September 11 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington VT
Tuesday, January 4 - Sunday, January 9 Jam Cruise 9 Fort Lauderdale FL
Sunday, January 9 Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL

Rhythm Devils ft. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann announce Summer Tour

For nearly three decades they were the two-headed, eight-limbed, polyrhythmic engine that drove the Grateful Dead. Now, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart are the Rhythm Devils, and when the veteran percussionists take to the road this summer, even the most Deadicated of fans will be in for some big surprises. “The music is quite different,” says Kreutzmann. “It’s real groove-based. It has lots of percussion and electronics. It’s very danceable. It’s gonna be quite a mix up there.”  Hart says, “This music will take you to a very special place, I think. It’s like a super friendly rhythm snake that has wrapped itself around the world a few times and now it’s coming our way. It’s electric; it’s got rhythm, has words and flies. It’s the Rhythm Devils.”

Joining Hart and Kreutzmann in the Rhythm Devils for this tour will be Nigerian talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, returning from the last RD tour in 2006, Back Door Slam’s Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals) and Andy Hess (bass). Plus one-man-band Keller Williams (guitar, vocals) makes his first run as a Devil, joining the band on select dates, as does The Mother Hips' Tim Bluhm (guitar, vocals).

The Rhythm Devils name has its origins in the late ’70s. As Hart explains, “I remember Jerry looking at Bill and I one time. He shook his head and just said, ‘You guys are Rhythm Devils.’”

But the 2010 incarnation of the Rhythm Devils is guaranteed to be unlike anything that’s come before—the dynamic mix of the musicians’ individual but complementary styles and approaches is sure to lead to some serious sparks. “It’s a great combination,” says Hart. “You have the deep trance music from Nigeria and West Africa that Sikiru brings to us and there’s Davy who at any moment just might rip the sky apart with his guitar and Andy Hess is a real gem of a bass player. Joining us for the first part of the tour is the 'one man band' Keller Williams and on the second part of our tour is Tim Bluhm, who will bring his ferocious California guitar style and beautiful vocals to the mix.”

While both Hart and Kreutzmann promise that the music will be percussion-driven, another factor contributing to the Rhythm Devils’ special mojo is the troupe’s repertoire: Not only will they be reconstituting some familiar Grateful Dead tunes in their unique way, but the Devils will also be performing numerous tunes written exclusively for them by Robert Hunter, the legendary songwriter whose collaborations with the late Jerry Garcia provided the Dead with their most beloved and durable material.

“Robert Hunter is a major force in all of this. He has written his heart out in these new songs,” says Hart. “There will also be enormous, exciting electronic sections of pulsing, throbbing, beautiful zones. There are places and sounds still unknown and unborn that we will no doubt visit.”

Kreutzmann and Hart have been inextricably entwined as partners since they first met in 1967, two years after the formation of the Grateful Dead with Kreutzmann the sole drummer. On that first night, they literally “played the city,” walking around San Francisco with drumsticks banging on everything in sight. Hart joined them immediately and except for a brief hiatus in the ’70s, the pair remained with the Dead until 1995, when Garcia’s death signaled the end of an era. Since then, Kreutzmann and Hart have continued to make music both together (most recently in The Dead) and apart, but they both agree that a special chemistry takes place when their percussive minds are in sync.

“When we get together and we’re in the groove it’s a tractor beam,” says Hart. “Anyone around that will be drawn in. But we always thought of the Grateful Dead, and anything that we did together, as a work in progress. This too is a work in progress and that’s the best thing you could say. We’re looking to the future with this kind of music. In the Grateful Dead we created a body of work that we’ll not leave behind. But we also have an identity as the Rhythm Devils, and that’s who we’ll be.”

When they’re not working together as the Rhythm Devils, both Hart and Kreutzmann are involved in other projects. Kreutzmann plans to release a new album later this year with his other band, 7 Walkers, which features singer-songwriter Papa Mali (who has also been collaborating with Hunter on new material), multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, and George Porter Jr. on bass.

Among Hart’s recent endeavors is the tentatively titled Rhythms of the Universe, a project of enormous scope. Hart is currently working with leading scientists to capture raw light waves from Space and then transform those light waves into sound waves. Hart then uses those sounds to compose Universal music. Hart's goal is nothing less than exploring what the universe really sounds like, from the Big Bang to the galaxies, to the stars and planets and beyond.

But for both Kreutzmann and Hart, it’s the upcoming Rhythm Devils tour that’s got them most excited. “It’s part of my lifelong partnership, my 40-year rhythmic experience, with Bill Kreutzmann,” says Hart. “It’s time for Bill and me to get together and explore new rhythms and take it to the next level. We share a unique rhythm and we’ve got some great guys with us who we’re going to explore what it sounds like on this planet…star date; 2010.”

Rhythm Devils current tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 16 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 17 String Summit North Plains OR with Keller Williams
Sunday, July 18 Britt Festival Jacksonville OR with Keller Williams
Thursday, July 22 Ogden Theatre Denver CO with Keller Williams
Friday, July 23 Steamboat Springs Concert Series Steamboat Springs CO with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 24 Spud Drive In Driggs ID with Keller Williams
Sunday, July 25 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT with Keller Williams
Tuesday, July 27 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ with Keller Williams
Wednesday, July 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ with Keller Williams
Thursday, July 29 Soundwave San Diego CA with Keller Williams
Saturday, July 31 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT with Keller Williams
Tuesday, January 4 - Sunday, January 9 Jam Cruise 9 Fort Lauderdale FL with Tim Bluhm
Sunday, January 9 Revolution Fort Lauderdale FL with Tim Bluhm
Part two of the summer tour still to be announced.

Rex Foundation Grant for San Francisco's Jerry Day

The Rex Foundation is pleased to announce a special grant to support Jerry Day in San Francisco. Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates San Francisco native son - Jerry Garcia. The free event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia and celebrates his legacy at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, recognizing his childhood Excelsior District roots.


Jerry Day is held annually near Jerry's birthday, August 1. The 2010 event is Sunday, August 1. Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is in the Excelsior District at McLaren Park in the City and County of San Francisco. The outdoor amphitheater was renamed Jerry Garcia Amphitheater after the musician's death in 1995. Jerry Garcia was a force within the Grateful Dead for thirty years. He was a unique musician spawned from the bluegrass jug band era following San Francisco's Beat Generation. He and Grateful Dead band mates and a plethora of fellow musicians explored musical themes and genres well beyond the psychedelic splendor of the Summer of Love.

Rex Foundation acknowledges the wonderful work of the Jerry Day committee and its association with the San Francisco Parks Trust. The Jerry Day Celebration commemorates and invigorates the community that continues to grow because the music Jerry created remains vital. Many people only see each other at these types of events where the music is the glue that binds and creates the common shared experience. Jerry's following was enormous and included other bands and collaborations in addition to the Grateful Dead. Jerry may be gone, but we're not. His spirit is alive and replays through events like Jerry Day. The Rex Foundation board of directors is delighted to assist this worthy endeavor.

"Jerry Day" is one of those special sweet neighborhood events that San Francisco is famous for.  The amphitheater at McLaren Park has been renovated and improved greatly since it's renaming ceremony.  Come on out and hear some good music, walk through a beautiful park, and enjoy the grass lawn and Bay view in Jerry's old neighborhood.  Let the music flow free!" ~Carolyn Garcia

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.