Former Grateful Dead member brings his own style to Omaha


November 22nd, 2011

Omaha, NE – The backbone of one of rock n’ roll’s most famous bands has spent the past several years making a name for himself as a solo artist. Now, he’s bringing his own eclectic style to Omaha.

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After forming in 1965, it wasn’t long before the Grateful Dead had made a name for themselves as the innovators of fearless rock n’ roll. Ignoring the songwriting taboos of the genre for several decades, the group experimented with the ingredients of jazz, funk, and traditional rock n’ roll to create a strange, yet potent brew.

Mickey Hart (on drums) performing with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead at President Obama's Inaugural Ball. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

At the foundation of the Dead’s success lay the pounding rhythms of drummer Mickey Hart. Hart joined the band in 1967 and left in 1971, only to rejoin three years later in 1974. He continued to play with them until their official break-up in 1995. However, during that time, Hart came into his own as a solo artist. While writing and performing with the Grateful Dead, Hart released several successful albums, including the 1991 album Planet Drum which earned Hart a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.

Now the former member of the Grateful Dead is bringing his critically-acclaimed writing to Omaha. He’ll be joined by his new accompanying band, which debuted in New York to a packed house last August. One hundred percent of the ticketing fees from tickets sold on his website will be donated to the Rex Foundation for Music Therapy. The show takes place at the Waiting Room in Benson on December 12th.

One Response

  1. Rich (Bird Dog) Bertuola says:

    To me, Mickey is the next most talented member of the Grateful Dead, next to Jerry. Not Bobby and not Phil. Mickey!
    God Bless the Grateful Dead

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