Erstwhile Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart also has enjoyed a lengthy, thriving career in world music. In fact, he was a pioneer in exploring global frontiers even before the genre had a name, and won the first world music Grammy some 20 years ago with his Planet Drum percussion project. Hart's currently leading a full band most notably featuring Nigerian talking drums master Sikiru Adepoju, a member of Planet Drum. He's also reportedly working on a new album inspired at least partially, he's said, by "sampling light waves from the cosmos," suggesting his ethnomusicological forays now stretch to infinity and beyond. At the same time Smithsonian Folkways is releasing a slew of past Hart projects as the MickeyHartCollection. On this tour, Hart is promising new material, presumably from the cosmic plane, an array of his greatest hits, and even some Dead tunes.
Thu., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2011