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Mickey Hart Band Announce First Dates of 2013 with The African Showboyz

Free Downloads From The Rex Foundation Benefit Recorded at The Fillmore Dec 1. feat. Bob Weir

Credit: Tamarind Jones

The Mickey Hart Band announces their first tour of 2013 with special guests, The African Showboyz from Ghana. The African Showboyz are four brothers from the northern part of Ghana who fuse a unique blend of West African rhythm, dance, and raw energy. Originally discovered by Grammy-winning virtuoso, Babatunde Olatunji, the African Showboyz have shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, Fema Kuti, Arrested Development, and many others. Watch a video of them performing a cover of Bob Marley's Redemption Song in Ghana HERE.

Last month in California, The African Showboyz joined the Mickey Hart Band on their final three shows of 2012. They received such an overwhelming response, that Hart decided to bring them out on tour this February. The African Showboyz will open each show and join the Mickey Hart Band throughout the night, transforming the Mickey Hart Band into a 12 piece ensemble with a total of 7 percussionists and 7 vocalists. Tickets are currently on sale at 100% of the ticketing fees sold through will go to fund Musical Therapy Research at UCSF.

To see video of The Mickey Hart Band performing "Samson & Delilah" with the African Showboyz at the Rex Foundation Benefit, "A Buck Dancer's Choice," filmed on Dec 1st, 2012 at the Fillmore, click HERE.

The Mickey Hart Band is also giving free downloads on their site from the recent Fillmore show featuring special guests Bob Weir and the African Showboyz. To download these songs and more, go to

African Showboyz - Credit: Tamarind Jones

Mickey Hart Band 2013 Tour Dates
02/15/13 The Crystal Bay Club - Crown Room - Crystal Bay, NV
02/16/13 Rogue Theatre - Grants Pass, OR
02/17/13 McDonald Theatre- Eugene, OR
02/19/13 Capitol Theatre - Nelson, BC, CAN
02/21/13 Red Deer Memorial Centre - Red Deer, Alberta, CAN
02/22/13 Festival Place - Sherwood Park - Alberta, CAN
02/23/13 Festival Place - Sherwood Park - Alberta, CAN
02/25/13 Jackson Hole Center for the Arts - Jackson, WY
02/26/13 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
02/28/13 Fox Theatre- Boulder, CO
03/01/13 Oriental Theatre- Denver, CO
03/02/13 Belly Up- Aspen, CO
03/04/13 Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
03/05/13 Rialto Theatre -Tuscon, AZ
03/06/13 Belly Up Tavern -Solana Beach, CA


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Joined: Aug 22 2007
Mickey tour

Please bring it east!

sean hemmerle's picture
Joined: Jul 10 2012
mickey tour..

no seattle/WA state gig? really. come on

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
BBC reports on Ghana musicians

The BBC reported today that It is widely known that for recording musicians to be considered successful, in most African countries, including Ghana, they must perform in Europe and/or the US. Unless people in these countries give their approval, the there music is worth nothing in their own native country,

I suspect congrats are in order for Mickey and Baba. They have put these talented musicians on a level where the should be. I expect that it is too much to ask why they cannopt be appreciated within their own country without the white man's approval.

Even Zwarte Piet needs the approval of the Dutch to do his thing at Christmas...

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
having seen this lineup at the Rex benefit a few weeks back

I can attest that they are DEFINITELY worth checking out.

Joined: May 2 2012
New England

All the projects and bands made up of members of the Dead are awesome. Please consider coming to visit and perform way up and over here in the Northeast!

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Good luck, Micky

With the funraising tour for musical therapy research at the UC San Francisco, which incorporates the African Showboyz from Ghana. I am sure this will be a good and successful tour for increasing the budget for UCSF's musical therapy division. I do wonder what the total amount netted would have done for the $4k per year average per capita income of the poor African country of Ghana had it been earmarked for dispersal in that country.

When a bunch of rich white musicians decides to fund some pet project with the best and brightest of a poor countries muciacal talents does this coincide with what is the greatest need for the poor country? Probably not. This is not to say that the Neighborhood Boyz didn't jump at this chance.

One wonders if this group of individuals had had a a more aware management they might have cut a deal where programs for the poor were greatly augmented and pushed the country into the middle-middle class of African countries. The point is, it is about what that country needs and not about what Mickey Hart and Baba Olutunji want.

In any case, I hope they are successful.


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