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Mickey Hart Band Showcases New Age Experimental Style In Fort Lauderdale

Mickey Hart Band Showcases New Age Experimental Style In Fort Lauderdale

Excitement and nostalgia filled the air as hundreds of Deadheads gathered at Revolution Live to witness Rhythm Devil, Mickey Hart, showcase his newest musical project, the Mickey Hart Band on Wednesday, October 17. Upon entering the stage, Hart was greeted with passionate cheers from eager enthusiasts hoping to see glimpses of the magic once displayed with the legendary Grateful Dead. Hart indulged these fans with multiple Deadhead favorites, including “Franklin’s Tower” and “Fire on the Mountain,” but the musical high points came in the form of cutting-edge electronic sounds, into which Hart had clearly been invested.

Excitement and nostalgia filled the air as hundreds of Deadheads gathered at Revolution Live to witness Rhythm Devil, Mickey Hart, showcase his newest musical project, the Mickey Hart Band on Wednesday, October 17. Upon entering the stage, Hart was greeted with passionate cheers from eager enthusiasts hoping to see glimpses of the magic once displayed with the legendary Grateful Dead. Hart indulged these fans with multiple Deadhead favorites, including “Franklin’s Tower” and “Fire on the Mountain,” but the musical high points came in the form of cutting-edge electronic sounds, into which Hart had clearly been invested.

Although many fans were surprised to see the amount of electronic influence incorporated into the music, the crowd hardly seemed disappointed with the artistic outcome. The band’s unique blend of classic and psychedelic rock, with new-aged tribal funk and mystical trance music yielded the manifestation of an extraterrestrial auditory odyssey. Witnessing Hart’s creation of otherworldly rhythmic vibrations through electronic manipulation was mindboggling. It was inspiring to see that Hart is still motivated to experiment within the realm of new sounds, rather than simply basking in what is left from the glory days of Dead.

While the band displayed great talent, production issues plagued many potentially great moments. Throughout the first set, the sound quality greatly suffered and many melodic components were lost due to static, feedback and excessive bass. Although many of the experimental electronic jams were enjoyable, the inconsistency of sound quality rendered some sequences extremely difficult to tolerate. Visually, it was very difficult to see all members of the band, especially bassist, Dave Schools, and keyboardist/synth player, Ben Yonas. In fact, from the pit, Yonas was practically invisible. It seemed the audience craved a visual stimulant or lightshow of some sort.

The musical highlight of the night came during a very unique interpretation of multiple historic dissertations. The band went in to a series of dark, electronic rhythmic verses, in which multiple excerpts from historic American oratories – most notably Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” – were played in sequence with the rhythm. Lyrically, the focus of these songs was to establish that the American public must save our government from the corruption that infects it today. The song was extremely moving, and expressed the feeling of urgency and imperative change, well-suited to the flood of political headlines currently dominating the mainstream media. 

Ironically, the most prominent cover of the show was not a Grateful Dead song, but rather the final encore consisting of a vivacious version of “White Room,” originally by Cream. A tribute to one of the greatest rock bands ever, the rendition saturated all corners of the venue in an artistic energy perpetuated by ear-to-ear smiles, and heartfelt dancing. As the animated performance concluded, Hart preceded to thank the audience for their countless years of undying love and support, and the grateful vibes were just as infectious as Hart’s evident love for music through the times.

Images and videos by Jonny Scoblionko / Melodysiac © 2012

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victor

October 19th, 2012

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