The Rhythm Devils plan New England shows

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The Rhythm Devils, the new project by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, have announced two locals shows this fall. The band will make their way to Massachusetts for a show at the Showcase Live in Foxboro on Friday, September 3. They’ll head north to the the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire the next day, Saturday, September 4. Tickets for both shows, which are $35 for the Friday show and range from $20 to $40 for the Saturday show, are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

Joining the band for the tour will be Nigerian talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, returning from their last tour back in 2006, Back Door Slam’s Davey Knowles on guitar and vocals, Andy Hess on bass and The Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm on guitar

“It’s a great combination,” said Hart of the band’s lineup in a press release. “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…on the second part of our tour is Tim Bluhm, who will bring his ferocious California guitar style and beautiful vocals to the mix.”

Kreutzman described the band’s music as “quite different” adding “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.”

While the band promises the music will be very percussion-driven, they will also be reconstituting some familiar Grateful Dead tunes in their own unique way as wells a number of songs written exclusively for the band by Robert Hunter. Hunter’s collaborations with the late Jerry Garcia provided some of the Dead’s most memorable and durable material.

“It’s time for Bill and me to get together and explore new rhythms and take it to the next level,” added Hart. “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.”

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