Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is hitting the road with his solo ensemble the Mickey Hart Band for a string of dates next month. Hart and his crew will kick things off on February 15th at Crystal Bay, Nevada's Crystal Bay Club Casino and wrap the dates up on March 6th in Solana Beach, California at the Belly Up Tavern.

Mickey Hart says that throughout his life he's always been a fan of exotic sounds -- regardless of their origin: "I just love the sounds of the world. I've always been attracted to it. I believe that music has medicinal qualities to it, and I think it brings people together. It makes us human, and this is what, y'know, we sound like as a people -- it's a badge of identity to us."

The Mickey Hart Band tour dates (subject to change):
February 15 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino
February 16 - Grants Pass, OR - Rogue Theatre
February 17 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 19, 20 - Nelson, BC - Capitol Theatre
February 21 - Red Deer, AB - Red Deer Memorial Centre
February 22, 23 - Sherwood Park, AB - Festival Place
February 25 - Jackson, WY - Center For The Arts
February 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 28 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
March 1 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater
March 2 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
March 4 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum Theater
March 5 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
March 6 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern