It's still hard to believe that the Grateful Dead is history. Following Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, the Grateful Dead dissolved. The band's remaining members toured as The Other Ones and The Dead, or formed new groups including Furthur, RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends. Ex-Dead drummer Mickey Hart is no exception, and has kept on truckin'.Hart first perked my ears with his 1991 world-percussion "Planet Drum" CD that was one of my bachelor-pad soundtracks back in the day. Hart's latest group, Mickey Hart Band, features eight talented musicians, including Rochester-native Joe Bagale on lead vocals. Mickey Hart Band ain't the GratefulDead or Planet Drum, but you can hear some familiar elements of both. Either way, you're gonna groove.
Mickey Hart Band performs Thursday, May 23, 9 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St. $30-$35. waterstreetmusic.com.