Spotlight - Rock Icon Mickey Hart Lifts Spirits at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
July 13, 2015
Grateful Dead Drummer Makes Music with Patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
He's rocked out in front of as many as 600,000 fans at concert venues all over the country. As a Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart and his band mates have headlined more than 2,300 concerts while developing a cult following among devotees who proudly call themselves "Deadheads."
After being a professional drummer for more than 45 years, Hart has changed his focus to smaller venues, this time performing for an audience of pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery.
On a sunny afternoon in June, Hart, his daughter Raya Sunshine, and a team of half a dozen hip musicians laid out colorful, psychedelic drums of various shapes and sizes for a carefully orchestrated drum circle. The goal was to use music as part of the healing process for children who are hospitalized with serious illnesses.
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