Mickey Hart to Lead America’s Cup Entertainment Committee
The organizers of the America’s Cup —the oldest competition in international sailing—have invited Mickey Hart to lead their entertainment committee. This year’s America’s Cup will be hosted in San Francisco, and Rolling Stone reports that Hart has been tapped to “to ensure the America’s Cup arts and entertainment programs during the races reflect the spirit and sound of San Francisco, and to translate the sound of America’s Cup sailing into music.” He will also help select some San Francisco artists to perform during the race, though Sting, Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers, Train, Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz have already been booked.
This would not be Hart’s first experience with the famed sailing competition. The percussionist sailed on the America’s Cup boat Oracle two years ago as part of a project to translate the rhythm and sounds of sailing into music. He also scored—with a little help from Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana—Walter Cronkite’s 1987 documentary on the America’s Cup. Fellow Bay Area native MC Hammer will join Hart on the entertainment committee.