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Mickey Hart Band kicks off Reno Artown fest July 1

Mickey Hart Band kicks off Reno Artown fest July 1

CREATED Apr 27, 2012

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The month-long Artown festival kicks off July 1 with a free outdoor performance by former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

The Mickey Hart Band will open the 17th annual festival with the Sunday night show downtown at Wingfield Park on an island in the Truckee River.

Organizers unveiled a list Thursday of nearly 500 events for the 2012 celebration, most of them free. It includes 359 stand-alone events, 33 ongoing events and 102 workshops.

Other highlights include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the contemporary dance company Trey McIntyre Project and bluegrass from the Del McCoury Band.

The festival closes July 31 with a performance by funk/R&B saxophone player Maceo Parker.