Galactic & Grace Potter | 01.12.08 | FL

By: Alexander Borsody

Galactic/Grace Potter and the Nocturnals :: 01.12.08 :: Jannus Landing :: St. Petersburg, FL

Grace Potter by Rod Snyder
Jannus Landing is billed as Florida's largest outdoor concert venue, but to locals it's much more than that. Jannus is the cultural cornerstone of downtown St. Pete. The majority of the city's thriving nightlife is an offshoot of this venue's activity. Tucked between two city buildings is a large courtyard with palm trees, a wooden deck and balconies for VIPs. The music from the large sound system inside can be heard blasting throughout the entire downtown area, bringing the city to life.

Galactic is a Jannus favorite. One of the granddaddies of the Southern jam scene, they always bring out a large, colorful crowd. Even with a light rain, fans of the funk came rushing in to party with the legendary NOLA crew.

Opening the show was one of the hottest young bands on the circuit, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Potter's charisma, beauty and stage presence have earned the outfit plenty of acclaim and awards in just a few short years. 2007 was particularly big for the group with relentless touring and heavy press coverage. Near the end of their captivating performance, saxophonist Ben Ellman and drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic joined the Nocturnals, setting the stage for collaboration to come.

Galactic is touring right now behind their hip-hop/funk album From the Corner to the Block, which features collaborations with some of hip-hop's best known rappers including MCs Mr. Lif and Boots Riley, who shook the Florida audience up as they exploded onto the stage. Each came out alone, delivering a high-energy performance that caught everyone off guard. This was definitely a high point of the show. Mr. Lif briefly went into a freestyle, coming up with clever and candid rhymes on the spot like, "They wont play me on Viacom/ So I just might buy a bomb," which inspired ringing laughter from the band. The tone of the music was on the harder side, with loud, roaring sax distorted with heavy effects, combined with crunchy, hard rock guitar riffs. Those expecting to hear the lighter jazz-funk side of Galactic were blasted by the hard sounds.

The night ended with the stellar collaboration between Galactic and Grace Potter on Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love" and an all-star jam on Zep's "Immigrant Song" with both MCs onstage. Grace Potter's sexual-energy controlled the stage, and this performance showed why she's a stand out in the male dominated world of rock & roll.

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crescentvale starstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 04:26PM
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Grace is hot, she melts a room with her sexyness.

NickBoeka Thu 1/31/2008 04:36PM
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^^ agreed

NatiMatty starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 05:02PM
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They killed it on Jam Cruise!!!

Galactic is on fire right about now!

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 05:40PM
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Looks like fun!

theguykeator Fri 2/1/2008 08:48AM
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Real fun shows, 2/20 I'll get some Chali Tuna in my face, and get funked by Galactic!!

Gille starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/1/2008 09:17AM
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Seeing them in Chicago 2/22/2008 and I cannot wait! This Galactic junky needs his fix!

danpfunk starstarstarstar Fri 2/1/2008 11:00AM
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Great show, kind of a short right up. Dead on about Jannus being the heart of St. Pete! I love that place and really love the fact that Galactic plays their every year!

Would disagree with Lif being the highlight, I liked Boots much better, and just the band the best. But the Whole Lotta Love was sweet, you Grace lovers will cream your jeans when you hear her do the heavy breathing/moaning part of that one!

GroovatronPhan1 Fri 2/1/2008 01:33PM
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Saw both the Orlando House of Blues and St. Pete Jannes Landing Shows!!! Both killed!!! Love L.I.F and Boots Riley!! And how sexy is Grace?!?!?! HOlla back Nati Matty!!!!

NatiMatty Fri 2/1/2008 01:59PM
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yeeeeaaaah GroovePhan!!!

n-1 Fri 2/1/2008 03:20PM
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thanks for the comments folks!

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grace did not do it for me at xmas jam. I thought it was a bit boring.

However, Galactic has never disappointed me ever!! they are such skilled musicians. each one is a solo artist on his own. and though SKERIK is a killer, the guy in Galactic is my favorite jam sax player. Sadstory, I hope the black ppl singing with G now do not offend you like Sharon did. peace.

usablind Tue 2/5/2008 12:29AM
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how is galatic light show anything to crazy with strobes

redwhiteandgreen starstar Mon 2/18/2008 11:35PM
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it's a shame that the Nocturnals are getting overlooked...their guitarist Scott Tournet is an incredible player and the rhythm section is tight and sells I guess...

lugie Fri 2/22/2008 10:03PM
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I agree the Nocturnals are great, but to say Grace is just there for sex appeal is ridiculous! She flat out sings with every bit of soul she has, She moves me every time.

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/15/2008 04:01AM
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Grace is sexy because she has soul. She just loves creating music. This review is like a huge tease to me. To hear that this went down and I wasnt there saddens me. Thanks for bringing the news at least.

redwhiteandgreen Fri 4/4/2008 02:03PM
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anybody LISTEN to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals??? All I see are comments about how hot or sexy she is. Is this Jambase? What about the Nocturnals? Scott Tournet, the lead guitarist should be getting mentioned with the best guitar players on the scene and all anyone is talking about is how hot Grace is. What a shame.