Galactic will kick off its five-week winter Freezestyle Tour on Wednesday, January 16 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, with Bay Area DJ trio Triple Threat supporting. The tour will include a midway stop in New Orleans for two Mardi Gras performances, including Galactic's own all-day music extravaganza on Mardi Gras weekend.
Emerging from New Orleans in the mid-90s, Galactic's progressive funk fusion is a contemporary expansion on the syncopated street beats of its hometown. The six-piece band revolutionizes New Orleans funk in a modern context, updating retrospective grooves with electronic effects, extended improvisation, and an adventurous set of stylistic influences, including modern jazz, dance beats, hard rock, and country blues. Known world wide for the ability to exhaust audiences with body-rocking grooves, Galactic's live show is a sought-after phenomenon on the national and international club circuit, with countless U.S. tours, several European tours and three trips to Japan. Galactic's sound is the culmination of Stanton Moore's funky street beats, Robert Mercurio's groove-ridden bass lines, Rich Vogel's retro-psychedelic organ work, Ben Ellman's awe-inspiring sax work, Jeff Raines' furious guitar riffs, and gritty vocals from veteran New Orleans soul singer Theryl "Houseman" DeClouet.
Bay Area DJ giant Triple Threat will take the opening slot for the first leg of the tour. Hailing from renowned DJ crews like the Invisibl Skratch Pikls and the World Famous Beat Junkies, Triple Threat DJs Shortkut, Apollo, and Vinroc are among the most revered DJs in the world. With three world titles and over 45 years of live DJ experience between them, Triple Threat perpetrates an eclectic mix of genres with cutting edge turntable trickery, inciting instant dance floor madness. Galactic chose Triple Threat to open for them because the group best symbolizes what Galactic has been about since its inception: using the soul vocabulary to explore new sounds and grooves, and making a non-stop party of it.
Galactic is currently in the pre-production phase for their next studio album, a follow-up to 2001's live album, We Love 'em Tonight, and 2000's studio effort, Late for the Future. Tour performances include new material, favorites from Galactic's four-album repertoire and freshly rendered cover selections. The tour will cover the Northeast region before stopping in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and closing out with a few dates in Colorado which will be announced soon. Galactic will host an all-day Mardi Gras music extravaganza on Saturday, February 9th under 3,000-capacity, framed tent at New Orleans¹ Contemporary Arts Center, featuring two full sets of Galactic and performances by G. Love and Special Sauce and other acts to be announced.
Galactic's Freezestyle Tour Dates
Wed 1.16 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Thu 1.17 - Recher Theatre, Baltimore, MD*
Fri 1.18 - Lupo's, Providence, RI*
Sat 1.19 - TLA, Philadelphia, PA*
Sun 1.20 - Paradise, Boston, MA*
Tue 1.22 - Stonecoast Brewing, Portland, ME*
Wed 1.23 - Higher Ground, Burlington, VT*
Thu 1.24 - Pearl Street, Northampton, MA*
Fri 1.25 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY*
Sat 1.26 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY*
Tue 1.29 - Crowbar, State College, PA
Wed 1.30 - Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
Thu 1.31 - Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
Fri 2.01 - Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
Sat 2.02 - Water St. Music Hall, Rochester, NY
Tue 2.05 - Opera House, Toronto, Ontario
Wed 2.06 - Metropol, Pittsburgh, PA
Thu 2.07 - A1A Entertainment Complex, Lexington, KY
Sat 2.09 - Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA**
Mon 2.11 - Tipitina's Uptown, New Orleans, LA
*with Triple Threat: DJs Shortkut, Apollo, and Vinroc
**with G.Love and Special Sauce