GALACTIC | INDIANAPOLIS | 04.09.02

Galactic
The Vogue | Indianapolis, IN | 04.09.02

Set I
Crazy Horse
Soul Machine
Get Ready^*
Ice Cold Daydream*
It's All Behind Me Now*
Hangnail
Shibuya

* w/ The Houseman
# w/ Quintron and Pussy Cat
^ originally by the Four Tops

Set II
Doo Rag#
Love On The Run
Truth Is Out*
Villified*
Church
Tiger Roll
Witchdoctor > Drums
Black Eyed Pea > Drums
Mr. Sanchez Takes A Bath
Sprung Monkey
Little Ms. Lover*
E: Yes We Can
Africa

For an overcast Tuesday night, there was a certain ambiance in Indianapolis. As it turned out this buzz was due to the presence of the jazz-funk superstars Galactic. The concert was one of a flurry to enter the Midwest in the next month. After the interesting opener, Quintron and Pussy Cat, the crowd slowly moved to the front of The Vogue in anticipation of the show. The band got the crowd moving right from the get go with a rockin’ "Crazy Horse." At one point the intense jam caused drummer, Stanton Moore, to lose his drumstick, which brought many yells from the crowd. The band continued on and the venue began to get packed. After a funky "Shucktime"... THE HOUSEMAN COMETH! As he entered the stage the crowd went into a frenzy and the Houseman delivered a “Hello Naptown!” and got the crowd dancing with "Get Ready." As the Houseman left the stage the rest of the guys picked it up a notch with "Hangnail" and "Shibuya." These songs provided the highlight of the first set and even lifted drummer, Stanton Moore, off of his seat to perform his brand of “jump-drumming.”

The second set began with Quintron and Pussy Cat joining the stage for "Doo Rag." Quintron’s "Drum Buddy", an instrument he invented, stole the stage as everyone including the band was watching him play. The Drum Buddy, which appeared to be coffee tins on top of turntables, produced a funky-rave feel to the song. The second set continued with the band displaying its diversity with the hypnotic, techno style "Tiger Roll." The audience came to a frenzy when the boys belted the crowd favorite "Black Eyed Pea", followed by one of several drum solos in the set. The set closed with the hard-hitting "Little Ms. Lover", which featured the Houseman’s dance moves and vocals. The encore started with "Yes We Can", which in these times of terror and war in the Middle East seemed quite moving. The song called out to “Make this land a better land, Yes We Can!” and the message was felt by the crowd. The show ended with "Africa", which had the Houseman refusing to let the show end calling out for one more finale in the song over and over.

The show was very loud and aggressive, more so than on any other Galactic tour I have seen. They had the place movin’ and shakin’ with their heavy beats, all the while seeming very polished and primed as a major headliner. Stanton Moore provided much of the excitement of the show. Moore proved himself not only as a master of the groove but also an entertaining showman. Bass player Robert Mercurio and guitarist Jeff Raines’ chemistry was right on, as it has been since playing together since high school. The keys, Richard Vogel, and sax, Ben Ellman, provided texture to some songs and outright jams in others. Overall, the show was a blast that left the large crowd smilin’ and high-fivin’. Galactic proved itself as a leader of the groove scene. The day after the John Scofield show, Galactic provided a sense of what is to come in the world of jazz. Based on the Tuesday turnout and the reaction of people during and after the show, the band appears ready to expand and establish itself as one of the scene’s biggest draws.

Greg Berman
JamBase | Indiana
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http://www.galacticfunk.com

[Published on: 4/10/02]

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