Galactic will kick off its 22-date Sight of Sound Tour on Wednesday, October 30 at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, followed by a special Halloween show at Stubb's in Austin, a two-night stand at Tiptina's in New Orleans, as well as an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience.

Sight of Sound will offer audiences a one-of-a-kind, aural-visual experience when artists SKW and Doze join the band for select dates in the Northeast, creating an original mural live on stage during the band's performance. Artwork by SKW and Doze will appear throughout the tour on an original backdrop, ad mat, merchandise, and poster.

Providing set, web site, and album artwork for artists as diverse as Smashing Pumpkins, Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes, and Wynton Marsalis, New York City-based artist SKW has made a career of merging music with visual arts. An accomplished filmmaker, he has directed and art directed videos by several hip-hop artists, including Mos Def, Common, and Guru.

Doze Green was born and raised in New York City and is an original member of the infamous Rock Steady Crew. He is well respected as a pioneer of hip-hop culture, a graff legend, and a humanist. His paintings and sculptures interpret and explore the human condition by blending figures, letters, words, and symbols to fuse past, present and future states of the world.

In addition to artwork by SKW and Doze, each show on the Sight of Sound Tour will feature a screening of Watching Paint Dry-a film by artists' collaborative the Barnstormers-which utilizes digital time-lapse photo technique to capture every shift in an ever-changing painted image. Plans are in the works for additional visual artists to join select shows.

Tour performances will include debut material that Galactic is developing for their upcoming album, freshly rendered cover selections, and a variety of musical acts to open shows. Southern-fried roots-funk band Mofro will join the tour for its Southeastern leg, and rockers North Mississippi AllStars will open select dates in the Northeast. DJs will also appear in select cites, including Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, who will join Galactic for the second of a pair of tour-closing shows at Washington, DC's s 9:30 Club.

On the heels of this extensive tour, Galactic will begin work on a new studio album-a follow-up to 2001's live album, We Love 'em Tonight, and 2000 's studio effort, Late for the Future. The band's summer schedule included two appearances at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, a slot at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival (where funk guru George Clinton sat in), and Freako in Rico, a three-night run at a small club in Colorado. The band also appeared on several dates supporting Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band.

Wed 10.30 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
Thu 10.31 - Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
Fri 11.01 - New Orleans - Tipitina's Uptown *
Sat 11.02 - New Orleans - Voodoo Music Festival
Sat 11.02 - New Orleans - Tipitina's Uptown @
Mon 11.04 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Café
Tue 11.05 - Gainesville, FL - The Palace *
Thu 11.07 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre *
Fri 11.08 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre *
Sat 11.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
Sun 11.10 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm *
Mon 11.11 - Winston Salem, NC - Ziggy's *
Wed 11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Metropol
Thu 11.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %#
Fri 11.15 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom %#
Sat 11.16 - Providence, RI - Lupo's %
Sun 11.17 - Boston, MA - The Roxy %#
Tue 11.19 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
Wed 11.20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Thu 11.21 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Fri 11.22 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
Sat 11.23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +#

* with MOFRO
@ with Topaz
% with The North Mississippi AllStars
+ with Kid Koala
# with visual artists SKW and DOZE

[Published on: 9/1/02]

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