Galactic will embark on its “Freezestyle 2003” tour in late January. A sequel to last year’s Freezestyle 2002 winter tour, the six-week run will feature Galactic’s internationally-acclaimed progressive live music experience. The tour will begin on Thursday, January 23 with a special show at Tipitina's Uptown in the band’s hometown of New Orleans with bluesman Corey Harris and piano wizard Henry Butler supporting, part of the legendary club’s 25th anniversary celebration. Freezestyle 2003 will go on to cover the South and Midwest regions, including a show at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s Culture Room and Raleigh, North Carolina’s Lincoln Theatre. Galactic will also head west mid-tour to play a three-night run in Colorado with progressive funk-jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood. Superstar bootleg turntablist DJ Z-Trip will open for two nights at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium. The tour will wind up with two performances back in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2003, including Galactic’s own all-day music festival, a follow-up to last year’s Carnival Electricos, with supporting artists to be announced. Freezestyle 2003 special guest performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Freezestyle 2003 is a further installment in Galactic’s ongoing quest to present increasingly progressive sounds and performance formats to its exploding fan base. Blending genres and media through partnerships with a diverse set of exceptional artists, Galactic incorporates elements of cutting edge art movements into its contagious retro-funk show. For last year’s Freezestyle 2002 tour, Galactic teamed up with world class DJ crew Triple Threat to explore the on-stage interplay between an improvisatory band and a trio of highly adventurous turntablists. Galactic’s Mardi Gras 2002 event, Carnival Electricos, yielded a standout bonus track for the Japanese release of the band’s live album, We Love ‘Em Tonight. A live recording of a spontaneous jam session featuring Galactic, Triple Threat, the Lil Rascals Brass Band, and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, the track documents Galactic’s goal to combine roots traditions with modern influences to make music that is both rich and progressive.

Galactic’s Fall 2002 “Sight of Sound” Tour swept through select cities in the South and up the East Coast, including an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and a special Halloween show at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. Combining on-the-spot visual art with live music, the tour featured the work of East Coast artists SKW and Doze, who created original murals live on stage as the band performed, and film by artists’ collective the Barnstormers. Tour highlights included a sold out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom with the North Mississippi Allstars and the New York City Breakers, an appearance on popular radio/TV show Imus in the Morning, and two sold-out shows at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. For its upcoming New Year’s run, Galactic will play four dates in California, capping off with its annual New Year’s Eve show at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.

Galactic’s performance is a sought-after phenomenon on the international live music circuit. The New Orleans-based band exploded onto the scene in the mid-90s with a unique progressive funk fusion, a contemporary expansion on the syncopated street beats of its hometown. Galactic revolutionizes New Orleans funk, 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. Street beat master Stanton Moore anchors the tempo, while Robert Mercurio’s bass lines hold down the groove, and Rich Vogel’s organ work adds retro-psychedelic texture. Guitarist Jeff Raines employs variety of guitar techniques from basic funk riffing to country slide. Melodies often take shape in Ben Ellman’s forthright sax work, and gritty vocals from veteran New Orleans soul singer Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet. With countless U.S. tours, several European tours and three trips to Japan, Galactic strives to provide a rare live music experience for its fans, often collaborating with an array of artists of several different media. Galactic is currently spending time in their own New Orleans recording space, developing new material for a forthcoming album, some of which will be showcased at tour performances.

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[Published on: 12/18/02]

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