THE NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA

Galactic with Papa Mali & Soul Rebels Brass Band
12.31.06 :: Tipitina's :: New Orleans, LA

Words by: John-Ryan Hevron :: Images by: Cara Schembri


Galactic :: 12.31.06 :: New Orleans
We walked into Tip's with last year's New Year's Eve performance in mind. That show was Galactic's first time playing New Orleans post-Katrina, and both the crowd and the music were drunk with urgency. We could tell right away that this year would be different. Tip's wasn't quite as crowded, the people weren't quite as dressed up, and the overall energy was down a notch. But, even without that spark in the air, Tipitina's is Galactic's homebase, and they always put on a good show there.

We stood in the back and listened to the end of Papa Mali's opening set. His trio was rounded out by Kevin O'Day on drums and Scott Nelson on bass. What we heard was good, but it didn't kick start our evening. Galactic drummer Stanton Moore sat in on drums and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux on vocals for "Fire Water" and "Carnival Time."

As Papa Mali finished, the crowd arrived all at once. We snaked our way to the front while we still had a chance. The stage had the feel of a band rehearsal space decorated with Mardi Gras leftovers. A metallic silver sheet, like the space blankets they hand out at marathons, hung from the back wall. Two different sized disco balls hung like giant mirrored grapes on either end of the stage and a blingtastic three-foot-tall, silver mirrored "G" sat on a pedestal in the middle. As always Professor Longhair's painted portrait, dressed up with a hat and clock, looked down on the proceedings from above.


Jeff Raines :: 12.31.06 :: New Orleans
While we waited for the band to start, DJ Medi4 had the crowd sing along to Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." The "lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time" refrain quickly turned into an enthusiastic chant of "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?" The New Orleans Saints are making a rare but deserved appearance in the playoffs this year, and the city is beyond excited.

While introducing the band, the Tipitina's MC announced, "Last year was a year of survival, but this year is our year to kick ass!" The audience on the rail crowded in as guitarist Jeff Raines, dressed in a light blue tuxedo jacket, ripped into the opening of "Fema." This would be an "on night" for him. The funk continued with "Go Go" and "Garbage Truck" and before we knew it, the Soul Rebels Brass Band was onstage, bringing the head count to 13. After a couple jams it was time for the countdown. Though it might have been a few minutes past midnight by Professor Longhair's clock, the Soul Rebels' trombone player assured us that it was 11:59. We celebrated with plastic cups of champagne as the horns played "Auld Lang Syne." The Soul Rebels then left the stage and Galactic reclaimed the show with a fiery take on the JB's "Hot Pants Road," which included some Beastie Boys "Sabotage" style soloing from bass player Rob Mercurio.

Papa Mali then voodooed his way onto the stage and impressed right away with an Allmans' "Whipping Post-esque" version of John Lee Hooker's "Bottle Up and Go." His guitar playing and singing were inspired, but his midnight-blue pimp hat with a big yellow feather stuck in the side was ridiculous. He followed up with a solid take on Aaron Neville's funk classic, "Hercules." After "the Moil," Galactic continued the Zep theme with an instrumental "Immigrant Song." I simultaneously pumped my fist to the music and tried to get the bartender's attention for a last plastic cup of champagne.


Papa Mali & Chief Monk Boudreaux :: 12.31.06 :: New Orleans
The band invited the Soul Rebels back to the stage and closed the set out with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's "Blackbird Special." Afterwards, the Soul Rebels stayed to play a full set of their own. We needed a break but the Soul Rebels were just too good to skip. Frankly, they gave Galactic a run for their money as party band of the evening. In the tradition of New Orleans brass bands, they played a medley of familiar crowd pleasers including "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, and "Give it Up" by James Brown. They showed rare restraint by closing their set with a jubilant take on Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" rather than another "Who dat?" chant.

For Galactic's second set, we relocated to the balcony. As usual, the floor was slick from spilled drinks and the condensation from a couple hundred moving bodies. Galactic started up with a version of "Black Eyed Pea" that included a terrific solo by Stanton Moore. They segued into even more Zeppelin with new regular "Trampled Under Foot." What followed was darker and more intense than the first set and eventually found Annie Clemons on bass for a lively take on the Meter's "Little Ole Money Maker."

Papa Mali then returned for Al Green's "I'm a Ram." He sang well, but it's hard to beat versions performed by their former singer at earlier Tip's shows. They followed with a brooding "Walk on Guilded Splinters" that was one of the highlights of the night. The band was lit with a muddy mix of yellow and blue, the murky light reflected in the silver backdrop providing an underwater effect. Papa Mali and Chief Monk Boudreaux handled vocals, channeling everything spooky and preaching to the crowd while Anders Osborne banged away on a cowbell in the back.


Soul Rebels Brass Band :: 12.31.06 :: New Orleans
Galactic closed things out with a high energy "Shibuya" that cemented Jeff's status as MVP of the night. After a short encore break, the band played two more instrumentals. The first was Robert Walter's "Poison Pussy" (or "Poison Pushy" as it says on the liner notes of his last album), which they played as a classic Meters-style four-piece lineup. Saxophonist Ben Ellman rejoined them for the final song, "Bongo the Dog."

I wasn't the only one who felt that the show ended a little early. Last year's three-set marathon had raised our expectations high. Though I suspect that the early ending had something to do with the band wanting to get in a little more family time before heading off to Jam Cruise the next day, it might have been the energy of the evening as well. As I wrote earlier, the vibe in the room lacked some of the urgency of last year's Katrina catharsis show. But maybe that's not such a bad thing. It could be a sign that New Orleans is finally settling down and heading back to normalcy.

Galactic :: 12.31.06 :: Tipitina's :: New Orleans, LA
Set I: Fema, Go Go, Garbage Truck, Soul Rebels tune (Soul Rebels), Auld Lang Syne (Soul Rebels), Hot Pants, Bottle up & go (Papa Mali), Hercules (Papa Mali), Moil, Immigrant Song, Blackbird Special (Soul Rebels)
Soul Rebels Set: I Want You Back, Raise the Roof, Crazy, Give It Up, Who Dat?, When the Saints Go Marching In > Blister in the Sun > When the Saint Go Marching In, Crazy In Love
SET II: Black eyed Pea > Trampled under foot, Sunday Araq, Black Talk, Lil ole' Money Maker (Annie Clemens, Bass), Tiger Roll > Bounce Baby > Space Headz, I'm A Ram (Papa Mali), Walk on Guilded Splinters (Papa Mali, Monk Boudroux, Anders Osbourne), Shibuya
E: Poison Pussy, Bongo the Dog

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Comments

Mexicenfood star Mon 1/15/2007 07:50PM
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the Gov't Mule review does not give justive to the show what-so-ever, it does not even include the third set. For a real review read Mule Tracs.

- Mike

chuter17 Mon 1/15/2007 08:04PM
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i went to raq

SuperDee starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 08:08PM
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SuperDee

tremendous!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 1/15/2007 08:54PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

cheeri-o to all the writers and photographers. amazing work. pure gravy! however, if i was to choose one photograph as my personal favorite, it would be hands down aaron williams' shot of dave schools. it totally reflects his gentle giant nature. although if it came down to it, i would put my money down on schools if he were to ever take on hacksaw jim duggan, godzilla, or grimus.

HumphreysMcgee09 Mon 1/15/2007 08:59PM
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Umphrey's McGee put on the best 3 night run ive seen in a while.

SuperSpacePhunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 09:15PM
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SuperSpacePhunk

awesome team!

clarkeart starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 09:17PM
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clarkeart

nice spread

CSchneids929 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/15/2007 09:51PM
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would have loved for a bisco and sts9 review. i wish i was at both of those shows over the others except sci. great job on the other articles though

Andy Mon 1/15/2007 10:45PM
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Andy

Huge!

billywilke Tue 1/16/2007 05:59AM
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This pisses me off jambase, ive been waiting for a biscuits review and this is what I get. I'm disapointed because I wanted to figure out what the f*ck happened that night. The biscuits promised a twisted tent, didnt happen. ?uestloves sets kept on getting pushed back as well, and whenever I tried to figure out when someone was playing, i would ask the tweeter staff, and they were all so f*cked up they had no idea what was going on. It was fun because it was new years, but there were some major problems with the show, and I would have like to have seen jambase call the biscuits on it. whatever, keller rocked, and that was an awsome biscuits show, they were on that night

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 06:15AM
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Hey billywilke, why don't you write a review on how the bicuits were, why there was no tent, and what keller played (cuz I'd really like to know)

Awesome article, great pics.... I GIVE THIS ARTICLE 5 MORE STARS!!!!!!!!

saba Tue 1/16/2007 06:59AM
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saba

large round up. i said this in the jamcruise comment, i would really like to see EXIF data on this pictures to see what the photographers are using and doing.

toestothenose starstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 07:00AM
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toestothenose

This is a fine way to show NYE! Nice work on such a huge undertaking.

although -

I've gotta agree after listening to both the Mule and Biscuits shows the Small write-up and only pictures for the biscuits is a small disappointment

NickBoeka starstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 08:30AM
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NickBoeka

Thanks Jambase for getting this up!! Finally, some more images and words to go with the music that a lot of us have been taking in since being able to get our hands on the tapes. I agree with some of the short write-ups being a little bit of letdowns, but considering the fact that this was a large article, compiled together from many writers, it's hard to keep consistancy and conciseness fluid throughout the whole piece. The pictures though, are priceless, and really offered a nice portal to the other NYE events I chose not to attend over Sea of Dreams. I'm happy though...

Kenny G Tue 1/16/2007 08:56AM
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Kenny G

One complaint - no pics from the Greyboy Allstar/Soulive show.

Trippy14 starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 09:03AM
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Tea Leaf Green should drink less before their shows...weak NYE show!

cheese87 Tue 1/16/2007 09:13AM
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billywilke, how in the world are you dissapointed from the biscuits nye show, the whole production was out of this world. Keller played a great opening set and the biscuits were next level. there was no twisted tent because they moved the prometheus and shpongle sets into the lobby. and questlove spun during biscuits set break and from 3-5 in the other room. One of the best nights of my life. UNZ for life.

clapan star Tue 1/16/2007 12:04PM
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no trey review? wow.

seanob starstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 01:32PM
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No drive by truckers review? Was hoping to hear something seeing as that was my second choice if I wasn't lucky enough to see that sick Umph three day run. If anyone has some info please share.

Andrew W. starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 02:27PM
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Andrew W.

If you don't see a review for a show you were at, add it here...

barnylee starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 03:23PM
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barnylee

LOVE MMJ, but try not to compare them with Zeppelin.(The greatest rock band ever!) I spent my NYE catching the Bridge at the 8x10 in Baltimore. Doesn't sound like too many bands put on a show from 12-5am, with two short set breaks. They tore it up, and stayed sober enough to sound tight! As more fans catch the Bridge nationally this year, they'll be elated to find such a fresh band that can put on a live show as good as anyone out there! GO BRIDGE!!!!

toestothenose Tue 1/16/2007 05:11PM
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toestothenose


More Tea Leaf Green NYE pics and videos here -

http://www.goodiegoodie.com/Gg/The_Spread/Tea-Leaf-Green-Gallery.gg?pic=490

blower starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 05:20PM
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Great photos! It is good to see all of the awesome shows and parties all over the country. I really did not think author was comparing MMJ to Zeppelin directly, but raised a good question. Who is going to be the next band to raise the bar to the level of Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead? Has the coporate world killed the possibility for someone like Jimmy Page to write such incredible original music that can last for decades, but still crank out live shows that are topped by none.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 1/16/2007 06:38PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

i'm not so sure about putting MMJ in the same boat as led zeppelin but i can see where your coming with that statement. if one thing remains true though, it's that MMJ were made for the vinyl era.

jahrome17 starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 09:03PM
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tasty article :)

only thing i don't understand is why Taj Mahal and Los Lobos opened for Umphrey's. Shouldn't it be the other way around? I love UM, but with all due respect, TM and LL have been around for a lot longer and are more established artists.

danpfunk Wed 1/17/2007 08:55AM
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I was also looking for a Soulive/Greyboy Allstars review. Major city, several bands, great shows. No love?

On another note, I just saw Galactic in St. Pete last week and I thought Jeff Raines was on fire. He has stepped up his game for sure!

joshmillerphoto starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/17/2007 09:32AM
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joshmillerphoto

Great job! Thanks for the extensive transcontinental coverage!!!

fsu420 Wed 1/17/2007 09:52AM
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nothing on 3 sets of trey? this cant be serious right...

aunt beru starstarstar Wed 1/17/2007 12:42PM
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aunt beru

now thats some coverage. except what about the particle, delta nove show in hollywood at the knitting factory? what about trey? why is there no reviews of these shows? well other then that the coverage is good.

pforbin starstarstar Wed 1/17/2007 01:33PM
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pforbin

Very surprised by no Trey review. The show rocked, and I am glad I chose it over the Biscuits at Camden. Jambase, I have been waiting for a review of this, and for it not to be included in this is well....strange. happy New Year all.

DJ Saturday Baxter Wed 1/17/2007 01:38PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

Crazy!! No Trey reviews???!! his shows were so sick ...he is right on with the funk / groove.
STASH with full horn section, micheal Jackson - wanna be startin something, Alumni Blues, Sand, Push On, Mozambique, alive again!!! he kicked it !

bigandtall starstarstarstar Wed 1/17/2007 03:25PM
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You complainers need to deal. Kayce did his best to find folks to go to all the shows. But you can't be everywhere at once-- and you can't always find people who are capable of putting together a good review.

spaceyourface0 starstarstar Wed 1/17/2007 08:05PM
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Like the STS9 photos that night was Magical. but no review that SUCKS

torn&treyed Thu 1/18/2007 08:00AM
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umm what did keller play?

redwhiteandgreen star Thu 1/18/2007 06:41PM
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redwhiteandgreen

The article on the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show is soooo far off. Was the writer at the show? The long set break he describes was only 10 minutes, and the crowd was ecstatic over the rock that the 2nd set brought. It's frustrating to see a writer who fawns over wank bands like Umphree's McGee, String Cheese, and Moe. totally miss the point.

bag5039 starstarstar Fri 1/19/2007 10:18AM
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keller played stash, back of the bus, and gate crashers. i thought his set could have been a little longer but it was still awesome.
other than starting the countdown at 12:02 Bisco tore shit up. best night of my life.

DamnDiva Fri 1/19/2007 10:53AM
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DamnDiva

Greatgooglymoogly......Far more happened on NYE w/ The Mule & co. than you here at JamBase are being afforded.
The perfect combination of "old"& "new" school Mule all night loooong. Warren was beyond soulful while performing "It's a Man's World", honoring The Godfather, the amazing selection of cover tunes played to perfection throughout the whole show, Warren & co. getting the playtime curfew extended to "keep the party going" for their fans, just to name a few things not mentioned.
Once again, a Mule review that allows you to enjoy the creamy middle, then throws the cookie away.

The cat that wrote this should've hung out w/ the incredible faMuley @ The "Mule"burn before NYE. Gained some more perspective ......Mule-style.

p.s.@ least the show was reviewed & for that I thank you. until next time.........Kathleen aka The Hi Stepa/DamnDivas

TakeTheBus star Sat 1/20/2007 04:00PM
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TakeTheBus

Like many others, I am extremely disappointed at the lack of a Biscuits review. It was one of (if not) their most epic/important shows ever. The whole night was HUGE. And, to top it off, they played a FANFUCKINGTASTIC show from a musical standpoint. Would have also liked to see a Trey review.

TakeTheBus Sat 1/20/2007 04:02PM
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TakeTheBus

Nice photots from puzpics, though.

harryhood8 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/20/2007 06:52PM
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harryhood8

umphreys was face shredding

stephenb Sat 1/20/2007 09:24PM
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I agree with t-starship about the Grace Potter show. They rocked so hard and brought so much good energy. This reviewer obviously didn't get any champagne. sorry dude.

nonoodlejam star Sun 1/21/2007 09:55PM
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The Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show was amazing! I had so much fun, and the guitarist was really good. Grace is amazing. Everyone should check these guys out.

Cotsy starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/22/2007 12:31PM
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Cotsy

looks like everyone had a great new years!! keep the music comin and wish you all the best in the new year!

tay1222 Wed 1/24/2007 12:50AM
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Sound Tribe Sector 9, no words can describe...

phrazz starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/25/2007 04:37PM
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phrazz

Great synopsis of the show events, Ms. SuperDee! If only we could extend the stories to the before and after show scenes. The journey is so much part of the fun. For more visuals, visit: Slip NYE at Northsix - Phrazz Pix

boblove23 star Thu 1/25/2007 06:40PM
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this writer can't even get the band members straight. There's a picture of Brian, but it says Scott underneath it. Bad review.

fsu420 Fri 1/26/2007 03:40PM
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anyone have any pics from the trey nye show?