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Listen to Galactic back Boyfriend on the new single “Bring It To Mama.”
Live streams featuring shows in New Orleans from Foundation Of Funk, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk with Marcus King, Billy Strings and more will be provided for free via nugs.net.
- George Clinton Expands Farewell Tour With Parliament Funkadelic Featuring Galactic, Dumpstaphunk & More
George Clinton’s farewell tour with Parliament Funkadelic has been expanded with more dates featuring support from Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf.
- nugs.net Announces Free 2019 Jazz Fest Live Streams: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Galactic, The Disco Biscuits & More
Free live streams of shows in New Orleans this weekend from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Galactic, the Disco Biscuits and more are included in the first round of the “nugs.net During Jazz Fest” webcast series.
New Orleans funk group Galactic announced their 2019 Summer Tour dates.
High Sierra Music Festival has detailed their 2019 late-night shows at The High Sierra Music Hall and Funk’n Jamhouse, which will feature Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Leftover Salmon and more.
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Latest Galactic Setlist
Galactic at Fête Music Hall
- Ready Already
- Higher & Higher
- Heart of Steel
- Clap Your Hands
- Going Straight
- Hey Na Na
- Horn Interlude>
- You Don't Know
- Bounce Baby
- Goose Grease
- Touch Get Cut
- Crazyhorse Medley
- Into the Deep
- Right On
- Big Whiskers
- Never Called You Crazy
- Baker's Dozen
- Dolla Diva
Galactic is a collaborative band with a unique format. It’s a stable quintet that plays together with high musicianship. They’ve been together so long they’re telepathic. But though the band hasn’t had a lead singer for years, neither is it purely an instrumental group. Galactic is part of a diverse community of musicians, and in their own studio, with Mercurio and Ellman producing, they have the luxury of experimenting. So on their albums, they do something that’s unusual in rock but not so controversial an idea in, say, hiphop: they create something that’s a little like a revue, a virtual show featuring different vocalists (mostly from New Orleans) and instrumental soloists each taking their turn on stage in the Galactic sound universe.
Mostly the band creates new material in collaboration with its many guests, though they occasionally rework a classic. Despite the appearance of various platinum names on Galactic albums, they especially like to work with artists who are still underground. If you listen to Carnivale Electricos together with the two previous studio albums (Ya-Ka-May and From The Corner to The Block), you’ll hear the most complete cross-section of what’s happening in contemporary New Orleans anywhere – all of it tight and radio-ready.
Despite the electronics and studio technology, Galactic’s albums are very much band records. Mercurio explained the Galactic process, which starts out with the beat: “The way we write music,” he says, “we come up with a demo, or a basic track, and then we collectively decide how we’re gonna finish it.” The result is a hard-grooving sequence of tight beats across a range of styles that glides from one surprise to the next.
What pulls all the diverse artists on Carnivale Electricos together into a coherent album is that one way or another, it’s all funk. Galactic is, always was, and always will be a funk band. Whatever genre of music anyone in New Orleans is doing, from Mardi Gras Indians to rock bands to hardcore rappers, it’s all funk at the bottom, because funk is the common musical language, the lingua franca of New Orleans music. Even zydeco can be funky — and if you don’t believe it, check out “Voyage Ton Flag,” the album’s evocation of Cajun Mardi Gras, in which Mamou Playboy Steve Riley meets up with a sampled Clifton Chenier inside the Galactic funk machine.
Check out the lineup for the 2019 Hangtown Music Festival, which returns to Placerville, California October 24 – 27.
Current The Marcus King Band keyboardist DeShawn “DVibes” Alexander will soon be “stepping away from the band to work on other musical endeavors.”
Listen to North Mississippi Allstars’ cover of The Staples Singers’ “What You Gonna Do?” featuring Mavis Staples from their upcoming album ‘Up And Rolling.’
Guitarist Anders Osborne tacked on a handful of dates to his 2019 Tour and will play three Bob Dylan tribute concerts with Joan Osborne & Jackie Greene.
Check out the setlist, a recap and The Skinny for Phish’s opening night of their Summer Tour 2019 two-show run in Bangor, Maine.