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Galactic will host a hometown Halloween show at their newly purchased venue, Tipitina’s.
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.
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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.
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.
Watch Brandi Carlile welcome Mavis Staples and The Highwomen bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
Watch Warren Haynes and Alison Krauss sit-in with Bonnie Raitt at last night’s Outlaw Music Festival stop in Philadelphia.
Ringo Starr will release, his 20th studio album, ‘What’s My Name,’ in October and previewed the LP by unveiling its title track.