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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.
- Galactic Featuring Erica Falls Performs ‘Never Called You Crazy’ Aboard Jam Cruise 17: Pro-Shot Video
Watch Erica Falls lead Galactic through “Never Called You Crazy” during the band’s Pool Deck set on this year’s Jam Cruise.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Mavis Staples, Galactic, LCD Soundsystem, Cass McCombs, The Lemonheads, Jessica Pratt and Bob Mould.
Stream “Touch Get Cut” featuring Erica Falls, the latest single from the upcoming Galactic studio album ‘Already Ready Already.’
Headliners Galactic were among the additions to the lineup of 11th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, which will be held at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Virginia May 23 – 26.
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Latest Galactic Setlist
Galactic at Crystal Ballroom
- Ready Already
- Higher & Higher
- Heart of Steel
- Clap Your Hands
- Going Straight Crazy
- Hey Na Na
- You Don't Know
- Cooling off / Church / Funky Bird
- Into the Deep
- You Don't Know
- 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.
The soundtrack for ‘Echo In The Canyon’ features music from and inspired by the documentary film from Jakob Dylan, Neil Young, Beck, Cat Power, Jade Castrinos and more. Jakob Dylan & Jade Castrinos’ “Go Where You Wanna Go” is the soundtrack’s first single.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks about how he discovered Phish and other music-related topics in a new interview.
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa will perform Frank Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ and more over the course of a lengthy world tour this fall.
JamBase will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special show featuring The Camp Harry All-Stars, Big Light and Ron Artis II & The Truth at San Francisco’s The Chapel.
Young guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer was joined by P-Funk’s Eric McFadden and Dead & Co.’s Oteil Burbridge on Monday night.