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Check out photos and listen to every set played on Sunday in Boca Raton at the Sunshine Music Festival.
Funk act Lettuce will begin what is expected to be a “massive” 2018 with an extensive winter tour.
New Orleans funk act Galactic lays out plans for a coast-to-coast tour to start 2018.
New Orleans own Galactic will celebrate the end of 2017 and ring in 2018 with a hometown show.
Watch Erica Falls lead Galactic on “Right On” during the band’s January 22 Pool Deck set as part of Jam Cruise 15.
Gov’t Mule once again brought out members of Galactic for a collaboration during last night’s encore in Des Moines, Iowa.
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About Robert Mercurio
Robert Mercurio, along with Jeff Raines, grew up in the Washington D.C. area. Together, they played in a number of different local bands. When it was time to pick a college to attend, the city the school was in was more important than the school. They wanted to be in New Orleans. “We heard about the Meters and knew about the whole scene,” Mercurio says. “We knew we wanted to play music but we also had to go to school.” So Robert ended up at Tulane University (Raines at Loyola). But the real classes were conducted in the city’s music clubs. On their first night in town, Mercurio and Raines went to Benny’s, an after hours club where late night funk and blues went down. The club has now been closed down due to city officials declaring the club a neighborhood nuisance. “We fell in love with that scene.” It was places like Benny’s and Tipitina’s that kept Mercurio in New Orleans during his tenure at Tulane, and is what keeps him there to this day!
“I remember when I was a freshman in college going to shows at Tipitina’s that were totally packed and thinking to myself ‘Maybe someday I’ll play here.’ Looking up at that Professor Longhair banner…imagining what it would look like from the stage, instead of from the audience. We never intended for [Galactic] to be this successful. I never thought I’d really be making a living off of music. But I can’t say I’m not happy about it.”