Since 1994, Galactic has been bringing its brand of jazz-infused funk to appreciative audiences worldwide. Formed in New Orleans, La., the band was originally an octet called Galactic Prophylactic that was formed by two childhood friends from Maryland, Jeff Raines and Robert Mercurio. The pair recruited the rest of the band while exploring the funk scene in the area of the colleges they attended, Loyola and Tulane Universities. Later becoming a sextet and losing its then-vocalist Theryl DeClouet, Galactic thereafter remained mainly an instrumental band until 2007 when it released an album titled From the Corner to the Block, which featured numerous rappers like Lyrics Born, Boots Riley, Chali 2na and Juvenile. Since then, Galactic has toured with a variety of vocalists, including Cyril Neville, Corey Glover, Maggie Koerner and Erica Falls.
The Galactic sound has truly evolved over the years. At first playing a more organic style of straightforward, classic New Orleans funk, the infusion of phrase samplers on drums and electronic effects on the other instruments has given rise to a more modern sound. Galactic features many other artists on its tracks, including rappers and hip-hop stars like The Coup's Boots Riley, Blackalicious' Gift of Gab, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na and Dendemann of Germany as well as singers like Mavis Staples, Mannie Fresh, Macy Gray, Allen Toussaint, David Shaw, JJ Grey & Mofro and Irma Thomas.
Where can I buy Galactic tickets?
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Who are the members of Galactic?
The current Galactic lineup includes Robert Mercurio on bass, Jeff Raines on guitars, Richard Vogel on Hammond organ, Stanton Moore on drums, Ben Ellman on saxophone and Shamarr Allen on trumpet.
What can I expect from a Galactic concert?
Galactic's unique brand of jazz-funk incorporates an eclectic array of musical elements, including jam band music, acid jazz, jazz rap, brass band, hip-hop, rock, blues, electronica, world music and New Orleans R&B.
What artists has Galactic played with?
Galactic is renowned for bringing out special guests at live performances, including Skerik, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Meters' George Porter, Corey "Boe Money" Henry, Brian Seeger, The Neville Brothers and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Galactic has also shared the spotlight with many other big-name acts on tour, including Counting Crows, The Roots, the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Fusebox Funk, Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, B.B. King, Blackalicious' Gift of Gab, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, The Record Company, The Revivalists, Gov't Mule, Steel Pulse, Toots and the Maytals, Orleans Ave and Trombone Shorty.
Where can I see a Galactic show?
You can enjoy a Galactic concert at venues throughout the US, including The Chicken Box in Nantucket, Mass.; Aura in Portland, Maine; Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Asbury Lanes is Asbury Park, N.J.; The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas; Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton, Colo.; and Park West in Chicago, Ill. You can also catch Galactic in concert at events and festivals like Toy Mart Presents Mardi Gras AC in Atlantic City, N.J.; Party in the Park in Rochester, N.Y.; Prescott Parks Arts Festival in Portsmouth, N.H.; Beach Road Weekend in Tisbury, Mass.; LOCKN' Festival in Arrington, Va.; Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, N.C.; and Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Who are Galactic's influences?
When you hear Galactic live, you can't help but note several of the band's key influences, such as Ohio Players, Trouble Funk, The J.B.'s, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Brand New Heavies, Professor Longhair, The Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker, Digable Planets, Average White Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Parliament, Dr. John, James Brown and The Meters.
What artists are similar to Galactic?
Get yourself to a Galactic show if you're already fond of similar acts like Lettuce, Soulive, Trombone Shorty, The Greyboy Allstars, Stanton Moore, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Orgone or The Motet.Back to Top
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