ABOUT THE BAND
Side project alert!
can be heard on his
solo album All Kooked Out (which chronicles his first-ever collaboration
with Skerik and Charlie Hunter),
the debut recording from
Garage A Trois,
the debut album from
Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Pick up a copy of these, or anything else u like,
at the Fog City online record shop.
snare drums, fat-back bass, muted organ and wah-wah guitars into proven, funky
territory (aided by cocky, assured horn parts) Galactic is one-part natural acid
jazz and two-parts New Orleans groove." (New Orleans Gambit)
Galactic started out in early 1994 as an eight member New Orleans based
ensemble, playing local bars like
Cafe Brasil, Muddy Waters and the
After paring down to a sextet
(drums, bass, guitar, organ, trumpet,
sax) they emerged as a tight, slinky instrumental funk
band "creating a whole new hybrid of funk and soul... at
the forefront of the new vibe in the Crescent City with grooves and licks
that kick with a stamp of authenticity"
(On The One Magazine), both headlining at larger clubs like
House of Blues,
while still occasionally moonlighting at the legendary (and now defunct) dive Benny's
Meters covers and billed as The Cheaters).
All the pieces were in place with the addition of veteran New Orleans
Theryl deClouet. Theryl's
natural lyricism lent gritty soul
to the band's sound and put words to their musical message.
The band began seriously recording in late 1994, when San Francisco-based
record producer Dan Prothero
was coaxed out of a New Orleans vacation to record the band,
beginning a collaborative relationship
that produced six albums with the band and its members.
With the release of their
fourteen-track debut album on
Fog City Records in 1996,
Galactic began a nonstop national tour
that shows no signs of slowing down.
Two years later, Galactic's second album
"Crazy Horse Mongoose"
(also recorded and produced by Fog City's Dan Prothero)
by Capricorn Records (now BMG/Volcano Records), who have also re-issued the Coolin Off CD...
Thanks to an
Galactic has built a large and loyal following which has become a model for countless
mostly-instrumental bands to aspire to.
Along the way, they've shared the stage with many of their
heroes, including all members of the Meters, Maceo Parker,
Medeski Martin & Wood,
Johnny "Guitar" Watson,
Walter "Wolfman" Washington.
Music luminaries such as
Charlie Hunter, Jon Fishman,
Skerik, The Wild Magnolias and
have joined Galactic onstage.
They are now a major international touring act,
Live, Counting Crows, the Allman Brothers Band,
Ben Harper, The Roots, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, Juvenile, and Jurassic 5,
crossing Europe four times
and completing four highly successful trips to Japan.
"For some reason we seem to have our best
shows when we're late. Something about going directly from the van to the
stage. If I were going to see us I'd hope we were late."
Organ and piano
"Rhythm in New Orleans is a universe unto itself. There's nowhere in the world
where you get the kind of rhythm and the kind of feel you get from New Orleans musicians.
If you've got any ears at all, it's gotta rub off."
"I made this wierd prosciutto ham with a raw egg and mozzarella and romano cheese pasta dish -
and a few hours after that I found myself violently ill for a good 24 hours."
Other credits: Real Life, Michael Ward and The Rewards
"We call ourselves the Mutual Admiration Society - M.A.S., you know?
If you come to a Galactic gig you got to be MAS'in."
tenor, bari, soprano saxophones, harmonica
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars,
Li'l Rascals Brass Band
"Is it kosher?"
Sax (occasional sit-ins)
Other credits: Critters Buggin, Tuatara, Mark Eitzel
For information on upcoming Galactic tour dates,
For online access to press materials that can be downloaded for promotional use,
Don't just take OUR word for it -
check out some road reports sent in from our fans...
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