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GALACTIC w/ The Revivalists at Electric Factory – Philadelphia PA (3/26)
March 26, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Z889’s Endless Boundaries Presents: GALACTIC with THE REVIVALISTS at Electric Factory – PA (3/26)
Thursday March 26th, 2015
421 North 7th Street
7:30PM Doors | 8:30PM Show
◊ GALACTIC ◊
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Galactic is a funk and jazz jam band from New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally formed in 1994 as an octet (under the name Galactic Prophylactic) and including singer Chris Lane and guitarist Rob Gowen, the group was soon pared down to a sextet of guitarist Jeff Raines, bassist Robert Mercurio, drummer Stanton Moore, Hammond organist Rich Vogel, Theryl DeClouet on vocals, and later adding saxophonist Ben Ellman.
The group was started when Raines and Mercurio, childhood friends from the Washington D.C. area, moved to New Orleans together to attend college at Tulane and Loyola Universities, and became enamored of the local funk scene, populated by such legendary acts as The Meters and Dirty Dozen Brass Band and inspired by local legends such as Professor Longhair. There they teamed with noted New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, saxophonist/harmonica (now producer) Ben Ellman, and Rich Vogel. In 2004, the band parted ways with vocalist DeClouet and continued as an instrumental group.
Their debut studio album, “Coolin’ Off” was issued by Fog City Records in 1996. “Crazyhorse Mongoose,” their second album, was released by Capricorn in 1998. It reached a peak position of #24 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Galactic’s third LP, “Late for the Future,” was released in 2000 on Polygram. It peaked at #4 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. A live album, “We Love ‘Em Tonight: Live at Tipitina’s” was recorded at Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans and released in 2001.
Produced by Dan the Automater, their fourth studio album, “Ruckus,” was issued by Sanctuary in 2003. The album peaked at #6 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart while also reaching #42 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
“From the Corner to the Block,” their fifth studio album, was released by ANTI- in 2007. Poduced by Count, Ben Ellman and Galactic, the album was a collaboration with various alternative hip hop musicians including Lyrics Born, Chali 2na, Mr. Lif and Boots Riley. Fellow New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty as well as DJ Z-Trip appeared on the record as well.
“Ya-Ka-May,” Galactic’s sixth studio album, was released in 2010 on ANTI-. The album included guest performances by a range of New Orleans musicians. Long-established performers such as Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis of The Wild Magnolias, Allen Toussaint and Walter “Wolfman” Washington are appear, along younger performers in the traditional vein, such as Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutté, Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully of Morning 40 Federation, and Glen David Andrews, and also Bounce artists Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby. “Ya-Ka-May”peaked at #3 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Heatseekers Albums charts.
ANTI- issued the live album, “The Other Side Of Midnight: Live In New Orleans” in 2011. Like their preivous live album, this was recorded at the legendary New Orleans’ nightclub Tipitinas. Guests on the album included Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville and Big Freedia among others.
“Carnivale Electricos” was issued by ANTI- in 2012. It became their second album to enter the Billboard 200 Albums chart and again went to #3 on the Jazz Albums chart.
Jeff Raines- Guitar
Stanton Moore- Drums
Robert Mercurio- Bass
Ben Ellman- Saxophone/Harmonica
Richard Vogel- Keyboard
◊ THE REVIVALISTS ◊
The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
Religion aside, a revival is all about the tangible electricity that can only be created when enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose. It’s a spiritual spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The same could be said for The Revivalists’ searing live performances. The band has a knack for bringing music to life on a stage, and they have tuned their talents to Swiss-watch precision over years of relentless touring. Their bombastic showmanship is the outgrowth of a desire to connect with audiences on a personal level, and that intimate connection is what elevates their shows above simple entertainment.
True to their name, The Revivalists lean more heavily on the older styles and warmer sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n roll, but the band isn’t afraid to dabble in electronics and sleight-of-studio when it’s right for the song. The group tends not to bother with questions like “does this sound like us?” or “does this fit with our other stuff?”, instead allowing songs to define themselves and take shape organically, each on its own terms. Is this a dark, heavy rock manifesto driven by a steel guitar line that borders on electronica, or is it an airy, acoustic story about star-crossed lovers, rich in vocal harmony and sparsely arranged until the coda? This one’s funky, that one’s sweet, this one’s heavy…
To The Revivalists, it doesn’t matter. They just write songs that they want to play.