GALACTIC is a uniquely New Orleans phenomenon; a 20-year instrumental project that synthesizes the full spectrum of New Orleans music into an edgy, urban fusion incorporating New Orleans horn-driven funk, the region’s exuberant jazz, blues, hip hop, electronica, blues, “second line” marching brass, and the local frenetic funk-rock style called bounce. The brightest lights of Louisiana also appear as guest artists on Galactic’s 11 albums, which have featured blues legend Walter Wolfman Washington, R&B queen Irma Thomas, cult “sissy bounce” legend Big Freedia, and R&B/soul star Macy Gray.
At the core of the band is rhythm section including Stanton Moore, who has a devoted following among drummers world wide, and bassist Rob Mercurio, who with saxophonist Ben Ellman forms a brilliant writing, arranging and production team. Guitarist Jeff Raines and Hammond organist Rich Vogel round out the band
The band’s most recent album INTO THE DEEP features such contributors as JJ Grey, who has spent significant time touring with Galactic, gospel icon Mavis Staples, and Macy Gray, who fronted the band at the band’s last appearance at Waterfront two years ago.
Galactic appears on the festival main stage Sunday, July 2, and later headlines the festival’s after-hours show at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.