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The positive vibes keep flowing in. Of course, we've all felt pretty good about Galactic for some time, but we thought those of you who haven't had the chance to catch the band live on their ongoing national tours might get some of the flava from these recent messages from those who have.

If you'd like a good soundtrack to the words below, why not listen to:

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" Well, back in Seattle after an epic weekend of Galactic in the Big Easy!!

I must say of the three shows, Tips..State Palace..and the Riverboat. The best one of the three for me was Tipitina's. Perhaps it was the fact that I had not seen the boys since the Aggie Theatre in Ft. Collins, perhaps I was just excited to get Jazz Fest going, perhaps I was a bit goofed out of my mind, but one thing is for certain, to see Ben ripping it up with Skerik, playing off the emotions of the other and to see Leo Neocentelli playing JKMB with the boys was amazing to say the least.

Ben wasted no time in getting back into fine form, he hasn't missed a beat and was not going to be upstaged by one of Seattle's finest in his own home town!!! They ripped up a killer 2 Clowns, JKMB, Africa, Crazyhorse Moongoose (Jeff went crazy!!), and a killer Quiet Please to end the show!!! you could hear ben yelling at Skerik to "Blow harder...HARDER!!" they were both having a great time and 2 sax players...what a treat indeed. I also don't know how Skerik does it but he can literally make his sax sound like a Guitar!!! Jeff ripped into an amazing Third Stone from the Sun and Skerik helped out with some guitar rifts with his sax!!!

Saturday night at the State Palace was a bit of a buzzkill. We got there during Soul Coughing and after they had finished we were left with a TINY audience, basically no one in the seats and everyone with plenty of room on the floor.. Bobby expressed his disappointment at the attendance and made a comment to sound like they might have played longer had the attendance been better. I replied that there were a lot of other shows that night (Bela Fleck/Fiji Mariners), and Maceo Parker with Zigaboo's Funk review to name a couple.

The boys played one extended set on saturday night, ending at about 3-3:15 on Saturday. Considering that the Tips show started at twelve and went to four and this started at one and only went till 3 I was a bit dissappointed as I wanted a 4:20 Jam!!! "

" I am 12 and a 4.0 student. I got the album for Xmas. Galactic jam New Orleans style. "
-Brian, Eunice, LA (postcard)

" I just saw the Galactic show at Tipitina's on Friday April 23rd. This is my fourth trip to Jazz Fest and I have to say that it was the best musical experience I have witnessed in my life. I also want you to know that the woman next to me enjoyed it so much she started crying. I kid you not. She was so moved by the music that she was driven to tears. As a band I don't think you can ask for anything more. "
-Doug, Milwaukee, WI

" Just walked in the door from the show at South Main Cafe and must say that I can't put into words how great the show was. From the start with Keller Williams to the final Galactic note!

Galactic, oh Galactic! It had been 6 long months since my last show and the wait (as hard as it was) was well worth it. The band came on at about 11:20 PM and played straight with no break until about 1:45 AM. Crowd was probably 170 (200 max) people, a sell out. After a few songs Theryl announced it was Ben's birthday and that they were going to showcase him! After they took a minute to do a shot for Ben they continued to get down to business. I didn't know everything they played and didn't write down what I heard but from memory I think we heard (in no particluar order) Love ont he Run, Crzy Horse Mongoose, Witch Doctor, Change My Ways (with a great intro!) Start From SCratch, Somethging's Wrong w/ Picture, among others. Someone else will have to give the real setlist. Lot s of extended solos and jams. Robert announced they had time for one more, which ended up being two more due to the loud crowd!

I wish I could give the setlist but all I can say is it was the "heat!" Catch this tour anyway possible! "
-Blue, Blacksburg, VA (posted to the Galactic Listserv February 2, 1999)

" I must say that it has been a blast hanging out and seeing the band over the past few days. I know you all are reading, thanks again!

Ben, tell Rich to have a loser sandwich for me!!!

One thing that has been really blowing me away is the sheer number of sold out shows on this tour. All but one of the 11 shows in Colorado sold out, and the 3 that I attended were sold out. Amazing. Something really hot is happening with this band right now and the vibe is nationwide.

Pittsburgh was my home show so it was nice to not have to travel on Friday. Arrived early and set up my gear with time to spare to catch Keller in the lobby at Graffiti. This kid is purely amazing and beautiful all at once. Picked up one of his CD's and it's great. Don't miss him at these shows. Especially don't miss one of his Vinx covers.

Each night that I saw of this tour was better than the other, but in the same sense they were ALL really amazing shows. Really diggin on lots of the new material especially Hit the Wall, Red Baron, and Thrill. And the new textural stuff Stanton is doing on As Big As Your Face.

Let me say right now, that whole debate that went on about Houseman and people not diggin on him can be put to rest with these shows. Theryl is the shit. Bottom line. That guy oozes class and soul in the truest sense of the word. They did the most killin versions of Picture and Love on the Run that I have ever seen on this tour. That guy earns my respect just by bein on this earth.

I digress.

Highlights from Pittsburgh - 1st set had a raging Start from Scratch, Running Man, and Thrill. As well as a great Red Baron. 2nd set had me the whole way through with great new stuff like Hit the Wall, and a great Houseman run of Picture, I Get Lifted, Mind is Hazy and I'm a Ram. Jesse from Schleigho came up and jammed on Open the Door and really impressed the band. The the encore gave us all a truly beautiful Quiet Please. I'll tell you, that song is like having the most amazing sex on the hottest most humid day of your life. It's soulful, sweaty, and passionate all at the same time. Incredible everytime I hear it. "
-Sean, Pittsburgh, PA (posted to the Galactic Listserv February 1, 1999)

" Hello. WOW!! That is what I found myself saying repeatedly Thursday night at Ripley's. One of the most fun shows I have ever been to. I have been into Galactic for a while but had only seen them once before Thursday night. That was in Atlanta back in March 98 and I had to deal with my girlfriend passing out from being overheated right before they came on. I still had a good time but let's just say that last Thursday blew that show out of the water.

Like I said this show was smokin!! I left my DAT with a friend of mine and got to get up front for the first set but stayed in the back for the 2nd which is a good thing because I was grooving too hard during that second set to be up front. After Hamp's Hump Robert says, "I think it's about time for the Houseman." and they kicked into this badass groove which eventually became Love on the Run. This is the best version of Love on the Run that I have ever heard and after the lyrics is possibly one of the best grooves I have ever heard them fall into. I about displaced my hipbone dancing! Hear this at all costs! Then Get out my Life is always a fav. During Running Man I told a friend of mine that had never seen them before that I hoped they played I'm a Ram and the next thing I know the Houseman says, "This is for all our Kentucky fans...Yeeeeeeeeahhhh!" whoooo-hooooo!! We don't get a show so he dedicates a song for us--pretty cool. They must've heard about the Kentucky fans' disappointment during their radio gig in Georgetown. Anyway, like I said the Love on the Run jam is to die for as is the rest of the show but LOTR is just when I found myself going "I REALLY need to drive to Cleveland this Saturday!" "
-kasari, Cincinatti, OH (posted to the Galactic Listserv February 1, 1999)

" The GALACTIC Winter tour continued digging a deep funky groove across the midwest last night at Ripley's Alive, in the University Heights section of Cincinnati, oHIo. They came from far and wide to get together and DANCE to the New Order New Orleans Funk-masters, out in support of their first Capricorn Records release, "Crazyhorse Mongoose".

For me it is always a pleasure to do the ecstactic dance that seems like the natural extension of the grooves put forth by GALACTIC, but more than that it is dancing with people that are turning on to the GALACTIC vibe for the first time. The band lays it down so funky, that the groove spreads like an epidemic through the crowd; beautiful people lighting up as the music overtakes their senses on such a primal, sensual level that all present can't help but THROW DOWN like bad ass sexy mutha****as.

Keller Williams continued his opener role, laying down the Indicus Beautious twelve string, mouth hom, and djembe stylings. Keller is so talented, and so right on! A perfect opener, setting a harmonious warm vibe for the evening.

The band was charged up about the latest Syncopage discussions, the criticisms being absorbed and processed in a very healthy way by these high, and getting higher, mofessionals of the groove. No worries here, GALACTIC is as GALACTIC does, and it's all about the GROOVE - brothers and sisters! The first set was a tasty nug, filled with groove expanding syncopations by Rich and Jeff, melodious rhythms by Stanton and Rob, low down dirty tenor work by Ben, and soulful to the core, Theryl on top of the world!

By the time of the set break the crowd was gettin a head of steam, lots of boys meeting girls, sharing the moment, exchanging precious gifts of heart and soul. Such a wonderful scene again - what is it about this band that attracts such wonderful people?

The second set opened thick and nasty as you wannabe, with Ben breakin out the Baritone for the first time and just creamin the joint. The thing about GALACTIC is the rhythm/melodies. Stanton is such a master of creating melody from rhythm, his precise syncocraft on the traps is a wonder to watch, it aint no surprise that the muthafucka is smiling all the time! He simply dominates like very few drummers can. A real treat for the faithful was Keller Williams sitting in on mouth horn and twelve string for the first time of the tour. His mouthbone is such a classic for GALACTIC, a band that can NEVER have too many horns on stage. Love that horny interplay, reminding me of those multihorn shows down in New Orleans that are a MAJOR treat for this horn-intensive groovemeister.

The show ended with the crowd secondlining Cincy style as GALACTIC left the stage with drum, percussion, and horn in tow.

Great show fellas! Thanks for the time spent round these parts - I have enjoyed it (as always) and enjoyed hangin. Next time you WILL be playin in Kentucky - and guess what? - I will be there, groovin like it's the last groove on earth.... "
-Alien , Pet de Kat, Cincinatti, OH (posted to the Galactic Listserv January 29, 1999)

" I second Alan's comments on last night. Another smoking show and it was a trip watching these midwesterns getting their first shot of that New Orleans funk. They looked a little tentative the first set, but really stared getting into it during the second. Galactic is not the kind of band where it may take somebody a couple shows to get into. You are going to know whether you like it or not pretty quickly. They are to loud and to funky not to form an opinion one way or the other real quick.

Anyway, Ripleys is a small place and it filled up pretty tight after the UC game was over. The first set smoked with a funky Go Go and ending with a nasty instrumental that I had not heard before dropping into the always smooth Quiet Please. The second set opened with Ben's Klemzar sounding tune. Theryl did a sampling of his normal tunes in both sets including Something Wrong With This Picture, Running Man, I'm A Ram, Start From Scratch, and Love On The Run. He also tossed in a nice Get Out My Life. If I remember correctly Kellar sat in on Crazyhorse Mongoose and Hamp's Hump. Kellar added some nice mouth horn to Ben's classic Hamp farting. Sorry about the fragmented of a setlist, but I can't bring myself to sit still enough to even think about wanting to write one down at the show, and half of the unrecorded instrumentals I have probably heard 6 or 7 times and still don't have any idea what they are called. Thanks guys for coming around and providing some relief for a Southerner maronoed in the midwest. "
-Joe , Cincinatti, OH (posted to the Galactic Listserv January 29, 1999)

" NEW DAISY THEATER, 1/23/99 - On Saturday night, Galactic funked up a packed house in Memphis with one of the best shows I have seen by any band in recent memory. The first set featured at least three or four new instrumentals, plus Theryl came out for "I'm a Ram", "Running Man", ""Your Love Is Such a Thrill"??, etc. Tha band was really tight and were noticeably having a great time. The second set was smokin' and long. All under-agers had to leave after the first set, and unfortunately they missed out on the madness. Total time just for set 2: one hour and forty-nine minutes!! There were a few more new tunes, Go Go, and more. Then Theryl glided out midway in the set for "Love on the Run", "Change My Ways", and then a long, long "Pork Chops and Gravy/ Just Kissed My Baby". Theryl even added to the funk with a bit of percussion during the jam. (My 2 cents: for all of you who have posted with negative Theryl comments, you are missing the boat in a big way). The encore was THIRTY-FIVE minutes and featured not one, but TWO Stanton solos in which he played the bottle (held by an audience member on the front row), the mic stand, the stage, and he finished it off by playing his drums with two green glow sticks taken from an audience member. It was PHENOMENAL, baby!!!! Definitely a show to remember, one of the best I have seen. Glad to see some new tunes thrown into the mix. "
-Mike , Memphis TN (posted to the Galactic Listserv January 23, 1999)

" I just wanted to say that the show i saw in lawrence the other night was fantastic! i've been listening to galactic for a couple of years now, and that was the first live show. everything i expected! i brought a couple of friends, for their first taste, and they were flabergasted! everyone loved it! its nice to hear people around you freak'n out about something that makes em feel that good! "
-Jamie , Lawrence KS (January 22, 1999)

" I proposed to my future wife at the 1998 Newport jazz fest, right before galactic. Thanks for the great music, KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!! "
-Bill , S. Jordan UT (November 4, 1998)

" The Mountain Air late night performance was one of the greatest musical events I have ever witnessed. I also enjoyed the Crested Butte, Sun Valley, and Grand Targhee Performances. I look forward to Halloween night!!! You guys are the BOMB!!!! "
-Brice, Victor ID (October 14, 1998)

" please keep going!! funk will rule the world! "
-Chris, Boston MA (May 24, 1998)

" The midnight gig at Mountain Aire was beyond words! I'll see you guys next Friday at the Greek! "
-Todd, Santa Cruz CA (May 24, 1998)

" Caught your show at the Barns of Wolftrap in Northern Virginia. I'm hooked and spreading the word. "
-Atilla, Rockville MD (May 24, 1998)

" I saw Galactic play at the Green Room in Dallas, Texas. It was an incredible show and I hope they come back soon! "
-Catherine, Fort Worth TX (May 24, 1998)

" Yall = Good Listening "
-Thomas, Dallas TX (May 20, 1998)

" i was just in new orleans for jazz fest and saw galactic open up for mmw at the contemporary arts center and was completely blown away - i had to leave the mmw show 3/4 of the way through b/c i had blown all my energy on galactic. holy $@#&. i haven't been so impressed by a band in a long time. you guys are truly fantastic. "
-Kristen, Ithaca NY (May 12, 1998)

" Holy @#&$ ! What the hell happened in New Orleans? The Sunday night show at Tips blew my hair back! I'm still dancing some funky shuffle through my office. The "House Boys Incident" was incredible. The only good thing about returning to reality/work is that I am able to send y'all an official "Thank You". This was the best Jazz Fest ever and Galactic was the highlight. I kept thinking throughout the show 'Everyone needs to experience this!!' "
-Courtney, Atlanta GA (May 1, 1998)

" appreciation for what you are doing. I love the Galactic album and play a similar type of stuff myself on the other side of the world. Keep up the good work and pass on my respect to the members of the band "
-Greg, Adelaide AUSTRALIA (April 9, 1998)

" I saw you guys @ Johns Hopkins on 3/29/98 in Shirver Hall and you guys simply blew me away! Probably the best show I have ever seen! "
-Greg, Pleasantville NY (April 3, 1998)

" You guys raged at the South Main in Blacksburg. One of the best shows I've seen since I've been here. "
-Brian, Blacksburg VA (March 30, 1998)

" I never heard of you guys, but I knew you were opening for Charlie Hunter at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. Honestly, you're probably one of the most talented bands I've ever seen. "
-John, Laurinburg NC (March 30, 1998)

" Your music has inspired me! I hope to see you again. Soon. "
-Jonas, Flagstaff AZ (March 30, 1998)

" Best live show I've seen in years (and I'm in the music business so I see plenty). Bring 'em back soon! "
-Erika, Atlanta GA (March 24, 1998)

" We saw you play all night at Cafe Brazil after panic on Halloween and in Telluride at the Sheridan. Time of life. "
-Kim, Oxford MS (March 24, 1998)

" I heard about the band opening up for Widespread Panic in Nawlins. I saw them in Atlanta last weekend and it was one of the most entertaining shows I have seen in a long while. Keep it Funky!! "
-Don, Augusta GA (March 24, 1998)

" I first heard Galactic in a bar in Oxford last summer. It blew my mind--the music was incredible. So I asked the bartender who was playing, and he told me. Since then, I have listened to Coolin Off countless times, and I never get bored with it. Definitely my favorite cd. I have made several live shows but not nearly enough. Keep it coming!!! "
-Stuart , Columbus, MS (March 19, 1998)

" Heard about Galactic from my bro who lived in New Orleans for a few years and listened when I went out to visit. Recently saw them in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall. Had gone to the supposed show in Sebastopol a few days earlier which unfortunately was called off. But my friends sat and chatted with the band and they were the coolest people! Then went and saw them in S.F. and that was the most amazing show I've ever seen! I will NEVER miss them coming to the bay area! They should try to book something in Marin County because people here would totally dig them! Please let me know when they are coming out this way again! "
-Carol , Novato, CA (March 13, 1998)

" Your music had me in the zone within 5 minutes of walking in the club. I live for hot live music, and your stuff is the best new music I have heard in years. Galactic is the real deal. "
-John , Chicago, IL (March 10, 1998)

" Just wanted to drop you guys a line a say how much Galactic rocks. From the first time I heard it in the record store, I knew I was on to something cool. I've passed it around the office and everybody has gone out a got a CD. Was hoping to get on a mailing list about tour dates and updates on new tunes. Thanks and keep up the killer tunes. Nice change from all that whiney cr*p on the radio these days. "
-Craig , Carrollton, TX (March 4, 1998)

" I was a little slow in picking up COOLING OFF - great CD! I must have played it 100 times straight! HEAVY rotation.... "
-Alan, Louisville, KY (February 17, 1998)

" I heard the CD playin before a Widespread show and thought it was cool, although at that time I didn't know the name of the band playing the music. Then I saw your name on the web a few times and decided I had better check out your music. When I popped the CD in the player I knew right away who it was and I was in an intense state of excitement. "
-Christopher, Wayzata, MN (February 16, 1998)

" I was very, very impressed when I saw you for the first time at the Knitting Factory, January 1998. Excellent show! Will continue to catch more Galactic shows in the future. You've got a new fan! "
-Faith, New York, NY (February 2, 1998)

" man, galactic rocks!! they didn't want to stop come 2am. i have never seen such a good show in albuquerque, i was glad a friend from new orleans told me about them!!! "
-Mark, Albuquerque NM (February 1, 1998)

" I caught the shows.....really really good. Don't get that much New Orleans groove goin' in New York believe it or not. The bands come, but the scene isn't Uptown or San Francisco at all. Galactic brought the crowd and put on the best low down show I've seen here lately. "
-Michael, New York NY (January 30, 1998)

" I enjoyed the Friday show immensely. Super funked. I think that Galactic has what it takes to make it big. Up here, there is a core group of tapers who travel around looking for good bands, and I must G is the best I have seen in a long time. "
-John, New York NY (January 30, 1998)

" Heard Galactic live and loved 'em. Danced all night! "
-Roland, Asheville NC (January 26, 1998)

" Someone asked me what you sound like, and although I hate to classify you guys, all I could think of was Herbie Hancock, Medeski Martin & Wood, and The Dirty Dozen in one big pint. I personally can't think of a greater thing. "
-Stephen, Atlanta GA (January 23, 1998)

" Well, I say again, [Galactic at the Knitting Factory, New York City, 1/17/98] prolly one of the best live shows I have ever attended. This was the fourth time I have seen them. I saw the Stones a few nights before, Phish holiday run etc. you get the picture. But this saturday show was one of those magical musical experiences. Early House Man appreances were a treat, Just Kissed My Baby, I'm A Ram were kick ass, the whole Two Clowns > 'nawlins medley with Iko and Pockey Way were incredible, just Stanton and the guitarist jammed hard with 7 other members on some percussion instrument. House Man and a vocalist from The Wild Magnolias just traded verses answering each other, a trend that would be present later in the night

Second set just ripped, Root Down > Quiet Please was killer, the Get Out My Life tune by House Man, brought out a trombonist. Many of my friends were totally psyched to hear this tune especially since some link it to the Jerry garcia band. After that Church was rockin' - the three horns, alto and tenor sax with the trombone just traded licks after lick, the three knew how to jam. Black Eyed Pea had the guest appearance of Warren Haynes, I was talking with him just before he went downstairs to play. He said he only saw them once before @ the High Sierra Fest and enjoyed the tunes. he played for only about two minutes (relatively short), but his solo was the JAM, how he can just pick up a guitar never played a tune before and jam like he knew the tunes and played for the last eight years. Stanton and Rich then jammed together which just kept me dancin'... Rich left and it was just Stanton, soon there after everyone returned and finished Black Eyed Pea, then they encored with Africa, loved the show. "
-Dan, New York NY (January 20, 1998)

" Some very twisted, sharp edged funk. I like it... "
-Jim Payne, author of Give The Drummer Some (January 19, 1998)

" SATURDAY was incredible, just magical moments of music that are hard to translate to tape, every song played I wanted to hear. "
-Dan, New York NY (January 19, 1998)

" Saw the Galactic gig at the Knitting factory. One of the best shows I have seen in a really long time. Simply amazing...and I have seen quite a few funky, jammin shows (brand new heavies, phish, widespread, etc...). This ranked up there. "
-Evan, New York NY (January 19, 1998)

" Friends saw them last year at JazzFest in New Orleans. Have seen them whenever they are in the city. "
-Debbie, New York NY (January 19, 1998)

" I caught the show last night at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. The buzz has officially begun here on campus, and we look forward to Galactic passing through the area again soon. "
-Matthew , Carrboro NC (January 16, 1998)

" I was recently turned on to Galactic from a friend who was visiting New Orleans and happened to here Coolin' Off while relaxing at Wake 'n' Bakes. After falling in love with the album I had the pleasure of seeing them perform at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 8, 1997 and January 1, 1998. Needless to say the album does not give justice to their live performance. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A SHOW! I was like giddy college kid (unfortunately I am 7 years removed). "
-Jesse, Atlanta GA (January 15, 1998)

" Thanks for the great music! "
-Marc, New York NY (January 15, 1998)

" I just had a friend play your CD for me, and I've gotta say, youv'e got quite a groove goin' on. Can't wait to check you out live! "
-Cameron, Falls Church VA (January 13, 1998)

" I just wanted to let you know that i finally got a chance to see Galactic live here in Columbia, SC. All the hype and expectations I had came true for me and a couple of my non-believing friends. these guys are sooo hot!!! My god man, I mean we just did not want to see them leave. The band seemed to be very appreciative toward the unexpected packed house. The bassist (not sure of names yet) said, this is far better turn out than their last time here, and the responsive crowd led them to tell us to expect them to come back soon to Columbia. I sure am glad they got such a good response from the folks here in Columbia. They are indeed welcome here at any time. thanks again for helping to bring this awesome group of musicians to Columbia. Hope to see them back soon. "
-Kevin, Columbia SC (January 12, 1998)

" Thanks 4 everything. Keep on getting the funk out to the world. Whatever success you may be enjoying @ present re: Galactic is much deserved b/c: you all knew a good thing and took the risk! the dudes are AWESOME! "
-Tom, Richmond CA (January 8, 1998)

" You guys rip - come to florida more often. "
-Ryan, Sarasota FL (January 7, 1998)

" Thanks for making my New Year's the best yet. Galactic really knows how to get the year started with that incredible funk! "
-Tiff, Hattiesburg MS (January 1, 1998)

" I first heard about Galactic at one of their gigs. This probably sounds really cheesy, but they are probably my favorite funk-jazz band on earth! It was so cool to see them jamming with what's-his-name from Critters Buggin! I only found out about Fog City because i was looking up Galactic on the web, but any label that would pick up Galactic must be cool. Tell the band that if they ever want a trumpet player to jam with, I would be honored to meet and play with them. "
-Hans, Colfax WA (December 30, 1997)

" Jazzy, funky, very cool! I'm a critic, so I should know. "
-Bob, Tampa FL (December 30, 1997)

" The concert at Grant Street 12-4-97 was fantastic! "
-Sarah, Lafayette LA (December 30, 1997)

" Great stuff! Can't wait for them to hit Tuscaloosa again. "
-Joshua, Tuscaloosa AL (December 17, 1997)

" Great album! "
-Walker, Knoxville TN (December 17, 1997)

" You guys rip "
-Tim, West Boylston MA (December 15, 1997)

" I saw these funky boys at Grant Street and they blew the roof off that joint. Keep it up brothers! "
-Jeremy, Lafayette LA (December 12, 1997)

" I saw Galactic @ Jazzfest 97. They blew me away. I was enthralled with the funk and groove that they pushed. On Dec.4 I saw them @ Grant St. Dancehall in Lafayette. The show was awesome and the atmosphere was incredible - the entire set was flawless. Galactic kicked everyone's ass that night. I just thought I'd drop you a line and say thanks for doing what you do best! "
-Scott, Scott LA (December 8, 1997)

" Keep the funk coming! "
-Leo, Starkville MS (December 5, 1997)

" I would like to say that everything you are doing for quality music is wonderful. "
-Michael, Duluth GA (December 4, 1997)

" I just received a copy of Coolin' Off in the mail, I must say that that is one of the best produced funk cds out there. Dude you have to give yourself props "
-Ralph, Dallas TX (December 3, 1997)

" Galactic can funk it up! I caught their opening act for Widespread Panic on Halloween at UNO Lakefront Arena and now I'm hooked on their funk! I love the way Galactic lays down those funky riffs. Galactic Funks Sh*t Up! "
-Robert, Perry GA (November 19, 1997)

" I saw Galactic here in Phx at the Rhythm Room, and they kicked ass, too bad that the dorks here in Phx don't know what groovin' and ass shakin' is about. My buddy in Portland hipped me to Galactic and this website, thanks for makin' real music. Cuz there ain't no funk here in Phx, you have to go to Tucson, or Flagstaff to see real funk like Shortbus or Polliwog. Thanks again....... "
-GB, Phoenix AZ (November 18, 1997)

" You are incredible! Never quit! "
-James, New Orleans LA (November 17, 1997)

" I just got back from your show at Mercury in Austin, TX... I'm so blown away that I cannot sleep... My friend was all, "hey come check out this'll dig 'em...I saw 'em at Widespread on Halloween..." So i'm all, "right on...I'll come when I get off work" :( I came, but what's this? I forgot our (2) tix. I couldn't sport 26 more greens, so I had to drive home (15 min) to get them. I've never been so happy about a half hour drive in my life... honestly. You guys make me want to move to New Orleans for the music... I can't even describe my feelings towards your show... "
-Hallie, San Marcos TX (November 17, 1997)

" Saw you guys for the first time in New Orleans opening for the Panic. You Blew My Mind. Seriously. Been telling all my friends about you. "
-Jamie, Boone NC (November 13, 1997)

" Coolin' Off is, simply put, PHAT. Suffice it to say, Galactic is one of the coolest, tighest, just plain FUN bands I've heard in quite some time. Great stuff. "
-Andrew, Glen Burnie MD (November 12, 1997)

" I heard of you guys from my beautiful girlfriend who has been trying to find out where you guys were playing. After many o crazy nights, we were able to finally see you guys and damn was I just as impressed as she said I would be. Hella cool sound. "
-Cameron, OK (November 11, 1997)

" I just saw you guys at Muddy Waters in Jackson MS, please, please please come back to Jackson. I love you guys. Boom. Where the hell did that come from? I wasn't exactly expecting to shake my bones like I did. You guys bring out more funk than I thought possible. "
-Lonzo, Jackson MS (November 11, 1997)

" First caught you all at the Mermaid Lounge during JF --- WOWWY! Since then I've had the opportunity to see you in San Fran, High Sierra, Telluride, NYC, Halloween...Don't worry, I'm not a stalker, I'm just lucky to be in the same places at the same times! I really enjoyed the last NYC show at the Knitting Factory. Thanks for the fantastic grooves and best of luck with your continued success! "
-Karen, St Louis MO (November 10, 1997)

" First saw you guys with Panic in New Orleans for Halloween. Don't tell them I said this, but ya'll almost stole the show. Then I got addicted to your funked out rhythms, so I couldn't possibly miss the show at Muddy Waters in Jackson. Now I anxiously await the Blues Alley show. You guys definately know how to jam. "
-Tiffany, Hattiesburg MS (November 10, 1997)

" I went to New Orleans to see the show- but kept it in the back of my mind that their CD would be mine before I left- a feeling that definitely was augmented by the live performance itself..... HOLY COW!!! These guys were HOT!!! I wished that they could have played ALL night - but (hopefully) maybe there will be another time... "
-Andrew, Knoxville TN (November 6, 1997)

" you got da groove "
-Edu, SPAIN (November 5, 1997)

" I saw Galactic at the Roskilde Festival this summer and it was the best concert i have ever seen. "
-Lowe, SWEDEN (November 3, 1997)

" I saw the show at the Crowbar in State College this past week. I was in awe. It was amazing! You guys chilled the place out. Thanks. "
-Chi, Sewickley PA (October 27, 1997)

" I flew up to meet a friend of mine in Seattle at Bumbershoot and you were the only guys I wanted to check out. You made my trip!!! Your show was really the only thing I enjoyed up there. Came back home to San Francisco and even though I only live a couple of blocks away from Mick's Lounge I didn't see you again until the Great American Music Hall show. #@&^%@ was that good!!! "
-Chi, San Francisco CA (October 15, 1997)

" I saw Galactic at the 8x10 in Baltimore on thursday, Oct. 9th, and could not believe my ears!!! It was one of the most incredible shows i have seen in a long time!! I heard about them through a freind of mine, and am now one of their biggest fans!! Their music is absolutley beautiful. I wish they would play more shows in the Baltimore area. GALACTIC IS GROOVY!!! "
-Jill, Pasadena MD (October 11, 1997)

" You are the best band out there! I caught two Jackson MS shows and Oxford... Keep coming around the area... keep groovin'! "
-Adam, Tupelo MS (October 2, 1997)

" Very inspiring to see and hear young cats with such tough chops (especially Stanton). Impatiently awaiting new LP. "
-Denny, Madison MS (October 2, 1997)

" WOW! You guys keep the funk motor running! "
-Tyler, Durham NC (October 2, 1997)

" I saw Galactic play last week in Oxford, MS. Wow!!! It was my first time to see them even though I have been listening to them on a bootleg for about six months. I have friends asking me all the time about Galactic. I can't wait to hear them in New Orleans when they open up for WSP!! "
-Britt, Oxford MS (October 1, 1997)

" Kudos to Dan Prothero for capturing all that this surprisingly tight and rangy band has to offer. As a native New Orleanian and follower of all things funk - real funk - I'm happy to have the opportunity to enjoy these guys refine the improvisational wonderments of The Meters and bring real funk to a new generation. This disc captures the essence of something of which Porter, Neocentelli, Neville and Modeliste would be proud to be a part...the evolution of 'stretchin' out'. "
-Chris, New Orleans LA (September 30, 1997)

" I picked up the CD, and I was absolutely floored! Their music has a thump that would register on the Richter Scale given the chance. DO NOT miss this band if they come to your town! "
-Joel, Birmingham AL (September 29, 1997)

" I love you guys! I am a huge Jazz-Funk-Groove fan and I think you guys are the sh*t. You have to play In Madison WI again. There are so many people that would love to get down to some grooves "

-Ben, Madison WI (September 24, 1997)

" I saw the show at Bumbershoot with a friend. We were curious about the description in the Seattle Times and decided to check it out. We were blown away. It sounded like something off of a Brecker Brothers album. They made the day a bargain. Hopefully I'll get to see Galactic again in Seattle. "
-Janet, Seattle WA (September 21, 1997)

" I saw Galactic for the first time at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge on September 11. It blew my mind away. I can't believe I waited this long to see them. They're the kind of band that I think can change things. It's only a matter of time before they will become one of the musically elite. A word to the guys: Please don't go commercial. We have to change the industry. "
-Ross, Baton Rouge LA (September 17, 1997)

" Friends couldn't stop talking about you guys post-JazzFest '97 time. Amazing disc- thanks! "
-Tim, New York NY (September 10, 1997)

" I just caught the sept 8th show at the Dingo in Albuquerque, and i'm absolutly blown away. These guys are everything that I've been wanting to hear in a band. I've been into medeski, martin and wood, Airto, Junk, etc. for a while, but this was the first time I've heard of these guys. Currently Myself and a drummer are trying to put together a latin/funk/fusion project, and Galactic has helped me have the confidence to realize that people can appreciate all instrumental groove-based music. Thanks alot for keeping real music alive. "
-Daniel, Albuquerque NM (September 9, 1997)

" You guys kick ass. "
-Warren, Newnan GA (September 9, 1997)

" I saw Galactic in New Orleans in April at the House of Blues. Have been looking forwards to a cd and hoping they would come to Seattle sometime soon. Went to Bumbershoot only to see them and Beck. Sure was glad I bought the CD before the show, because there probably weren't any left afterwards. What a bunch of talented guys! Not to mention the hot sax player. Thanks for an excellent show! "
-Theresa, Seattle WA (September 8, 1997)

" Well it looks as though the news that Galactic opening up for Widespread Panic on Halloween 1997 in New Orleans has finally broke. To say that I am excited would be an gross understatement.

I don't think it would have made much sense to me or anybody else if any other band would have been given that honor. The combination of Galactic and Widespread Panic on Halloween in New Orleans is, as a Louisiana Boy and Panic Freak, a dream come true. For you see it was the Georgia Boys in Panic that turned me on to the music that defines Louisiana. Dem Funks is the key it's played in, and until I heard Dave Schools kick down that wicked bass line in JKMB on a Nth generation copy of a Panic show, I didn't really get it.

Galactic is the next generation of NOLA Funk. They aren't that because they heard some Meters records when they were growin up (hell, when Stanton was growing up he was playing WITH George Porter Jr. and The Houseman grew up with 'em in the 50s and 60s in the Fifth Ward). They are the next generation of NOLA funk because they have taken the bull by its f*in' horns and studied and played and lived the kind of music that can only come out in a town that's 20 feet below sea level and humidity that'll make you sweat if you just look out the window.

IMHO, The people who are lucky enough to be in New Orleans, Louisiana on Halloween, 1997 are going to see one of the best shows that Widespread Panic has ever put on. One thing is for sure, they will never be onstage with another group that knows the history of and admires Old School NOLA Funk as much as they do (well, except for the ones that were part of it). I bet a conversation between JoJo and Stanton would make even Bryan Irby dizzy (well... probably not).

I know that the call of partying before a Panic show pushes venue entry until just before Panic hits the stage is sometimes (well, maybe more than sometimes) too hard to pass up, but do yourself a favor on this one and don't miss Galactic on Halloween. For some reason, I have a strange feeling that if you don't get in early enough you'll be missing a very special something that night.

Think back to the first time you saw Panic live. Now, think back to the first time you could've seen them play but felt as though something else was more important. It pisses you off, doesn't it? I know it pisses me off that I could've seen a Panic show in the 80s but didn't because my favorite hometown band of the time, Better Than Ezra, was playin' at another bar. Please don't let it happen to you with another band, especially one as talented as Galactic. "
-Peter, Baton Rouge LA (posted on Spreadnet, August 25, 1997)

" Heard about G from a N.O. buddy and checked out the Crystal Ballroom and Bumbershoot shows. These guys are PHENOMENAL!!! I've already sent in my mail order and booked tickets for the New Orleans show... ain't no way I could miss Galactic and Widespread Panic under one roof!!! funk on... "
-Josh, Portland OR (September 3, 1997)

" On the Spreadnet, several raves concerning Galactic prompted me to check them out Thursday Aug 28 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. They are Phat!!!!!! The crowd grooved on the heavy grooves. Right on, gentlemen!!!!!! "
-Ken, Portland OR (August 29, 1997)

" Galactic are the funk masters of the 90s. "
-Marc, Birmingham AL (August 15, 1997)

" First heard you at the Maple Leaf, it went on FOREVER!! Galactic is amazing; seen you many times since. You guys keep me funkified. Keep on keepin' on... "
-Hank, New York NY (August 9, 1997)

" Saw 4-5 hour show latenight at the Mermaid bar in New Orleans, Sunday night of JazzFest. It was killer, the highlight of my weekend (I flew down for Panic, but that was only 45 minutes!) "
-Bob, Los Angeles CA (August 7, 1997)

" Saw Galactic at the now seemingly famous Mermaid Lounge gig during JazzFest. I also caught them with George Porter in Telluride, CO. What an amazing show! Keep it up! "
-Greg, Bridgewater NJ (August 6, 1997)

" Galactic is the future of jazz live! Record a live album please. "
-Jed, Potomac MD (July 2, 1997)

" I just saw Galactic in Cleveland @ Peabody's DownUnder. A terrific time, great scene. I thought the show was so damn funky, the tippi toes rocked me. I cannot wait to check em' out again. That nite I forced my two friends in Chitown to catch them at the SubT, they said it funked them to death. The Metrons, Ze Galactic. Da Funk! "
-Funklin, Cleveland (June 24, 1997)

" Galactic is one of the funkiest bands I've ever heard "
-Tommy, New Orleans (June 24, 1997)

" I'd like to apologize to Galactic on behalf of the Subterranean, who cut their set short a little before 2am. Even though some of us were GETTING DOWN, and grateful to be blessed with MAD rhythms, a Funky Miracle, mind-bending keys, some tenor sax (in all the right places), a taste of Manteca, blistering percussion, and visions of George, Leo, Art, and Zig, the establishment was a bit uptight. Maybe it was because their roof was damn near blown off...not once, or twice, but AT LEAST eight times. Then the house lights came on...the perfect time for an ILL drum jam. ;) "
-Ronnie, Chicago (June 23, 1997)

" What a wonderful experience I had seeing and taping Galactic at the Bullfrog Brewery. I got a really great DAT of the show and the guys were in prime form. This is the first time that I got to see and hear them and all I can say is WOW! I hung out with Stanton most of the night in between sets. That kid is one of the most incredible drummers I have met. Really into his craft. And we talked about technique and drummers and he even showed me some of his stuff. "
-Shaun, Pittsburgh (June 19, 1997)

" I saw them the other night at Five Spot and they were incredible!!! They were so tight, I couldn't believe I got to see a show like that for only $6. And they were still playing when I left at 1:30--easily 2 1/2 hours or more of pure G-phunk. "
-Chris, Philadelphia (June 16, 1997)

" Galactic's incendiary set at the HOB stage on the second weekend had people shaking what wasn't nailed down. This young group showed a lot of poise and musical ability. It wouldn't be a surprise to see them bust out of the pack and do something extraordinary in the not-too-distant future. "

-David H Jones, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans (June 1997)

" I saw Galactic for the first time in Athens on 5-30-97. They blew the roof off the High Hat Club! Please tell me that they are coming back soon! "
-Eric, Athens GA (June 2, 1997)

" Well I now sit at my computer and attempt to recover from what was a truly amazing weekend. This past Friday Galactic showed up in Athens, Georgia and completely brought the house down. The venue they played at, The High Hat, was jammed packed until 3:30 AM when the band finally decieded to stop. The crowd was going nuts and wanted to see the show continue, but I guess all good things must come to an end. Our very own MMW subscribee Les Rhoda stood in with Galcatic tonight, and he sounded great.

Saturday night Galactic drove up to Columbia, South Carolina in what was to be a very intresting show. The show was phat, and by the beginning of the 2nd set everyone was loving every minute.

Galactic is now on the road again and heading north. Check them out if you have the chance, because these guys are doing nothing but rising up in the music industry. Well I am out, but everyone who is smart and loves good jazz/funk will absolutely love these guys. "
-Chan, Atlanta (June 1, 1997)

" I haven't been so thoroughly entertained for $5.00 in a long, long time. The rhythm section is top notch, great sax and keyboard work. They played at least 2 and a half hours (they were still playing when I left at 2am to make the trip back to Atlanta). If you like the cd, definitely see them live. I think the disc is great, but they're much more energetic in person. "
-Michael, Atlanta (May 31, 1997)

" I made it to both shows and they were amazing. They really got a great groove. "
-Andrew Jimenez, An Honest Tune magazine (May 29, 1997)

" I saw them a couple of months ago, and they blew away the headliner, Big Ass Truck. In fact, when BAT went under the lights, I exclaimed to those nearby, 'Big Ass Deal! Bring back Galactic!' Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I've seen the truck a bizillion times. I'm sending out an alert to all friends in cities where Galactic is playing and demanding that they go see 'em. Come to Memphis soon! "
-Mark, Memphis (May 28, 1997)

" Went to the Show at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando. The doorman (a buddy of mine) told me you were online. Screwed up and didn't get to sign the sheet for the mailing list... Bought the CD and now refuse to remove it from the Player. "
-Wally, Orlando FL (May 24, 1997)

" I just absolutely love this band. I just saw them for the first time backing up the Neville's at the HOB. Never heard of them before, but the next day I just had to go downtown and buy a CD! GREAT MUSIC! "
-Cathy, New Hampshire (May 22, 1997)

" I saw you guys at Tobacco Road in Miami and at the Back Room in Delray Beach. Kik ass d00ds!!!!!! i love live music! you guys jam!!!!! "
-Jim, Florida (May 22, 1997)

" Just wanted to let you know how super-hip I think Galactic is. I saw them for the first time in Detroit back in March, and some friends of mine and I traveled all the way down to New Orleans to check them out at Jazz Fest. Both New Orleans and Jazz Fest proved to be a blast, but Galactic was definitely the high point of the road trip! Unfortunately, we had to take off back to MI right after their show at Jazz Fest so we couldn't catch them in town that night. But, we were groovin' all the way back listening to the funky sounds of "Coolin' Off!" Counting the days til they travel back to Detroit next month....... "
-Rachel, phunky phresh Galactic phan phorever - from Michigan (May 21, 1997)

" I danced more at Galactic than I did at Widespread Panic?!?! You have what might be considered a cult following here, but we're not scary... "
-Erin, Mississippi (May 21, 1997)

" My buddies and I caught you guys twice during Jazzfest, would have been three times but Benny's was closed on Sat. Night. I'd have to say I had the most fun @ your shows during all of Jazzfest, it's a bold statement considering I was there for the whole shabang and all, but its the truth. "
- Michael, Ohio (May 15, 1997)

" New Orleans Jazz Fest provided my first Galactic exposure. I thought they were so smokin' I bought the disc and managed to see them three times in four days! "
- Ian, Florida (May 18, 1997)

" Some of the best live music I've heard in years - since the Grateful Dead. "
- Butch, Lafayette, LA (May 18, 1997)

" Galactic is the best band I've heard in a long time. It has really turned me on to seek out more jazz. Especially that FUNKY kind. I've seen the guys in Austin and New Orleans and they kicked my ass both times. I owe my boyfriend a big thanks for takin me with him after that Widespread Panic show in Austin about a month ago. I've been hooked ever since and would also like to find out what other bands are on this label. Keep the good stuff rollin!!! "
- Brandi, Chicago (May 12, 1997)

" They knocked a huge hole in it last Thursday. They floored me and the buddy I dragged along. They played their asses off and earned every penny. I picked up a CD from the guitarist after the show -- it sounds great but doesn't come close to showing off what they can do live. The best part was the smiles on their faces -- it's a rare sight to see a real band having fun with each other on stage. And everything anyone ever said about the drummer is true.

Thanks for the chance to see them. You have a new convert and proselytizer in Seattle. Send them back as soon as you can. "
- Jason Staczek, writer, Jellyroll Magazine (March 31, 1997)

" Just wanted to let you know that Galactic put on a fine show Saturday night here in Washington, DC. They played the State of the Union on U Street. The U Street corridor has been revitalized in the last few years. It used to be the center for Black entertainers in DC, until it got burned-out in the 60's riots. The Lincoln Theatre is a block away, and Duke Ellington's birthplace is right around the corner.

The boys played for about an hour and 45 minutes. Robert and Stan kicked it off with a funky bass/drum groove and didn't let up for the whole night. A few from the CD - 'Church,' 'There's Something Wrong With This Picture,' and of course 'Go Go,' since DC is home to the Go Go scene (and also Robert and Jeff). The rest was great-sounding new material with a Meters cover thrown in for good measure. They looked like they were having a great time - lots of smiles exchanged between Robert and Stan. They also had a West coast sax player by the name of Skerik sitting in. This show was much more intense then when they played Rockville, Maryland back in the Fall.

Stanton Moore has got to be one of THE BEST funk drummers I have ever seen, and I have been a fan of New Orleans funk for close to 30 years. Zigaboo Modeliste, John Vidacovich, Russell Batiste, Kenneth Blevins - Stan can kick-it with the best of them. He just sits there with a big sh*t-eatin grin on his face, doesn't even look like he breaks a sweat.

The small club was packed. There was the usual DC delegation of Robert and Jeff's family and friends. But even better, there were other New Orleans music-hounds like myself there. I just hope more and more people are getting turned-on to Galactic! "
- George Gerhold, freelance writer

" I managed to see their show on Sunday at Mermaid Lounge. What a blast that was! First set went for over 2 hours! Near the end of the 1st set, Rich and Stanton, along with the guy on congas, really got into a great groove that would have had MMW fans drooling. Rich really sounded good that night. And Stanton is just insane on the drums. I like him more and more every time I see him play the skins. Man's an animal on the drums. "
- John, Austin TX (May 1997)

" You guys add a whole new the meaning to the word "funk." Saw you last night of Jazzfest w/Fishman - a night I'll never forget!! "
- Greg, NYC (May 1997)

" I just wanted to pass along thanks to the band for the great show they put on at the Sapphire. I'm still receiving calls about the show... people really dug it. "
- Randal Bridges, afternoon drive DJ, WUCF-FM, Orlando

" Galactic was dope. I pulled into Wilbert's at about 9 with three friends, and the band hit at about 9:30. Pretty soon, the place was almost packed. Stanton was just on fire, and their sets were tight and well-orchestrated. With the exception of the fact that Rich got a nosebleed at the beginning of the second set (and the crowd kept telling him to tilt his head back... which of course is the wrong thing to do), the show went off without a hitch. The crowd really loved them, and they seemed to sell a bunch of CDs, so i'd say all was good. "
- Professor Z-Love, Jazz/Funk Director, WOBC-FM Detroit

" I caught Galactic here in Austin last night. I tried to catch them about a month ago at Stubb's but was shutdown because I'm 19 and it's 21+.

Well, it was worth the wait.

Those guys played a smokin', smooth, groovin' set. It was a pleasure to watch them. I met a few people who came into Mercury (the venue) after hearing Galactic from the streets.

Just wanted to put in my two cents and say that when they come back to Austin next time, I'll be there--21+ or not. "
- Ben, underage funkster, Austin TX (March 14, 1997)

" I'm in Austin, Texas, and we get a lot of fine bands through here, but sometimes one stands out. For instance -- Galactic. These guys came through during SXSW and totally rocked the house. "
- Alicia, music junkie, Austin TX (March 22, 1997)

" They rocked my world! "
- Michael, Seattle WA (April 17, 1997)

" Ain't no fakin' the funk. Galactic stands alone in the realm of funk. "
- Jeff, Grapevine TX (March 21, 1997)

" that keyboardist needs his own bus, he's too cool. "
- Greg, Seattle WA (March 27, 1997)

" Without doubt, Bobby Mack is a super-cute hottie except for the fact that too many late night hours in smoky clubs has turned his blonde hair a little mousy. His hottie-factor would fly off the scale if he lightened it. Maybe a little Summer Soleil Natural Hair lightener, which I understand can be purchased at most major drug stores.... "
- anonymous fan (May 10, 1997)

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