Artist: Galactic
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana
Formed: 1994
Style: New Orleans funk / soul / groove jazz
Influences: The Meters, James Brown, Medeski Martin Wood
Lineup: Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Jeff Raines (guitar), Rich Vogel (B3 and other keyboards). Special guest collaborators Theryl deClouet (vocals), Ben Ellman (tenor, baritone, soprano sax, harmonica), Jason Mingledorff (tenor sax)
Current Release: Late For The Future; previous releases: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn/BMG/Volcano Records) and Coolin' Off (Capricorn/BMG/Volcano Records; originally released by Fog City Records)
Produced by: Dan Prothero
(San Francisco-based independent producer)
Distribution: Polygram
Press: "a sensuous, swampy, and plenty-tight source of pan-cultural acid jazz like only the Crescent City could supply" (Billboard Magazine - Spotlight Review)

"a deep-grooving brand of muscular, economic, syncopated soul-funk that hits the ear with almost bewildering impact. almost too good to be true." (LA Weekly - Pick Of The Week)

"already hometown stars in a city that eats funk for breakfast, this horn-augmented New Orleans quintet is the tightest and tastiest Louisiana groove band to emerge since the Meters. Less noodly but no less exploratory than Medeski Martin and Wood, Galactic is the fat, fulsome spawn of acid jazz, the East Coast jam-band scene, and New Orleans street music." (The Village Voice)

(three writeups in Billboard so far; also covered by Jazz Times, High Times, An Honest Tune, Offbeat, Time Out NY, On The One, Straight No Chaser, Pulse, Lounge Magazine, Tribe, Step Jazz, DropD, Yall, etc as well as newspapers everywhere - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Springfield Advocate, Orlando Weekly, and all points in between!)

Television: "an infectious mix of acid jazz and swamp soul that never fails to get our joints jumping. A massive horn section mixed with a solid rhythm crew make for some seriously danceable grooves. Nice design, some rehearsal video clips, and (above all) the music put this CD into heavy rotation at the Site." (The Site - MSNBC TV)

(also covered by MTV Asia, PBS TV; multiple songs used on MTV's Dennis Rodman Show)

Awards: Best Emerging Band in the Big Easy Entertainment Awards (April 1997)

Offbeat Magazine's annual poll of Louisiana press, clubs, and record stores have named Galactic "Best Up And Coming Funk Band" (1995 and 1996) and awarded the Coolin' Off album "Best Album by a Louisiana Artist - R & B / Soul / Funk" (1996). In 1997, Galactic was voted "Best Funk Band", ahead of the legendary Meters!

Airplay: College radio - U.S. and Canada (KAZI, KCRW, KMNA, KPFA, KUSF, KVRX, KZSU, WBAI, WCLK, WDET, WEVL, WMNR, WOBC, WREK, WRUV, WSOE, WTJU, WTUL, WUAL, WUCF, WXPN, WWOZ, WZBC, CIUT, CHUO, etc) and England, Germany, Australia, Portugal, etc.
Gigs: Regular headliner at major New Orleans venues (House Of Blues, Tipitina's, etc) and festivals (New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bumbershoot, High Sierra, etc). Drawing huge crowds in the southeast (600+ in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, Athens etc) and all over the US (last show in San Francisco sold out - 600+). Headlining nationally on nonstop tour since July 1996, reliably drawing in smaller clubs from Vancouver to San Diego to Orlando to Boston - and most points in between (thanks to concert recordings circulating among their national fan base). Check Pollstar for further statistics

Have also opened for The Meters (many times), Maceo Parker, Medeski Martin Wood, Widespread Panic (Halloween 1997), War, Larry Graham, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tower of Power, Greyboy Allstars, LL Cool J, etc. Charlie Hunter, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Les Claypool and Skerik have all jammed with Galactic. Bandmembers have also played with George Porter (The Meters), New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, etc.

Galactic has toured nationally with Charlie Hunter, Widespread Panic, the HORDE tour, and more recently with Ben Harper, Counting Crows and Live.

Booking: Mike Luba / Nadia Prescher
Madison House
2401 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
TEL (303) 544-9900 / FAX (303) 544-5879
email or
Management: Kurfirst/Blackwell Management
350 West End Avenue, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10024
Publicist: Galactic's publicity is now handled by Capricorn Records. Please read this for the details.
Upcoming plans: Galactic signed to Capricorn Records (now BMG/Volcano Records) in June 1998. Galactic drummer Stanton Moore's debut album (featuring Charlie Hunter and Skerik) was released by Fog City Records in May 1998.
More Info: Fog City Records
99 Carmelita Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
FAX 415.553.3921

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