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New Orleans funk sensation Galactic brings the sound of Brazil to the Big Easy. We’ll listen.

The band Galactic on stage. (galacticflickr/Flickr)

The band Galactic on stage. (galacticflickr/Flickr)

New Orleans’ famed funk band Galactic mixes it up with everybody in the Big Easy.  Their big beat and must-move sound has flowed around Alain Toussaint and Irma Thomas, Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, the Nevilles.

This time out Galactic is flowing around and through a whole country’s sound.  The sound of Brazil and carnivale.  Fused with New Orleans and Mardi Gras.  It’s a big party.

This hour, On Point:  to New Orleans and Brazil with Galactic.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Robert Mercurio, Galactic bassist and co-producer of the group’s new album: Carnivale Electricos. You can find a list of tour dates here.

Stanton Moore, drummer for Galactic.

Highlights

Check out drummer Stanton Moore talk about how Brazilian rhythms are like an egg rolling across a table and a flat tire. Zack Ak-Kak Ka-Kak!

From Tom’s Reading List

NPR “Get ready to dance, because it’s Mardi Gras — a day to cut loose before Lent begins. In New Orleans, that means a day of parades, costumes and music everywhere you turn.”

Los Angeles Times “It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s Carnaval in Rio. Beads are being thrown, tails are being shaken. Parades are rolling through the streets in blowouts bidding “farewell to the flesh” before Ash Wednesday brings on Lenten austerity. And there’s much flesh being celebrated.”

Times-Picayune “On its 2010 album “Ya-Ka-May,” Galactic treated contributions from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and other local legends as raw ingredients for sonic alchemy. Galactic’s new “Carnivale Electricos,” to be released Fat Tuesday by Anti-Records, is of a piece with “Ya-Ka-May” and its hip-hop-themed predecessor, “From the Corner to the Block.” Grooves are goosed with studio wizardry, vocals are chopped and distorted, beats are looped.”

Video: Hey Na Na

This song comes from the new album Carnivale Electricos.

Video: Heart of Steel

This track from the album Ya-Ka-May features singer Irma Thomas.

Tour Dates

Mar 11
Generations Hall (2nd Annual Fete De La Musique)
New Orleans, LA

Mar 14
The Pageant w/Orgone
St Louis, MO

Mar 15
Liberty Hall w/Orgone
Lawrence, KS

Mar 16
Paddy Gras at The Ogden Theatre w/ALO & DJ Logic (Night 1)
Denver, CO

Mar 17
Paddy Gras at The Ogden Theatre w/The Aggrolites & DJ Logic (Night 2)
Denver, CO

Mar 18
Belly Up (Aspen)
Aspen, CO

Mar 20
Knotty Pine
Victor, ID

Mar 21
Wilma Theatre w/Orgone
Missoula, MT

Mar 22
Domino Room w/Orgone
Bend, OR

Mar 23
Showbox SoDo w/Orgone
Seattle, WA

Mar 24
Crystal Ballroom w/Orgone
Portland, OR

Mar 25
The Crystal Bay Club
Crystal Bay, NV

Mar 27
Moe’s Alley w/The Soul Rebels
Santa Cruz, CA

Mar 28
Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach
Solana Beach, CA

Mar 29
El Rey Theatre w/The Soul Rebels
Los Angeles, CA

Mar 30
The Fillmore w/The Soul Rebels
San Francisco, CA

Mar 31
The Fillmore w/The Soul Rebels
San Francisco, CA

Apr 01
Hard Rock Cafe
Las Vegas, NV

Apr 13
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Phoenix, AZ

Apr 17
Track 29 w/Moon Taxi
Chattanooga, TN

Apr 18
Cannery Ballroom w/Moon Taxi
Nashville, TN

Apr 19
Variety Playhouse w/Moon Taxi
Atlanta, GA

Apr 20
Minglewood Hall w/Lightnin’ Malcolm
Memphis, TN

Apr 21
Tulane Crawfest
New Orleans, LA

Apr 22
Houston International Festival
Houston, TX

Apr 27
Tipitina’s Uptown
New Orleans, LA

May 04
Sugar Mill w/Blackstar & Hot 8 Brass Band
New Orleans, LA

May 05
Tipitina’s Uptown
New Orleans, LA

May 06
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA

May 19
Dominion Riverrock Festival
Richmond, VA

May 30
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

May 31
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Jun 01
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Jun 02
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Jun 03
Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest
Augusta, NJ

Jul 14
Forecastle Festival
Louisville, KY

Jul 20
All Good Music Festival
Thornville, OH

Jul 26
Floyd Fest

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  • Tina

    The older and more knowledgable I become, the more I realize that my favorite popular songs, even those from my parents’ time before mine, had New Orleans roots!  And then, I’ve loved Brazilian music since I was a little kid, too! 

    Can’t wait for this show!  Thanks!

  • BEEZ

    This music is so wonderful to hear live! I wish I saw them when they were town with Steel Pulse.
    I think I’ll go see them in BK in June.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmarsden James Marsden

    What i just heard was awesome.

  • Kate

    Just saw Galactic at the House of Blues in Boston.  They ROCKED the house – amazingly talented band and engaged everyone with their sound.  One of the best shows I’ve seen!  Love hearing more about them on NPR :)

  • TFRX

    Wonderful stuff. Never knew who they are before this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347766031 Sabrina Dupree

    Galactic always delivers – they just ooze talent/passion/creativity, not to mention that unmatched laid-back, positive, funky, inclusive New Orleans attitude. Looking forward to hearing the new record and dancing/sweating at another great Jazz Fest – 2012! Love you guys!

  • NOLA Girl transplanted North

    Thanks for this show.  Galactic is one of the most interesting and exciting bands out there right now.  Bands like Galactic and Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty) allow New Orleans music to stay a living, changing art form.  It’s just terrific. 

  • Evelyn in Somerville

    Love Galactic and Brazilian music–this marriage was made in heaven! Can you tell us how it was working with the great Carlinhos Brown?

  • Steve77samw

    I often like music which is a hybrid of genres but on first listen I find this style kind of a contrived hodgepodge.   I do appreciate their enthusiasm and energy and enjoyed much of the interview (especially when the drummer was explaining the different rhythms/styles).  Perhaps I’ll connect with the music more after listening to Galactic more.

  • Bruce

    I liked the juxtaposition with the first hour inspired by Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous riff against women. 

    The sultry, erotic rhythms created by these and other New Orleans artists, provided a sharp contrast with the uptight, sweater-vested inhibition displayed in the first hour by those on the extreme Right, who apparently feel threatened by the diversity and joy of living in a free and open society.

    Having spent much of my adult life in the Crescent City, and playing music there as a sideline, I really enjoyed today’s broadcast.  Thanks for bringing me back to the pulse of a City whose jazz heritage is a national treasure.

    By the way, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is coming up.  It’s held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May.

    If you’ve never gone to one, you’ve missed one of the best experiences the City has to offer.   

  • Robin Burke

    Only 10 comments! Guess it proves “Music speaks for itself” & that negative news is what stirs people to talk a load of carp on various boards.
    What a show & what a band, I’m a new convert & will spread the word here in Berlin, German. Go NPR Berlin!!! :-)

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