Friday June 21
Burton Cummings Theatre
Galactic’s omnivorous musical interests make easy classification utterly impossible. “I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do,” explains band member Benn Ellman. “I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.”
Formed in New Orleans in 1994, the iconic American jam band has released 13 studio albums and toured around the world. 2019 marks Galactic’s first new studio album in more than three years, ALREADY READY ALREADY, released on their own Tchuop-Zilla Records. The album sees the renowned instrumental outfit taking a distinctly contemporary approach towards their own progressive sound, interpolating modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation within the house-shaking framework of the Crescent City’s funk pop ’n’ roll. Produced by the band’s Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, the new LP finds Galactic once again enlisting a diverse array of vocal collaborators to assist in their musical exploration, each of whom lends lyrical flavour and individualistic personality to the band’s multi-faceted sonic grooves, bookended by a high-powered pair of trademark Galactic instrumentals that give the album its title. The album is a short, sharp blast of undeniable creative muscle.
Seen live, Galactic’s performance energy is as all-encompassing and universal as the band’s moniker.