Galactic returns in February

Galactic, one of the funkiest outfits in the known universe, has announced a return engagement in Missoula on Feb. 23. Here’s the full press release…

Date: November 24, 2009



Galactic’s new album will be released on February 9, 2010. Recorded in New Orleans, these long time residents have made an album that reflects the city as they see it – blending the town’s distinctive sounds in a way no band has done before.

With the release of their sixth album, From the Corner to the Block, the five-man group GALACTIC reaffirms their standing as one of the funkiest outfits in the known universe. Featuring a cherry-picked guest list of some of hip-hop’s most dynamic lyricists – including Juvenile, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Chali 2na (Jurrasic 5), Vursatyl (Lifesavas), and Boots Riley (The Coup), From the Corner to the Block exposes GALACTIC’s organic grooves to an urban ear while still maintaining their essential funk aesthetic.

The band started out over a decade ago as an instrumental act in the tradition of the Meters, the JB’s, and Booker T- bands equally comfortable recording their own material or working with vocalists. From the Corner to the Block grew out of GALACTIC’s experiences touring with artists like the Roots, Jurassic 5, Triple Threat DJ’s and Gift of Gab. Though it features cameos from a “wish list” of fan-favorite MCs, this isn’t a typical hip-hop album per se, but a contemporary funk record that just happens to feature hip-hop vocalists. “We never set out to make a rap record,” explains Ellman, who produced the record with assistance from engineer extraordinaire Count (Halou, Quannum, DJ Shadow). “We wanted to kinda modernize the New Orleans sound,” adds Mercurio.

The New Orleans legacy echoes throughout the album. The song sure to raise eyebrows though is the title track and first single, featuring the Soul Rebels Brass Band and platinum rapper Juvenile. “It sounds like it was all supposed to be there, this track was meant to happen” Mercurio says.

The rest of the album features a diverse array of funky arrangements, vocal deliveries, and musical expressions. Even with all the different vocalists, the songs maintain a sense of thematic consistency. The result isn’t just the grooviest, funkiest record of 2007, but perhaps the finest post-Katrina album to come out of New Orleans.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wilma Theatre

Missoula, MT

Doors – 7:00 pm Show – 8:00 pm

Tickets On Sale Friday, December 4 @ 10am

Tickets are available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX,

Online at or

Tickets: $25.00 General Admission

Produced By Knitting Factory Entertainment –

General Admission, All Ages, Full Bar w/ ID

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