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Monday, Feb. 8, 2010


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New Orleans has always been America’s most unique city, nurturing great music from the days of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong through the present. Galactic, a contemporary Crescent City band, has second-line marching band rhythms and staccato horns in its bones. And like the city itself, Katrina or no, Galactic’s music never stands still. The funk is powerful and harnessed to hip-hop DJs on some tracks and deep, bluesy soul grooves on others. The band is flexible enough to incorporate many and diverse guest stars, from New Orleans veterans like Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint to newcomers such as Big Freedia and Cheeky Blakk.