Galactic is a funk and jazz group from New Orleans. Originally formed in 1994 as an
octet, the group has now been pared down to an instrumental pentet comprised of: Jeff Raines
(guitar), Robert Mercurio (bass), Stanton Moore (drums), Ben Ellman (saxophone) and Rich
Vogel (Hammond organist).
Over the years,Galactic's sound has evolved from organic New Orleans funk to a more modern style, incorperating elements of hip hop, electronica, fusion, and jazz. This change has been largely characterized by the increased use of electronic effects on guitar, bass, saxophone, and drums.
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Galactic was started when Raines and Mercurio, childhood friends from the Washington D.C. area, moved to New Orleans together to attend college at Tulane University, and became enamored of the local funk scene, populated by such legendary acts as The Meters and inspired by local legends such as Professor Longhair. There they teamed with noted New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, who eventually became the driving force behind Galactic. The band has developed a unique sound as a result of their influences, including: Rap, Hip-Hop, Go-Go, Electronic, World Music, Latin Music, Rock, Blues and Jazz.
The band is also noted for inviting guest musicians from New Orleans to perform onstage with them. These include: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers, Brian Seeger, George Porter of The Meters, and Skerik, to name a few. Galactic is constantly on tour, and have shared the stage with acts including Live, Counting Crows, The Allman Brothers Band, The Roots, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, Mike Doughty, and Jurassic 5.