March 5, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Jazz Fest is a month or so away, Opening Day even closer, and Galactic lit up the El Rey Theatre on their regular March swing through the Southland. Flashing 20 years of musical intuition and their unique brand of NOLA funk, the set featured several guest vocalists, most prominently, the very talented Erica Falls (Galactic + Falls covering “Rock Steady” = meant for each other), as well as Jurassic 5er, Chali2na and, Nicki Crawford. As if the place couldn’t get any more jacked up, The Revivalists’ David Shaw (whose band was sharing the bill with uber-jamsters Umphrey’s McGee the following night) joined late in the set for Hey Na Na. Stanton Moore is the man, and his hard hitting brushes during a solo had to school every drummer in the house. Kung Fu proved to be an excellent foil, with the Connecticut based quintet delivering their own tightly wound new funk propelled by Robert Somerville’s tenor and Tim Palmieri on guitar. 

 

Ben Ellman hits a few notes

Ben Ellman hits a few notes

 

Stanton Moore is da man

Stanton Moore is da man

 

Corey Henry, Ben Ellman and Rich Vogel y'all

Corey Henry, Ben Ellman and Rich Vogel y’all

 

Pretty sure Chali2na hears you

Pretty sure Chali2na hears you

 

Robert Mercurio

Robert Mercurio

 

Erica Falls and Robert Mercurio

Erica Falls and Robert Mercurio

 

Ben Ellman takes it higher

Ben Ellman takes it higher

 

And Stanton Moore elevates

And Stanton Moore elevates

 

Galactic's Jeff Raines

Galactic’s Jeff Raines

 

Stanton Moore on the attack

Stanton Moore on the attack

 

Mercurio and Moore center stage

Mercurio and Moore center stage

 

Kung Fu yings before Galactic's yangs

Kung Fu yinged before Galactic yanged

 

Tim Palmieri , Strat in hand

Tim Palmieri, Strat in hand

 

Rob Somerville with Tim Palmieri looking on

Rob Somerville with Tim Palmieri looking on

 

Give the keys to Kung Fu to Todd Stoops

Give the keys to Kung Fu to Todd Stoops

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