What to Do Tonight: Galactic



The city of New Orleans hosts a wide range of musical sounds, and it has laid its distinctive, indelible mark on each and every genre that resides there. Be it R&B, funk or the jazz that was born there, they each come in an undeniably Crescent City edition. Once heard, it’s tough to mistake the Meters’ sound for Memphis or Motown. Ditto for the brass bands still thriving there and for hip-hop artists of the “bounce” school. Within this scene, the five-piece Galactic have fashioned a special identity. A funk outfit at the core, the sax/guitar/keyboard and rhythm lineup interfaces with N’awlins neighbors of different styles and of multiple generations. They’ve done studio time with R&B masters, up-and-coming rappers and Mardi Gras chieftains. The results are a seductive swirl of tradition and future — an edgier, post-Katrina kind of funk still dosed with old-school New Orleans infectiousness. On their new album, Ya-Ka-May, they collaborate with legendary composer and producer Allen Toussaint, R&B queen Irma Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band, and rappers Sissy Nobby and Katey Red. Trombonist Corey Henry and Neville Brothers/Meters percussionist and singer Cyril Neville join them on their tour, which touches down at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583, houseofblues.com) at 8 tonight. Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show. — Duane Verh

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