Win Tickets ($50): Galactic @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | New Orleans Mardi Gras Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Galactic at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, March 24, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 23.

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From our sponsors at Crystal Ballroom:
Galactic @ McMenamins Crystal BallroomGalactic w/ Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band), Orgone
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8 p.m. doors | 9 p.m. show
All Ages Welcome
Tickets are $25
Purchase Tickets at

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside Street
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It’s incredible that GALACTIC has never made a carnival album yet, but now it’s here.

To make CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS, the members of GALACTIC (Ben Ellman, harps and horns; Robert Mercurio, bass; Stanton Moore, drums and percussion; Jeff Raines, guitar; Rich Vogel, keyboards) draw on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day.

GALACTIC was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans, and they cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras, when the town shuts down entirely to celebrate. CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS is beyond a party record. It’s a carnival record that evokes the electric atmosphere of a whole city – make that, whole cities – vibrating together all on the same day, from New Orleans all down the hemisphere to the mighty megacarnivals of Brazil.

Armed with a slew of carnival-ready guests-including Cyril and Ivan Neville, Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Moyseis Marques, Casa Samba, the KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (who remakes his all-time hit)-GALACTIC whisks the listener around the neighborhoods to feel the Mardi Gras moment in all its variety of flavors.

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43 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Galactic @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | New Orleans Mardi Gras Music

  1. Hannah March 21, 2012 at 10:08 am #


  2. Jon March 21, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    That would be so cool to go see Galactic. I first heard of them back in College in early 2000’s. Pick me please!

  3. KoriEugene Kuhn March 21, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    love me some New Orleans Funk. it’s been a spell, would love to shake off these winter blues, and step into Spring with some body movin, booty shakin, Galactic grooves. and at the Crystal no less….get yer Bounce On!

  4. Sarah March 21, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    That looks like a blast. My day would be made if I won tickets!

  5. Rod Vetter March 21, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Galactic rocks. So does the Crystal Ballroom. So does McMenamins.

  6. David Moss March 21, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I love NOLA, Carnival, and Galactic!!

  7. Jon March 21, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve seen Galactic a lot, not sure I’ve ever seen them indoors though. The Crystal would be a great place to break that streak, hope I get a chance to check it out. (New songs on Soundcloud, by the way. What I’ve heard is great.)

  8. Monty March 21, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    This is my boyfriends favorite band!! He recently lost his job and we can’t afford to go. I’d love to surprise him and cheer him up with a night of dancing and shaking it all off to some new Orleans funk. :)

  9. Angelique March 21, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    My friends in NOLA always rave about this band, I’d like to check them out and promise to shake what my momma gave me.

  10. Liza March 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    oh please oh please let me win!!!!! i just moved here from the south and i really need some home town music. i love Galactic!!! please!!!!

  11. Eric B March 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I have been a fan of Galactic since coolin’ off. Saw them with Houseman many times. Would love to see them here in Portland.

  12. Dana Garbely March 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I have only seen Galactic once in the past–my brother took me–and I fell in love immediatly. My boyfriend has no idea who they are but would totally be into them if he just gave them a try…I would like to take him. (He would never agree to pay the money but he would LOVE them).

  13. Bret March 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I wanna SHAKE itttttttttttt! Please please I would love to go. I have a hot young thang in my mind to bring along too–I need some leverage to get her to come with me :)

  14. Adam March 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    My buddy will be in town and he is going through a divorce. Need to find him a rebound. Will the girls be pretty drunk?

  15. Jessica March 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm #


  16. patti March 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    can never go wrong with live music

  17. Bridget March 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I’d like to go :)

  18. Harry March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I love the eclectic sounds of Galactic and would definitely go to the show if I had a pair of tickets in hand!

  19. Vanessa March 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    It’s been AGES since I’ve seen these guys and I’m broke

  20. Christy Cooley March 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I would love to take my hubby to see Galactic!!! He has never seen them before!

  21. Dave Knospe March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Crystal is my favorite Portland venue.. plus this would be a heck of a show to see there!

  22. Tania Porter March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    My best friend is coming up from Albany on Saturday, and we just recently marathoned Treme! How fun would it be to see these guys in action!!

  23. Andrea March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I’d love to win a chance to boogie to these guys!

  24. Maggie Brees March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Who DOESN’T love Mardi Gras music? And I haven’t seen a live band in way too long!

  25. Jacob March 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I love it when Galactic brings some of that NOLA flavor to the Rose City. Yeah Bud!

  26. Cameron Pierce March 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I got electrocuted once. I would like to experience that sensation again, this time without the agony, if possible.

  27. Trevor March 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Galactic Rocks! I’d love to take my gal.

  28. Danny Peralta March 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Have always loved these guys and their new album is amazing!!!

  29. roy March 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Great musician and great guys. Would love to see them again.

  30. Brian G March 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I grew up in Slidell, Louisiana and would LOVE to see Galactic FOR THE FIRST TIME!

  31. Terry March 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Assuage my Treme jones!

  32. Dnae March 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    So much Magnolia love over here!

  33. Morgan March 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    The only thing more awesome than Mardi Gras is Portland. Bringing the two together sounds like it might be the end of the world. The only thing better than knowing its happening would probably be seeing it happen.

  34. Nikkol March 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I used to see Galatic on the east coast and would love to see how they’ve progressed over the years :)

  35. Cory Shird March 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Boogie woogie all night long

  36. Terri March 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Such a dream – I wanna jump, laugh and dig those Jazzy Jams – send me and my girl to Mardi Gras!

  37. Michael dalton March 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I wants to get funked up!

  38. Drew March 23, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    I’d love to go check out Galactic!

  39. Rebecca Howe March 23, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    If I can’t go to New Orleans then bring New Orleans to me!

  40. RC NOLA March 23, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Cash money in the PDX this show is gonna be awesome galactic with the grit of D Dirty NO

  41. Chris R March 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Love galactic, love the crystal, what more could one want?

  42. jules March 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    fun, fun and fun.

  43. Leonard March 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Love NOLA music

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