Win Tickets ($60): Galactic “Into The Deep Tour 2016” @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk, Jazz Fusion, w/ Con Brio

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic “Into The Deep Tour 2016” @ Crystal Ballroom on February 27. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 26.


From our sponsors:
GalacticGalactic “Into The Deep Tour 2016”
February 27 , 2016
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $27 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

It’s been more than 20 years since Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel began exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Since then, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.

A key part of that creative spark comes from the teamwork of Mercurio and Ellman, whose ever-evolving production and arranging skills helped usher the band into a new phase of studio work beginning with the loop-centric “Ruckus” in 2007. A series of albums focused around specific concepts like Carnival followed, as did collaborations with guests hailing from worlds outside the one Galactic calls its own.

On “Into the Deep,” the band members look within themselves instead, drawing inspiration from people and ideas that have long been close to their hearts – and, in turn, close to the development of their unique sound. Shot through with soul, funk, blues and rock, the result is an organic riff on elements of Galactic’s past, filtered through the lens of where they’re headed in 2015.

“I see this album as a kind of culmination of all of our collaborations or experiences, from [trombonist] Corey Henry to the people we met on the road, touring,” says Mercurio, referencing Ellman’s first full-time gig in New Orleans, which kicked off when Henry hired him into the Little Rascals Brass Band in 1989.

“The previous albums took us in the opposite direction,” Mercurio says. “We collaborated with rappers that we had never dealt with and even on the New Orleans tracks, we didn’t have working experience with most of those artists before the recordings.”

In contrast, “Into the Deep” contributors like JJ Grey, David Shaw and Maggie Koerner spent significant time touring with Galactic. A few years ago, Mavis Staples sat in with the band, all of whom are longtime fans of the legendary singer’s R&B-meets-gospel soul style. They caught up with Macy Gray when she performed a memorable concert at Tipitina’s where Ellman says he could see from the outset “how much she cares about the music.” And each of the players had also developed a deep appreciation for the Honorable South’s Charm Taylor, whose contribution, “Right On” was written specifically to suit her vibe.

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77 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Galactic “Into The Deep Tour 2016” @ Crystal Ballroom | Funk, Jazz Fusion, w/ Con Brio

  1. melody February 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    If it wasn’t for Funk, I’d never have begun to dance! I would love to see Galactic live!!!! :D

    • LORIJANE February 25, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

      The chance to win tickets in the pipeline would truly be sound delight. Galactic are going to bring something special to the stage and I would love to be there enjoying the experience! PDX= musicians groove

  2. Brian Lewis February 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    NOLA takes Portland, OR. Galactic Funk is like no other. Bring it on and bring it strong! We missed Mardi Gras but have no desire to miss Galactic! Thanks for the opportunity to win these tickets!

  3. Kristi February 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    Love the funk in this band! Hope to get the funk out with them!

  4. William Longnecker February 9, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    I just looked into my Crystal Ball(room) and saw a GALACTIC surprise in my future!!!

  5. Derek February 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    I’m an evangel of Galactic from the corner to the block. One of NOLA’s finest, I’d love to win a couple tickets.

  6. Sharleen Mackenzie February 10, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Just planning my first trip to Portland and stumbled upon PDX. Apparently I will have to extend my trip or visit again REAL SOON because your site is the nirvana of info! Then I find this post about an amazing sounding band enabling me to experience the deep south in Portland (going to Screen Door too), my head just exploded!!!!

  7. Gerard February 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    bring me the funk!

  8. TJ February 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    Let’s do this.

  9. Laura February 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    Funk it up the beats of Galactic while working out at the gym is the best motivation.

  10. Mauraborealice February 11, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    New Orleans comes to Portland! I hope to be (t)here.

  11. Dee February 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    I had a first date at a Galactic show with my guy a couple years back. Would love to win these and take him on an anniversary date!

  12. Erin February 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    I haven’t seen Galactic since 2005! It’d be great to see them again.

  13. greg February 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm #


  14. Patrick Shamel February 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Who would win in a fight, Stanton Moore or God? Trick question, Stanton Moore IS God!

  15. Michelle February 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm #


  16. Anna February 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    My super buddy whose mother just passed away loves Galactic! I would love to win and take her!

  17. Shawn February 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    New experience for me, would be fun to see, yes please!

  18. Michael Mann February 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I have never seen Galactic live but would love to!

  19. Brooke February 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Been listening to Galactic since 2000! I’d love to introduce my boyfriend, who has never heard this amazing funk.

  20. Jenn February 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    My guy loooveeesss them, this would be a treat!

  21. LilyF February 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I need some funk in my life.

  22. brooke February 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    I WOULD love to see this band! I have never had the chance and would love you forever if I was granted tickets!

  23. T-Dah February 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    one of my all-time fav bands! we will have such a good time!

  24. Cory February 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    One of the best bands out there!!

  25. Sam v February 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    Seems like my kinda vibe

  26. Rina February 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Galactic is awesome!!

  27. Dave G. February 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Because I need a good show for those mushrooms…

  28. Paige Griffin February 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Vibe for me, vibe with me.

  29. Valerie Thompson February 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    This is my kind of music, would love to go!

  30. Valerie Thompson February 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

    would love to be in the house for this one!

  31. Stace February 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Oh yes! THIS will be a SHOW!

  32. Stephanie February 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Pick me! Let’s get funky!

  33. Rachel February 11, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    This sounds SO fun! Haven’t seen them since I lived closer to chicago and would loooove to see them again now that I’m in the great pnw!

  34. Lynn S February 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    I have never seen Galactic and it looks like a fun show!

  35. johanna lovell February 12, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    Oh yes, yes, please :-).

  36. Ed February 12, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    Galactic is AMAZING! Yes please!

  37. Molli Vandehey February 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    wow this looks like a great show! i would love to feel that beat

  38. Brad February 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    This sounds Funked up!

  39. panda February 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    funk it up

  40. AMP February 13, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Yes bring on da funk!

  41. Jessi February 14, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Yes please!

  42. Christie Quinn February 15, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Funk it up!!

  43. Bianca February 16, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    I haven’t seen these guys since 2002. My fella never had. reasons enough.

  44. Kathy L. Rankin February 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    I saw Galactic ONCE at the Waterfront Blues Festival. I love the horns! I would go just to see and hear the exceptional horn players! They are awesome and I highly recommend this band for just plain fun and debauchery! I won’t be wearing a hat because I wouldn’t want to block the view of anyone in the audience of this simply straight forward childlike fun, mayhem, and craziness! Please pick me because I wont block the view of anyone who wants to see this band, I PROMISE!

  45. Roxana February 17, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    I love their music but I haven’t had a chance to see them live yet. Would love to finally get to see them next week!!

  46. Melissa February 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    I haven’t shook my rumpus in so long. I need to shake it. I need to get on the dance floor and move my feet. I need this.

  47. lorea February 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    Really would lie to hear some good funky music!!! Would love to go!

  48. Diana February 18, 2016 at 5:30 am #

    I haven’t seen Galactic in yeaaars. I forgot how much I love them! What a treat it would be to see them in Portland.

  49. Nick February 18, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    Galactic is one of the funkiest bands around. I’d love the chance to see them in Portland!

  50. Melanie February 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    I’d love to go!

  51. Melanie February 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    Please pick me!

  52. Hannah February 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    sounds great to me!! would love to go :)

  53. molli vandehey February 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    this looks like the most amazing all ages show. great energy

  54. Brett N February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    Sounds like a great show to see

  55. Marty Anderson February 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm #


  56. Cory February 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    Galactic rocks!!!!!!

  57. Tina February 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    The Galactic Funk is tight and hot!! I might even get my husband to dance. Please!!!!

  58. roy n February 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    Galactic is a great band and they rock

  59. panda February 19, 2016 at 1:33 am #

    oh yeah go deep

  60. Mikey B February 19, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    I love music.

  61. Jeff February 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Love Galactic LONG TIME!! It would sure be great to WIN TIX from the FABULOUS PDX PIPELINE.


  62. Dan February 20, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    Best place to see a great band.

  63. Toccoa February 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    The 26th is my 26th birthday. I’ve always seen Dumpsta Funk and Galactic in New Orleans or at the Suwanee river in Florida. It would be awesome to get a little piece of home out here in the Pacific Northwest.

  64. Drew February 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    Would love to be galacticly cannibalized by the funk!

  65. Megan Lask February 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    I would love to get groovy at this show and get deep into jazz. Please pick me!

  66. lance conner February 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    Seen Galactic half a dozen times. I going to be in Portland form Oakland to help friends move. I saw Con Brio open for Morris Day and they took the show. It would just be and awesome show.

  67. Brittanie February 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    This wil be really cool at Crystal.

  68. Camille February 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    I saw Con Brio a couple times in Portland last year. They were amazing – I’m a shy type but found myself letting loose without worrying about looking like a goof. I’d love to see them with Galactic and dance without any inhibition.

  69. Heather February 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Yes please.

  70. Rob February 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm #


  71. fred February 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    i need a night out!!!

  72. Cory February 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    One of the best out there on the road!!

  73. Jodee Bray February 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    T’would be a fun night out!

  74. James February 26, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Stanton Moore! That is all.

  75. doug February 26, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    amazing band would be epic evening

  76. Dan Cronin March 6, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    GALACTIC!! It’s been so long since I’ve seen you live! Glad you’re on tour again and would love to be humbled by free tickets to see you. I want my gf to see you guys live!

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