Win Tickets ($64): SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic Winter Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | With Special Guests The Bright Light Social Hour, Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic Winter Tour @ Crystal Ballroom on February 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 6.


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Galactic Winter Tour with special guests The Bright Light Social HourSiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic Winter Tour
with special guests The Bright Light Social Hour

February 11, 2017
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $29.50 ADV, $32 Doors | 21+

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.”

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36 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic Winter Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | With Special Guests The Bright Light Social Hour, Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock

  1. Trevor January 31, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    I love how Galactic has progressed. What an all around excellent band! NOLA love from a Portland native, would love to see these guys rip it up again.

  2. Rae January 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Super funky-fun group- would LOVE to attend!

  3. Cara January 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Yes! Galactic!

  4. cory dunn January 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Bright light social hour is great!

  5. Philip Navarre January 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Killing in the name of

    • Krys February 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

      Have you seen them do this with Niki?

  6. Krys January 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Not making it to NOLA to walk in Julu this year, and would love to see Galactic play PDX.

  7. Jenn January 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Amazing lineup!

  8. dana January 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    yes please, love this band. I never seem to win from pdx pipeline, maybe this time !

  9. Venessa January 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    I haven’t been to the crystal ballroom and this would be a great opportunity

  10. Michelle Thomas January 31, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    YES!!!! This would be the contest from pdx pipeline I need to win!

  11. Riley January 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    My mom loves Stanton Moore, it’s her birthday today and I’d love to treat her to a show

  12. Marcie January 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    Love Galactic. What a treat to see live! My babe will love this – thanks !!

  13. Tim D January 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    Big Galactic and Stanton Moore fan, for a long time. Haven’t seen them live, so thanks for the opportunity! !

  14. Marcus January 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Galactic is great, but I’m really excited to finally see Bright Light Social Hour!

  15. Talbot January 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

    Love the galactic funk straight out of NOLA! Always a fun show and danceable at the crystal ballroom.

  16. Tessa Gourneau January 31, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Galactic is on my bucket list!!!!! Let’s make this happen!!!!!

  17. Denise January 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    Galactic is talented and inspires us to play music and dance!

  18. COLLIN FOSTER January 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Saw them at bluesfest a few years ago and they rocked. Would love another shot at funkdom!

  19. Morgan January 31, 2017 at 9:23 pm #


  20. John January 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Funk is fiiiirrreeee. Lets go. My lady and I will cut mean rugs to this stuff if you let us go!

  21. Emily Nieuwsma January 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    Ptown Funk here ready to get down to Stanton & all Galatic plays the grooves too!!

  22. Toby January 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    Time to jam!

  23. Cody February 1, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    Always good to have a bit of NOLA in PDX. Don’t want to miss it.

  24. Ed February 1, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Sirius has been promoting this and it sound GREAT!

  25. Tracer February 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    We would love to get down and funky.

  26. marla swade February 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Galactic… Winter help me,” beat the blues” in portland…

    we will be getting down” into the deep” with a funky soulful heart…
    that will take us “Higher and Higher” with “Today’s Blues”…

    “Does It Really Make A Difference”….it will to us…
    ,to be part of “Chicken In the Corn”…

    “.Right On” to ” Dolla Diva”…..
    .while we get all “Sugar Doosie” on the crystal ballroom dance floor…

    “.Long Live the Borgne” and “Buck 77” in 2017..
    playing the real game of “Domino” we will be the last to fall!

  27. Sarah February 4, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Been wanting to get back to the Crystal Ballroom – this could be it!

  28. panda February 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    love that bouncy floor!

  29. catie February 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    send me please!

  30. molli taylor February 5, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    love these guys, would love to attend. very innovative and ddifferent

  31. Zoe February 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    I would love to go to this!! :)

  32. Laurel February 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Yes please

  33. Greg February 7, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    I would love to make it out for this show!

  34. Greg February 7, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    I would love to make it out for this show!!!

  35. Greg February 7, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    Big money no whammy! Please

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