Win Tickets ($34): Galactic Winter Tour 2018 @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Butcher Brown, Jazz Funk, New Orleans R&B

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic Winter Tour 2018 @ Crystal Ballroom on March 24. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 19.


From our sponsors:
Galactic Winter Tour 2018
March 24, 2018
7 p.m. Doors, Show 8 p.m. | $29.50-$50 | 21+
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.

$29.50 advance, $32 day of show, $32 advance Mezzanine, $34 day of show Mezzanine, $45 advance VIP, $50 day of show VIP

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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45 Responses to Win Tickets ($34): Galactic Winter Tour 2018 @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Butcher Brown, Jazz Funk, New Orleans R&B

  1. Peter March 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    This is in my birthday!! Would love to see them again!

  2. Dana March 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Funk me up!

  3. Kacy March 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Would love to see their live show and get down with these funkadelic superstars!!!

  4. Madeline n March 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Jazz and funk! Who can say no

  5. Deb B March 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    I love me some Galactic! Funk and jazzin’ grovin’ NOLA style!

  6. Amber March 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Because I’ve missed being able to see them for years—even during two visits to NOLA. Would love to finally get to see them.

  7. Cara March 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  8. Katelyn March 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    Love funk and jazz!

  9. Bob March 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    sounds like a swell time!

  10. Cormac Burke March 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Love the NOLA funk, thanks PDXPipeline!

  11. CHRIS March 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    I’ve listened to the band for years and have never been able to go and here they are again. I would like to go because I enjoy there music and I know i would have a shout out to PIPELINE for giving me tickets to see a great fun band.

  12. Cory March 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Galactic can jammit!!!!!!!!

  13. Josh March 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    Would love to see this band!

  14. Keena March 7, 2018 at 7:50 am #

    Sounds so great! Pick me!

  15. Ryan March 7, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Send me into space

  16. Eric March 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    GALACTIC! My favorite type of funk. Count me in!

  17. michael dalton March 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    I want to get my face funked!

  18. Philip Navarre March 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Bring that New Orleans dance groove to the party

  19. Cindy B March 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    My concert budget runners over, free tickets is the only way I’ll get to experience the funk.

  20. Kilee van Driel March 8, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    Always a great show! We would love a night out to see these guys!

  21. Dave G. March 8, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

    Send me into orbit with Galactic!

  22. Sonny March 8, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

    Yes please :)

  23. Marcie March 9, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    Love Galactic! ! We’d so love to go!!

  24. Nicholas March 9, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    Been a fan of Galactic’s forever, and hoping for the chance to catch them this time around!

  25. Geoffrey Reece March 9, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    lets do this

  26. Julie March 10, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    These guys are awesome!!!! Seeing Galactic would be a fantastic birthday surprise..

  27. Drew March 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Want the Funk , soul, rythem and blues, grab ur mate and throw on them dancing shoes!

  28. Nicole March 12, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    I love some funk! I would love to take my hard working husband out for a night to get down!

  29. Kathy Rankin March 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    so colorful, flavorful and fun! 3 words to describe anything affiliated with New Orleans!
    would like to take my colorful self full of wisdom and fun to this magic filled night!

  30. Christy March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Stanton Moore is the man! Love this band and can’t wait to get down and funky with them! Pick me, please!!!

  31. Shasha Andrews March 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    Last time I saw Galactic was in 2016, and it was at the Crystal Ballroom. It. Rocked. HARD!!!
    The only difference would be that I wouldn’t hafta pay for the tix, and it would indubitably ROCK MY SOCKS OFF EVEN HARDER!!!
    I am ready- let’s go!!!
    Thank you!!!!

  32. Joe P March 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    I need a taste of the Bayou, and I can’t do Jazz fest this year. Que sad trombone…

  33. Collin Foster March 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

    Inter Galactic conquest is upon us

  34. Thomas March 13, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Who Dat Gonna Beat Dem Saints! Who Dat!! Who Dat!!!

  35. BENJAMIN LARSEN March 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Oh ma gawd! Hook it up! :-D

  36. Ellie Long March 14, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    Funky time!!

  37. James March 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    Always a fun band to see live.

  38. Diane McLaughlin March 16, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    Would love to go

  39. Kaeli plaks March 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    Holy moly this would be cool!

  40. James March 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I need some Stanton Moore!

  41. Sydney March 19, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    funk fun yes

  42. Lisa March 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    Galactic! Funk me up!

  43. Lisa Ahern March 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Galactic! Funk me up!

  44. Bojeebees March 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    The desired effect is what you get when you improve your interplanetary funksmanship.

  45. Chance Hayden March 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Portland is fortunate to get an appearance from Galactic on a near-annual basis and they never disappoint. This time, a very big bonus will be the up-and-coming Butcher Brown making their PDX debut. “A hard-working band in an era where most groups are fleeting assemblages, Butcher Brown’s organic coherence emerges from long collaboration as a group of equals” (Glide Magazine).

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