Win Tickets ($64): Galactic Featuring Erica Falls Already Ready Already Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | New Orleans-based Jazz-funk Ensemble

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic Featuring Erica Falls Already Ready Already Tour @ Crystal Ballroom on March 23 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 22 .


From our sponsors:
Galactic ft. Erica Falls
Already Ready Already Tour

March 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. | $29.50 advance, $32 day of show, $34.50 advance mezzanine and $37 day of show mezzanine | 21+
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon 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.

“Quint Davis [the producer of] Jazz Fest always has a couple people he books at the festival that aren’t big names but that Quint knows are going to be super cool,” says Ellman. “That’s how we met Brushy One-String. We originally wanted to bring him in to do anything, just to see what would happen. But when we heard his song ‘Chicken in the Corn,’ we really wanted to do our version of it.”

In the end, he joined them on the road for over a month, collaborating with the band onstage at each show.

For the instrumental tracks, Galactic mined the interests and tastes they’ve cultivated together for years in New Orleans. “Buck 77” was written via improvisation, a long-standing cornerstone of their live shows. The funky bass line and tumbling guitar part on “Long Live the Borgne,” meanwhile, represents an updated, more composed take on some of the concepts that made early albums like “Coolin’ Off” so strong.

As for the opener “Soogar Doosie,” Ellman points out Galactic tends to record at least one track on each album that speaks to the band’s collective love of brass band music.

“We write [those songs] with the idea of how awesome it would be to hear the Rebirth going down doing the street in a second line playing one of our songs. We try to think of a real second line song that would get people slapping stop signs and dancing on cars,” he says.

The album, Ellman says “is all about people. It’s these connections we’ve made over 20 years. They’re people in our orbit that have come into our little world and affected us in some way.”

It’s also about how the individual musicians within Galactic have grown over time. When it comes to trying new approaches as players, producers, songwriters and arrangers, Ellman muses, “it’s an evolution.”

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43 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): Galactic Featuring Erica Falls Already Ready Already Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | New Orleans-based Jazz-funk Ensemble

  1. Joseph January 9, 2019 at 6:04 am #

    I am ready to report for many dishes of soulful sounds. Tickets would brighten sunshine, erase clouds, and deepen my might groove.

  2. Cara January 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

    Let’s dance!

  3. Cayla January 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

    Would love to take my partner for an incredible date night. We both love jazz and funk, not too familiar with both combined and would appreciate hearing it live!

  4. CHRIS MILLER January 10, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    I’ve always wanted to see this group play live. I really enjoy their music

  5. Peter January 10, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

    This is my bday wknd and a round number bday too. Would love to win!

  6. Cottie Huber January 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

    PDX’s got love for NOLA

  7. James January 10, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Stanton Moore is a great drummer and really drives the band. Always a great show. Thanks.

  8. Shasha Andrews January 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    Y’all got some wonderful shows up for grabs this time around! This one right here has me ready to stomp! Yes!! I saw Galactic a few years back at the Crystal Ballroom! Shit was DOPE!!!!
    I would LOVE to go again at a time when the city is starting to get a little warmer! I love me some Galactic!

  9. Mac January 10, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

    This sounds so fun! I would love to take my bf!

  10. Cory January 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

    I want it

  11. Nick January 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

    My wife and I saw Galactic for the first time in 2007 at a late night show at Bonnaroo. It was a 5 hour dream come true. We were just dating at the time and now have a little one at home so we don’t get out as often, but we’d love to see them again and have a great time dancing to their jam sesh!

  12. Ashley B. January 13, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    This just sounds like such a fun date night for my partner and I! We appreciate our musical time together, especially since we both play instruments.

  13. James Tiefenthaler January 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    Live Galactic is the best!

  14. Katie January 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    Love them but have never seen them live! Can’t afford a ticket and would be so grateful to get picked

  15. Kacy January 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

    Ooh Yeah!! Would love to get my swirve on at this show!

  16. Lisa Waters January 15, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    One of the first dates I had with my husband was a Galactic Show. I’d love to go!

  17. Keith January 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    I would love to go! Galactic has always been a great live show

  18. cassi January 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    I could never afford to go to this biut would asbsolutely LOVE to see them live!!!!

  19. Gemini G January 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    We would love to jam this concert it sounds like the place to be!

  20. Robert January 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    sounds like a swell time

  21. Sarah Folsom January 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

    This sounds like a great the Crystal always have a good time there.

  22. gregb January 16, 2019 at 12:50 am #

    ReADY to boUNCe !!!

  23. KJ January 16, 2019 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds like it’s going to be a great show. I’d love to attend!

  24. lynnae January 16, 2019 at 10:52 am #

    I’m ready to jam out to some funky music

  25. mark bauser January 16, 2019 at 10:56 am #


  26. Roy Nifoussi January 16, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    Love these guys. Always doing something new and different. Would love to see/hear them live.

  27. Sarah Buscho January 16, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

    I have never had the opportunity to see them live, but would be thrilled to expose my boyfriend to their music and boogie the night away!!

  28. Meghan Fitzgerald January 16, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    This is an amazing jazz group and would be incredible to see!

  29. TJ January 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Pick me, I’m a weeeeener.

  30. Dave G. January 17, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

    Winning these tickets to Galactic, would put me in outtaspace!

  31. Paula January 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    I wanna put on a dress and go dancing!!
    Love a large band.
    So fun!! This looks like a great night out on the town.❤️

  32. ryan January 18, 2019 at 8:38 am #

    Saw them at Edgefield, such a fantastic show! Ready to dance some more on the floating floor!

  33. coleman January 18, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    Me Me ME!

  34. Cory January 20, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    You got it I want it

  35. Bond January 22, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    Wanna do me a show fren

  36. Betsy January 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

    Because, FUNK!!!

  37. Patti January 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

    my boyfriends fave… would love to surprise him

  38. Dana January 22, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    Because I need to shake my bones!

  39. Jim Mc January 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

    Perfect outing to celebrate our anniversary!

  40. Tom Havey January 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

    The sponge in my head needs to be wrung out and funkified to galactic proportions

  41. Kristin January 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

    This sounds terrific!

  42. Mrs KV January 23, 2019 at 7:40 am #

    Would love to surprise my sweetheart with tickets to see Galactic!

  43. Katie January 23, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    I’ve never seen them live and would loooooooove to!!

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