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 Monday, March 18.


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+
More info:

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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119 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.

    • KRog February 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

      Sounds like a blast!!

  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!

    • Nick March 16, 2019 at 7:26 am #

      Still hoping! Love this group!

  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!

    • JC BANKS March 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      I have no idea what to expect but it sounds wonderful!!!

  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!!

  44. Nicole SmithRyan January 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    New Orleans jazz would make for an epic night!!

  45. Andrea Hodge January 25, 2019 at 12:20 am #

    Funky. Please consider me!

  46. Drew January 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

    Galactic would be super cool to check out live! I haven’t had the pleasure of this yet, and this would be the perfect opportunity for this to happen! Thnx!

  47. Nate January 26, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    This looks great!

  48. Andre keeling January 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

    What a way to start spring break than with Galatic, who make that floor move like no other! Would love a ticket to celebrate my 1/2 of nursing school being finished!

  49. Cindy Behrens January 28, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    I’ve missed the past couple of times they’ve played in Portland. Time to make it a priority. Free tix would help!

  50. Sonny January 28, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

    Need to dance on a springy dance floor to these guys

  51. Amber January 29, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    This would be an incredible time – I love the energy – Pick Me Please!

  52. Nana January 29, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Sounds fantastic, would love to go!

  53. Mac January 29, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    I love Nola and this would be so sweet! Can’t wait!

  54. Saul January 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

    LOVE GALACTIC! Want to salute the savers of tipitina’s

  55. Alex January 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

    Would love to see them again. Haven’t been in a long time, want to take my Dad. Woo!

  56. Renee January 31, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

    This would be fabulous!

  57. Kim February 1, 2019 at 8:48 am #

    New Orleans changed my life (and jazz tunes)!

  58. Kathy Rankin February 2, 2019 at 7:38 am #

    I saw them at the Waterfront Blues Festival and the after hours party at the Merriott. They are great, anyone who wins this ticket will not be disappointed. They are lively, fun, entertaining, interesting, great party music… talented. Pick us! We like to go out and see free shows too sometimes.

  59. Crystal February 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    My partner and I would LOVE to see Galactic! It’s been a frequent play on our Spotify for awhile now, and I’m obsessed! I want Into the Deep to be the first song we dance to at our wedding… and then we’ll really get down to Dolla Diva!

  60. Aaron February 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    Consistently pushing boundaries, drawing inspiration from people and ideas!

  61. Gabe February 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    I LOVE GALACTIC, and some good New Orleans Funk!
    And at the Crystal Ballroom – a legendary venue…
    Please pick me, I’d love to bring a good friend that’s been wanting to see Galactic for some time now!

  62. izzy lemier February 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

    that is all <3

  63. Mark Butterfield February 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    Galactic is so damn good. I’ve been digging them for many years, haven’t seen them live – YET! Help out a fan, get me to the Crystal!

  64. Shannon DuBois February 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    I’m taking my first trip to NOLA this month, and this show would be the perfect follow up!

  65. Heidi February 5, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    Galactic AND a jazz-funk ensemble- whaat?!

    I want these tickets because I think it’s my due time. Last year, my friend’s group opened for Digable Planets at Crystal Ballroom. I lived only a few blocks from the venue. I was ready to dance the night away, but at the last minute he said I shouldn’t come- later he told me it’s because he was worried about his image! He didn’t want people to think we were dating. It was a blow because we moved here to Portland together 5 years ago– I thought we were friends! And man, Digable Planets- like GALACTIC- have been my DIG for so long.

    I want to get to the Ballroom – after many OkCupid dates telling me what an amazing spot the venue is- the floor bounces- I want to check it out…. My friend can’t deny me attending this show! Galactic was on my first iPod shuffle.

  66. Gisela February 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

    I really want to go and celebrate my special bday with this group. I will have a blast with my partner. Please pick me for this show and thank you in advance. You guys rock!!

  67. Brad February 5, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    My three-legged neutered gender-neutral vegan rescue dog was run over by a bio-diesel moving truck moving the wrong way down a one-way on a Sunday. My deaf wife was knitting a bamboo Mobius strip cowl with her one-arm, when she poked her good eye out and induced her irregular heart beat. My solar-powered electric gas wind-powered backup kite scooter was stolen by a friend of some guy, who’s going with the brother’s cousin of the Unipiper’s wife’s ex-bosse’s sister-in-law.

  68. Molly February 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

    Because they are awesome!

  69. Lisa February 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    I can’t beat Brad’s comment so…I just hope I win! ha

  70. Jennifer Walker February 5, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

    Just moved here from Detroit and can’t wait to check out the PDX version of
    Jazz Fest!

  71. Cormac Burke February 7, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    NOLA’s best, and new owners of Tipatina’s too! Would love to get some tix, thanks PDX Pipeline!

  72. Gabii February 7, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    I’ve been following galactic since 2009 and I’m yet o see them play out here in the Pacific Northwest ! It’s one to get down and funky to celebrate as spring approaches !

  73. Francois Henry February 7, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

    Galactic at the Crystal in March is a sure sign that spring is upon us. No better way to shake off the moss than with some great sweaty Nawlin’s funk.

  74. Kathy Rankin February 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

    Awesome horn section! Funky, jazzy, fun! Gotta go and gotta pick me! Saw them at the blues festival and the Merriott after hours party. Someone knows their music when this band is booked! Thanks!

  75. Mara February 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    My partner loves them. Would love to be able to surprise him with a date night.

  76. Ron T. February 11, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

    I was privileged to live and work in the south, pre Katrina. Love the food and the music. Please pick me.

  77. Julie Reid February 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    This would be the bestest birthday present for moi!!

  78. Jenny February 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

    I really need to dance my booty off, for real! Thanks for the fun chance!

  79. Dana February 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

    I am cold, wet and tired and could use a strong dose of the funk!

  80. Tina February 13, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    Love galactic!

  81. Victoria d February 13, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    This would be a fantastic show! I would bring lots of energy to dance and have fun!!

  82. Carol Allen February 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks for thinking of me, this is totally my jam, came back here from New Orleans we were stationed there in the Coats Guard. Go Coast Guard!

  83. Erin B February 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

    My most favorite. Pick me!

  84. Aaron February 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    The Big Easy funkadelic? Yep yep.

  85. Glenn B. February 15, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    You had me at “Jazz Funk Ensemble!!!”

  86. Breanna Wilson February 16, 2019 at 7:03 am #

    Because they are just amazing!!!

  87. KC February 19, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    OMG yes please!!

  88. robert neland February 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    Anything that has the trifecta of Galactic, Jazz, AND Funk? bring it on!!

  89. Leigh February 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    Love this group! My partner and I would have a great time dancing away.

  90. Allison February 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    I would love to experience this group live and dance alongside other music lovers!

  91. Laura February 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    The Crystal Ballroom dance floor makes me bounce even higher when Galactic is playing there. They are playing there four days before my birthday.

  92. Bri Lindley February 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

    What an amazing show; I’d love to experience this.

  93. James Tiefenthaler February 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    Super stuff!

  94. Michael Dalton February 22, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    I wanna get funked hard!

  95. John February 26, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    They sound dope. Would love to check them out! Thanks!

  96. Dannette Cara February 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Love this band!! Would love this experience!

  97. Andrey February 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

    gotta win this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. Ziggy February 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    “Feel the motion, spread the vision” (If I win I’ll take the guy who said that!) Love Galactic!

  99. Ben T. February 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

    Ooooooh boy – I would boogie down so hard if I won ✨

  100. Diana February 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm #

    Haven’t seen Galactic in years. I’d love to go!

  101. CHRIS MILLER March 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    This would be a great show

  102. Steve Colburn March 6, 2019 at 3:54 am #

    Who got da Funk?
    Share the wealth this way please.

  103. Ashley March 6, 2019 at 4:07 am #

    Love their sound and would really love to see them live :)

  104. Britt March 6, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    Ready to get funkkkkY! Galactic is always a good time, haven’t been able to afford the last two years and have been watching from ringlers :( Turn my luck around and lets get groooooovy :)

  105. Sharon March 6, 2019 at 11:48 am #

    I’d love to get down with my best girlfriend at this show! What a great birthday gift!

  106. Steve March 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    Galactic! Whoo hoo.. Time to get down! Pick me for tickets!

  107. Sandy M March 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    Just visited New Orleans, and would love to see these guys play in PDX!

  108. Nicole SmithRyan March 8, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    New Orleans funk band… yes please!

  109. sean March 8, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

    Most likely will be the best show this spring. Out of this world.

  110. Kris harris March 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    Looking forward to gettin down with some Funky Jams!!!

  111. Steve Colburn March 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    I need to funk out the rain & clouds. Galactic will do it to me!

  112. Mikey B March 14, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

    I love to groove. Send me!

  113. Lori Cowan March 14, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    My musician husband and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, and would love this opportunity for a memorable night out!

  114. Lori Cowan March 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    My musician husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on valentine’s day, and would love this opportunity for a memorable night out!

  115. Joshua Jensen March 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    Huge fan of Galactic! My friends and I always jam out on roadtrips. Could think of a buddy or ten that would love to see this show!

  116. Jamie Adney March 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    LOVE Galactic! This show would be a blast.

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