Win Tickets ($80): Galactic & Too Many Zooz @ Crystal Ballroom | Jazz-Funk, Jam Band

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic & Too Many Zooz @ Crystal Ballroom on February 11. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 7.


From our sponsors:
Too Many Zooz
February 11, 2022
6:30PM Doors, 8PM Show
GA: $35 ADV, $40 Doors,
21+ reserved balcony: $40 ADV $45 Doors
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

History doesn’t stand still. It impacts, influences, and inspires the ebb and flow of the future by informing the present. Galactic draw on 25 years together in order to progress with each performance and subsequent record. After 10 albums, over 2,000 gigs, and tens of millions of streams, the proud New Orleans, LA quintet-Ben Ellman [saxophone, harmonica], Robert Mercurio [bass], Stanton Moore [drums, percussion], Jeffrey Raines [guitar], and Richard Vogal [keyboards]-have kept the torch burning through five U.S. presidential regimes, the turn-of-the-century, Hurricane Katrina, a Global Pandemic, and a much-anticipated recovery. They’re the rare collective who can support Juvenile on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, contribute music to a blockbuster soundtrack such as Now You See Me, and light up the stages of Coachella, Bonnaroo, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (a staggering 22 times).

Joined by vocal powerhouse Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, they continue to forge ahead with a 2021 headline tour and more new music.

“There is a history to the band, yet we continue to release and perform new material,” says Stanton. “I’m truly excited for our fans and audience to hear this next record we’ve been working on. I think it’s some of our best work yet.”

They laid the groundwork for this future upon coming together in 1994. Two years later, the guys dropped their full-length debut, Coolin’ Off, and hopped in a Ford Econoline van (with trailer in tow) for their very first official tour. Along the way, they released seminal albums such as 2007’s From the Corner to the Block, boasting collabs with the likes of Chali 2na, Juvenile, Trombone Shorty, DJ Z-Trip, and Boots Riley. During 2015, Into The Deep marked their first debut in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200 and second straight #1 bow on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. Not to mention, it boasted the title track “Into The Deep” [feat. Macy Gray], racking up nearly 20 million streams and counting. Along the way, they performed alongside the likes of Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Jack Johnson, Talib Kweli, the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, Counting Crows, James Brown, and many more. They’ve also recorded and performed with the likes of Allen Toussaint [“Bacchus”] and Big Freedia “Double It”]. Most recently, 2019’s Already Ready Already garnered acclaim from New York Times, NPR Weekend Edition, Exclaim!, and many more, while they’ve appeared on the covers of Downbeat and Relix Magazine.

Around the same time, they welcomed Jelly to the fold after joining forces on stage for a handful of unforgettable performances.

“I was super nervous at first, because I had some pretty big shoes to fill-but like those other singers I had to bring myself and I think I’ve fit in pretty well,” Jelly smiles.

“Jelly came to Fuji Rock in Japan with us to sing background with Macy Gray,” recalls Stanton. “We needed someone to sing one of our Galactic originals, and she stepped up. Since there was no time for rehearsal or soundcheck, she showed up prepared, knew the tune completely, and rocked it. When it came time to find someone new to sing with us, she was our first choice. She has such effortless stage presence and a very comfortable rapport with audiences. She also brings an element of unbridled fun!”
That fun came across loud and clear on the 2020 single “Float.” Uplifted by Jelly’s powerhouse pipes, it hinted at the potential of their collective chemistry.

“I love listening to Galactic’s older records, because they were very funk driven,” Jelly goes on. “Now, it seems like they’re incorporating more pop, rock, and soul to create a newer sound.”

As they continue writing, recording, and performing, Galactic always keep New Orleans close to their hearts at all times. In 2018, the band purchased and took over one of the city’s most hallowed venues-Tipitina’s Nightclub. Their history with the venue even predated the band as Ben’s first job was as a cook in the old kitchen, while they’ve graced its stage more than 100 times over the years.

In the end, Galactic keep moving forward as they add more chapters to their incredible history.

“We’ve just achieved 25 years as a band of brothers, so we know how to work with each other and move ourselves through the next 25 years,” Robert leaves off. “We’re always trying to push ourselves with our songwriting and studio collaborations. I look forward to where the future will take us.”




  1. Becky Dorff on November 23, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I love Galactic! I have seen them perform several times before and have an amazing time at every show. I have been more selective about attending shows since Covid but this is one that I would go to. Thanks for promoting them!

  2. Carol Trekas on November 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Jam band unite. Yes yes.

  3. Natasha Morlock on November 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Pick me

    • JR Leitch on December 7, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Galactic always puts on a great show.

  4. CHRIS A MILLER on November 23, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I would love to see them, live 🙂

  5. Kate Hammond on November 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Ready for a night out and some great tunes

  6. Dave G. on November 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve seen & like Galactic but keep missing Too Many Zoos when they’re in town, so this would be awesome to see!

  7. Cory on November 24, 2021 at 6:46 am

    2 zooz, I won’t snooze

  8. Kayleigh on November 24, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    jazz-funk. yes-please.

  9. Cara on November 24, 2021 at 3:24 pm


  10. Jonas trekas on November 24, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Too many zoo’s yes yes.

  11. RK on November 25, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Love Galactic & would love to take a friend. She volunteered during Katrina and has a great affinity for New Orleans and the music scene there.

  12. Roy Nifoussi on November 26, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Galactic is fantastic. A pleasure to listen too.

  13. YB on November 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

    OMG! I need to see them live!

  14. Rob on November 30, 2021 at 11:42 am


  15. Megan on November 30, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    My friend is a huge fan of Galactic, and I would love to take her, and dance out our problems!

  16. mia on November 30, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    pick me!

  17. saniti on November 30, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Would love to go

  18. Angela on November 30, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve been a Galactic fan for years and always wanted to see this band live. I’d be ecstatic to funk it up at this show!

  19. Chloe on November 30, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    This show would be so much fun! Would love to attend!

  20. Kendall on November 30, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Funky 😎

  21. Carol Trekas on December 2, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    My 71st birthday is Feb. 11 so help me celebrate tonight. Please choose me. Thanks.

  22. Christie Quinn on December 6, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Galactic is outta this world crazy good fun! Please choose me.

  23. Michael Duey on December 7, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    It’s been too long! The owners of Tipitina’s and a great dancing time!

  24. Kristine Komendantov on December 7, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    This show is going to be so majestic 💥

  25. Amalan on December 7, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Love Galactic!!!

  26. Gabrielle Sterback on December 7, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Can I get funky w y’all? Galactics one of my all time fav bands to get down too, nonetheless at the crystal ballroom! Another favorite venue of mine. This shows gonna be fire !!

  27. Dee on December 7, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    I love galactic! I went on a first date to a galactic show several years ago 🙂 would love to take him on another date again!

  28. Carol Trekas on December 9, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Want to celebrate my birthday on the 11th please. Thanks

  29. James Tiefenthaler on December 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Super band, hopefully I’m lucky.

  30. Arianne Kimberly Belt on December 15, 2021 at 12:15 am

    YAS!! Count me in💜

  31. Carol Trekas on December 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Feb. 11th is my birthday. I need somewhere to go to celebrate. Count me in please.

  32. Tom Havey on December 16, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Oh c’mon…I wanna feeeeel the funk! I wanna rock the vibe! Please oh please!!

  33. Arden on December 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I unironically love Too Many Zooz. They’re amazing.

  34. James on December 21, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Always a pleasure to spend time with great musicians. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Elfina Alongi on December 26, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Please throw my name in the hat.
    Long time admirer

  36. JT on December 28, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I need to see them!

  37. Carol Trekas on December 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    This is my birthday. Come on now.

  38. Casey on December 29, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Would love to win these tickets so I can get funky one evening! 😍

  39. Sam S on December 29, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Whoa! Great duo! Let’s get DOWN, everybody! Yes PLEASE.

  40. Rob on December 30, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Get down, get funky.

  41. Pepper Varga on January 3, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Would love to hit this up

  42. Manda on January 4, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I’d love to see this show! I had tickets to see them right as the pandemic started, and that show was canceled. Also would be a marvelous reminder of an anniversary trip to New Orleans a few years ago. 🙂

  43. Carol Trekas on January 4, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Feb. 11 is my birthday so pick me and make me happy. Thank you.

  44. KickToft on January 4, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Wouldn’t miss it.

  45. Galactic Gabe on January 5, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    I Frickin’ LOOOOVE Galactic! Long time fan but only seen them twice live, fantastic Jam Band & I love everything NOLA (last trip I took before Covid hit). Things are a bit tight lately but would love to go! I’d be super appreciative to win this! 🙂

  46. Juan G Rosado on January 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Would love to see this show!

  47. Molly M on January 10, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Yes please!

  48. Tayler Jenkins on January 10, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a huge fan!!!! Count me in please!

  49. James on January 11, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Time for some funk.

  50. Analysa on January 11, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    This is FAR OUT! 💫 Would love to ride this wave! ✨

  51. Beth on January 12, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Leo P!

  52. Gena on January 12, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Sorry about screaming, but I simply love these cats. AND…they are playing my birthday, double treat!! Oh my goodness I can’t handle the excitement 😳 😁💗🎶👯‍♂️👯‍♀️👯

  53. brad on January 12, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    I’d love to see me some funkin’ jazz blend!

  54. Jonas Trekas on January 13, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    I want to take my honey to this. It is her birthday.

  55. Freddy Derenthal on January 17, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Excited to learn more about Galactic! I remember seeing Too Many Zooz wayyyyyyy back in the NYC Subway, crazy how far they’ve come!

  56. Breanna Keef on January 18, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    My husband and I love Galactic and would love to get a night out dancing!!

  57. John M on January 18, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Bringing’ some funky sound from NOLA! I want in!

  58. Calley on January 18, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    I have so much love for this band!

  59. Tom Havey on January 18, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Oooo I wanna feel da funk!

  60. Robert on January 19, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Give me da horns!!!

  61. Alexis on January 20, 2022 at 1:46 am

    We love getting funky at home to Galatic, my partner and I would love to get funky with them in person!!

  62. CHRIS on January 20, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    I would love to see this band. I’ve listened to them for years.

  63. Andrea on January 20, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    pretty please

  64. Brooke Futch on January 21, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Chauffeured them once in my little home town of Macon, GA. One of my favorites! Would love to see them again!

  65. Sadie on January 23, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    This looks like such a fun event! I would love to attend!

  66. Bryce Cloutier on January 25, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Honestly would love to see Too Many Zooz, they killed it the first time I saw them a handful of years ago and would love to see them again!

  67. Kristin on January 25, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I was in Hitting Birth with David Parks from Too Many Zoos and I want to boogie down and say hi to him!

  68. Tracy Blodgett on January 27, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    I’m, yes please, count me in!

  69. Denae Overman on January 27, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    A childhood friend of mine (that I recently reconnected with) LOVES Galactic, so I think it would be fun to surprise her and her husband with some tickets. They have a 2 year old daughter and they haven’t had a night of adulting since the addition to their family.

  70. John C Hartman on January 28, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Ive loved Galactic for like 20 years!

  71. Laurence d on January 31, 2022 at 4:21 am

    heard about too many zoos ages ago and have been following em since, would love to catch em here!

  72. Madison Wilcox on February 1, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    This looks so fun! Would love to take a friend for a night out 🙂

  73. Pamela on February 1, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    I have never seen them live and would LOVE to surprise my partner with these tickets!!!

  74. Maggie on February 1, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Have not seen music since pandamic. Love to SEE it!

  75. Chas on February 1, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Dance, soul, rhythm, and jazz bebooping I want to hear Galactic~

  76. Cuddles on February 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Ya know, I really would appreciate a lil southern musical flavored performance; no doubt!

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