Big Easy brand of funk rolls into Keystone |

Big Easy brand of funk rolls into Keystone

Special to the Daily/Brent Tschakert/galacticfunk. Keystone gets a little funky tonight with the arrival of New Orleans funksters Galactic.

KEYSTONE – Galactic brings its own brand of New Orleans funk to the mountains tonight. The band is excited about the opportunity to play its unique-sounding music to die-hard Colorado fans – and it’s some of the most danceable you’ll come by, said Stanton Moore, drummer for Galactic.”It’s nice to see some familiar faces – (fans) come from wherever they are in Colorado to see us,” Moore said.

Other members of the band include Rich Vogel (keyboard), Theryl DeClouet (vocals), Ben Ellman (saxophone, harmonica), Robert Mercurio (bass) and Jeff Raines (guitar). Galactic’s latest album, “Ruckus,” featured more mainstream appeal than previous albums. This was largely attributed to its producer, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura. Nakamura saw the potential for Galactic to reach a wider audience with more radio-friendly tunes. Nakamura presents a more polished form of Galactic’s music. He has been influential in hip-hop and electronic music since the early 1990s.About the future of Galactic Moore said, “We’ll concentrate on instrumentals but also experiment with interesting tones.”

Either way, the progressive style has found a home here in Colorado. Galactic formed in New Orleans, so plenty of great musicians influenced its style. Moore cites his musical and creative influences as Johnny Vidacovich, Russel Batiste, Willie Green of the Neville Brothers and Zigaboo Modeliste, among others in the New Orleans jazz scene.

Mercurio and Moore are also members of the jam band Frequinox, which combines the best musicians from the New Orleans jazz scene with their counterparts on the West Coast. The gig in Keystone is part of a Western summer tour for Galactic that will be ending in September. With no plans to slow down, the band has less than a week before it goes back into the studio to create another album. “We get along well considering we’ve been on the road almost 10 years,” Moore said.Despite being together for that long, Galactic may just be beginning to see its potential to jump from a popular jam band to a more mainstream success.

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