Galactic @ Variety Playhouse – A Stellar Funk Space Odyssey

Galactic took their NOLA jam funk to Variety Playhouse last night and delighted the packed house with their extremely talented crew. Erica Falls commands the stage on vocals, not an easy feat in front of a powerhouse band like Galactic. House favorites included Hey Na Na, Dollar Diva, and Higher and Higher and she slays every song she performs. As always, the band is propelled by Stanton Moore, master of the skins and Ben Ellman wailing on tenor and bari sax and harmonica. My personal instrumental favorite of the nite was Balkan Wedding featuring great horn licks and a terrific keys solo by Richard Vogel. Jeff Raines- Guitar and Robert Mercurio- Bass round out the core group. Hats off to all for a stellar performance.