New Orleans funk impresarios Galactic came through for a short set (8-10 PM) that was a reschedule of a cancelled show. This is a sort of homecoming for a couple of the guys in the band who were from the DC suburbs before relocating to NO, and as such it was a nice, high energy set, Stanton Moore rising from his seat to stand and pummel his set at several climactic points. The mix was good, not overloud (which the 930 can be sometimes) and the highlight for everyone was CHUCK BROWN! who came out for Stormy Monday, GoGo Swing, Run Joe, and Woody Woodpecker. The crowd was a little confused by the singalong, but Chuck was all smiles, and the band was clearly really psyched. There was some nice exploration and improv between Chuck and the boys, and after the set Chuck seemed genuinely pleased and impressed, and there was a lot of discussion about who they had played with, plans for getting together at Jazzfest, and all around basking in the glory and significance of this local elder. Overall, Galactic was tight and pushed its boundaries in several places with aurally delightful results.
Chuck Brown and Galactic sounds like a great pairing. Hope they collaborate some more. Thanks for the report.
Wow that sounds amazing, I too hope to see some more collaborations!!
I was there and loved it but gotta say I thought the weakest part with when Chuck played... I and some others thought it was just a throwaway session for him, he did some cool songs in his gogo thing but a lot of folks were waiting for Galactic to get back to the jams. Seemed to me a lot of people were yakking, leaving the floor and so on during Chuck. Band barely played with him except the drummer, who was way stoked. Chuck's call/response thing has never quite done it for me. Any case, glad everyone had a good time, I think all will agree that Galactic rocked.