Mardi Gras Madness at Terminal 5 on Saturday Night

February 23rd, 2011

The NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic has been bringing shake-your-hips music to the masses since 1994. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they’re still bringing the funk: Witness last year’s Ya-Ka-May, with notable sit-ins from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and the dynamic Trombone Shorty, whose own band opens the show. Of course, there will be plenty of other special guests, like Corey Glover, Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and the High and Mighty Brass Band. You never know what to expect from Galactic (above, playing “Heart of Steel” last year). They could just as easily bump a hip-hop groove, drop some smooth jazz or rip a terrific Zeppelin cover. See for yourself at Terminal 5 on Saturday. But make sure you act fast ’cause it looks like this one could sell out.