Celebrate Mardi Gras with Galactic on Saturday Night

February 23rd, 2012

When it comes to St Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish. And it when it comes to Mardi Gras, everyone’s from New Orleans. But you don’t have to head to the Crescent City to celebrate because the NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic is bringing its shake-your-hips music our way. 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 their most recent album, the Mardi Gras-themed Carnivale Eletricos. Of course, when they come to play it’s rarely alone, and this visit is no different. Expect plenty of special guests, like Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band), plus reggae legends Steel Pulse and New Orleans’ own Soul Rebels (download their Sweet Dreams EP for free here). Esquire magazine writes: “In a perfect world, Galactic would be 2012’s Black Keys—consistently underrated veterans who get belatedly huge.” And you can find out why when Galactic (above, doing “Heart of Steel” with Corey Glover and Corey Henry at last year’s Bonnaroo) and friends play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.