Galactic Stories

Five Questions With The Hip Abduction's David New

The Hip Abduction is touring behing their latest studio album Gold Under The Glow, their third since forming in Florida in 2010.  It is a recording that has propelled the group onto bigger stages, bringing music that reflects the sunny climate of their hometown -- possessing distinct pop sensibility merged with a reggae /...

Photos / Recap | Galactic & The Hip Abduction @ House Of Blues 3/26/17

Words & Photos: Michael LepekAt its core Galactic is Stanton Moore on Drums, bassist Robert Mecurio  guitarist Jeff Raines, Hammond organist Rich Vogel, and saxophonist Ben Ellman --  but it is the continuous rotating cast of vocalists and sidemen that keep this band fresh after 23 years of...

Seventeen More Great Reasons to Love North Coast Music Festival | Win A Pair of GA Tickets!

We've already gone on-and-on about why we're excited about this year's North Coast Music Festival. Now there areseventeenmore reasons.First, there are sixteen awesome after-shows that are at some of the city's best venues, stretching from the Thursday night before the festival to the Monday after it closes. These feature tribute sets (to Daft Punk &...

Five Things To Look Forward To For The 2015 North Coast Music Festival

Chicago's North Coast Music Festival has in past years been a bit of a jam purist's puzzle. There has always been a smattering of jam-friendly acts in its lineups, but EDM and flavor-of-the-minute bands tended to cast a long shadow for those looking for improv in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend.The scales seemed to...

Review & Media: Phase Of The Moon Festival

You can point to the first Bonnaroo as a potential Ground Zero for the music festival explosion that has gripped America in the dozen or so years since its inception. While many festivals that have emerged in its wake -- both big and small -- have chosen to replicate its key elements, very few, not...

Recap and Video: Galactic @ Park West 4/6/13

On Saturday Night at the Park West, I started to keep track of how funky Galactic's tunes were by counting the number of times drummer Stanton Moore leaped off his stool to emphasize a beat or dramatically finish a fill.Cutting their teeth as one of the most party-ready bands of the nineties, it is...

From New Orleans To Chicago: A Chat With Galactic's Rich Vogel

When a band has been continually on the road as much as New Orleans' Galactic, major cities become more than just stops on a tour, they become wrapped up in aspects of the band's narrative. After the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Chicago became the temporary (to the tune of seven years!) home of Galactic's original...

An Interview With Galactic: A Veteran Band's Thoughts On Sticking Together Through 18 Festival Seasons

With their funky New Orleans sound worked out annually at the citys Mardis Gras and Jazz Fest celebrations, there has been eighteen years worth of solid festival seasons for Galactic. As we approach the summer, the band will see action at Milwaukee's Summerfest, High Sierra, Forecastle, All Good, Floyd Fest, Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, moe....