By Aaron Davis (for JHWeekly.com)
Funk purveyors get Knotty
Yes, its funk week here in The Goods. Can you believe Galactic’s been at it since 1994? Locals have seen a lot of this New Orleans project over the years, and thus the evolution from its funk roots ala The Funky Meters, to hip-hop, electronica and jazz-fusion. The band’s last time through, in November 2009, was in support of hip-hop focused album, From the Corner to the Block. Now, Galactic returns with what is its most adventurous studio effort to date, Carnivale Electricos, drawing on the all-night party stamina of its annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras Day. Unfortunately, the band can’t bring the 40-piece high school marching band or the legendary Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with it. But, you will get to see one of the best drummers of my generation, Stanton Moore, as he uses phrase samplers to produce intricate and layered drum sounds, not to mention heavy-hitting funk. Galactic throws down at 10 p.m., Tuesday, at the Knotty Pine in Victor. Tickets are $35, available at the Knotty Pine, or 208-787-2866.
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