Galactic Releases 'Into the Deep'

New Orleans Favorites On Tour Now

Photo Credit: Jim Arbogast Photography 

“It’s hard to overstate the infectious energy and thrill of a live performance by the New Orleans band Galactic.”—NPR Music

“The tune [“Does It Really Make A Difference” with Mavis Staples] has a classic Staples feel, surrounding her throaty voice with layers of horns and warm guitars over a deep-pocket beat.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Onstage Galactic is a first-rate funk band. In the studio it has become a perpetually recombinant group of musicians, producers and conceptualizers, hooking up with collaborators from New Orleans and far beyond.”—The New York Times

“…Galactic is perhaps the funkiest, sharpest instrumental in New Orleans of the last couple of decades.”—KPCC

“Expanding and refining their sound for 20 years, but they don’t show any signs of stagnating soon.”—Paste

“‘Into the Deep’ is a snippet of Galactic at their most enthusiastic.”—PopMatters

“The opening ‘Sugar Doosie’ bursts with a wild and deep groove underneath the kind of airtight brass romp one might hear out their window during a New Orleans second line.”—Relix

Seminal New Orleans band Galactic’s new album Into the Deep is out now on Provogue Records. Produced and arranged by band members Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, the LP features collaborations with artists they’ve made connections with over the past 20 years. Collaborators include Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, JJ Grey, Ryan Montbleau, David Shaw of The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Brushy One String and Charm Taylor.

In September, the band will join forces with legendary New Orleans’ music venue Tipitina’s for the inaugural year of The Landing—a two-day music festival taking place at the South Shore Harbor on September 26 and 27. Bringing together some of the nation’s greatest acts, the festival will feature local talent that Galactic and Tipitina’s have handpicked to perform including Galactic, Grace Potter, Cake, Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne present: N.M.O., The Soul Rebels and Rayland Baxter.

Currently on tour, Galactic is playing festivals across the country including a recent show in their hometown at 2015’s Jazz Fest with upcoming shows at North Coast Music Festival, Jam Cruise and many more. The band will also perform a four-night residency at Brooklyn Bowl in New York. See below for the full tour itinerary.

In their 20th year of exploring the musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic, Mercurio, Ellman, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel have created an album founded on elements of Galactic’s past, filtered through the lens of where they’re headed in 2015. On Into the Deep, the band draws inspiration from people and ideas that have long been close to the artists’ hearts and in turn, to the development of their sound. “We look for uniqueness and a quality that makes the people we collaborate with distinctively who they are,” Mercurio says of their collaborations on the album.

A key part of the creative spark comes from the teamwork of Mercurio and Ellman, whose ever-evolving production and arranging skills helped usher the band into a new phase of studio work beginning with Ruckus in 2007. A series of albums focused around specific concepts like Mardi Gras followed­––From the Corner to the Block, Ya-Ka-May, Carnivale Electricos––as did collaborations with new guests hailing from worlds outside the one Galactic calls its own. “A lot’s changed in the songwriting and recording process,” explains Mercurio. “We don’t generally all get in a room and write a song collectively at this point…which I think has allowed everybody to compose ahead of time instead of composing improvisationally…the fact that we can make our own records now, that was certainly not possible in the early days,” says Ellman. “Pre-Katrina, we got our own rehearsal space and then we ended up getting our own ProTools rig…since then we’ve been making our own records.” Of producing Into the Deep, Ellman continues on to say, “we’re just always trying to increase our skills as producers and songwriters and arrangers by trying new things. It’s an evolution.”


July 17 The Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, Canada

July 18 Sioux Falls Jazz Fest Sioux Falls, SD

July 25 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan

August 9 Summer Meltdown Festival Darrington, WA

August 12 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

August 13 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

August 14 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

August 15 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

August 16 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

August 18 The Chicken Box Nantucket, MA

August 19 The Chicken Box Nantucket, MA

August 20 Infinity Hall Hartford, CT

August 27 Bourbon Street Music Club Sao Paulo, SP

August 29 Fest Bossa & Jazz Natal, RG

August 30 Bourbon Street Festival Sao Paolo, SP

September 5 North Coast Music Festival Chicago, IL

September 10 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

September 12 Big Solls BBQ Jam Timonium, MD

September 16 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton, NB

September 19 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO

September 20 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO

September 26 The Landing Festival New Orleans, LA

September 27 The Landing Festival New Orleans, LA

October 10 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA

November 10 Duling Hall Jackson, MS

November 11 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham, AL

November 12 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC

November 13 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA

November 14 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA

January 6 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL

January 7 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL

January 8 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL

January 9 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL

January 10 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL

January 11 Jam Cruise 14 Miami, FL


1. Sugar Doosie

2. Higher and Higher ft. JJ Grey

3. Into the Deep ft. Macy Gray

4. Dolla Dive ft. David Shaw and Maggie Koerner

5. Long Live the Borgne

6. Right On ft. Charm Taylor

7. Domino ft. Ryan Montbleau

8. Buck 77

9. Does It Really Make a Difference ft. Mavis Staples

10. Chicken in the Corn ft. Brushy One String

11. Today’s Blues