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Jazz Fest Announces Major Lineup For 2017 January 27, 2017 11:09

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has revealed its lineup for 2017, which includes many of the biggest names from all genres.  The annual festival, held in New Orleans, LA from April 28th to May 7th at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, will feature the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings Of Leon, Pitbull, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr, Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, NAS with the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, George Benson, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Leon Bridges, Anders Osborne, Galactic, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists,  and many more.  See below for the full lineup, and  head over to the official Jazz Fest website for all of the official details.
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Watch the official 2017 Jazz Fest lineup announcement video here:
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Galactic Releases Details And Release Date For New Album May 07, 2015 08:16

One of New Orleans' finest, Galactic, will release their new album, Into The Deep, on Friday, July 17th.  Galactic's Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman both produced and arranged the new album, due out on Provogue Records in just two months.  Into The Deep will be the band's 10th studio release, and the first since 2012's Carnivale Electricos.  

A number of special guests, including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey, Maggie Koerner, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Ryan Montbleau, Brushy One String, and Charm Taylor linked up with the band for the new album.  “We look for uniqueness and a quality that makes the people we collaborate with distinctively who they are,” Mercurio said of their collaborations on the album.

(Galactic feat. David Shaw and Maggie Koerner - "Dolla Diva" - Bear Creek Music Fest 2013)

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The band has developed a unique sound as a result of their influences, including: hip hop, electronic, world music, rock, blues and jazz. Many of their songs include performances by other artists of various styles of music, like hip-hop artists Boots Riley (of The Coup), Gift of Gab (of Blackalicious) and Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5). 

Over the years, the band's sound has evolved from organic New Orleans funk to a more modern style, incorporating elements of hip hop, electronica, fusion, and jazz. This change has been largely characterized by the increased use of electronic effects on guitar, bass, saxophone, and drums. Drummer Stanton Moore uses phrase samplers to sample a rhythm which he can then play over, producing intricate and layered drum sounds. Ben Ellman, saxophonist and harmonica player, often distorts his instruments to the degree that they sound similar to an electric guitar.

Galactic - Into The Deep Tracklist

1. Sugar Doosie
2. Higher And Higher [ft JJ Grey]
3. Into The Deep [ft Macy Gray]
4. Dolla Diva [ft David Shaw and Maggie Koerner]
5. Long Live The Borgne
6. Right On [ft Ms. 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

For More Info on Galactic: See Links Below

Galactic: Official Website

Galactic: Facebook

Galactic: Instagram