The Fox Theatre
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot Photography)
The Fox was packed, and the crowd was ripping and roaring as the NOLA-based funk group took the stage with their now regular 6-man lineup. Drummer, Stanton Moore, is an absolute beast on the drum-kit and numerous times throughout the night could be seen literally trying to put a whole in one or more of his musical toys. His intense way of playing and great facial expressions prove that he puts his all into each and every performance. Robert Mercurio lays down a mean funky bass line and seems to be a key component in song transitions, solo choices, and overall structure of the groups music. He can be seen directing various members of the band through chord changes, tempo progressions, and even who is soloing next. The other members (including Corey Henry on trombone, Jeff Raines on guitar, Richard Vogel on organ, and Ben Ellman on saxophone) all play an integral role in producing the group’s funky sounds, but Mercurio and Moore truly (in my opinion) are a step above the rest. This was very evident during a drum and bass solo halfway through the second set as Moore led the charge in a jazzy-funk frenzy with Mercurio playing note for note along side of him. This rhythm section is not one to be missed, and I highly recommend you catch these two in any project they participate in.
Galactic is one of those bands that only come around Colorado once or twice a year, and yes I do wish they would go back to their older lineup and truly bring the funk back. Even with a rock-n-roll legend as their now front man, I recommend not missing this group as they do know how to get a party started. Also, watching Stanton Moore beat the absolute dog-shit out of his drums is not only hilariously entertaining, but truly shows how talented he really is.
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