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Published: 2012/02/23

Papa Mali, Ivan Neville and Many Others Join Galactic’s Lundi Gras Celebration

A clip of Galactic’s performance at Tips Saturday

Galactic headlined their annual Lundi Gras show at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s Uptown on Monday night. The Soul Rebels Brass Band opened the night and the show featured appearances by previously announced guests like David Shaw (The Revivalists), Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Casa Samba. Regular Galactic collaborators Corey Glover (Living Colour) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) also performed with the band during their set. The collaborations started early in the night: Samba appeared on a show-opening version of “Magalengha” and a few songs later both Glover and John Michael Rouchell, who opened Galactic’s Tips show on Saturday under his alias My Name Is John Michael, appeared on “Out in the Streets.” Glover remained onstage for a few more sections before leaving to make way for keyboardists Harry Connick Jr. and Ivan Neville. The New Orleans musicians joined Galactic for the appropriate Mardi Gras anthem “Big Chief.”

Galactic stuck with the Mardi Gras theme and brought out Al Johnson to sing his classic “Carnival Time.” Later in the set, Glover returned for another stretch of songs, including a memorable take on Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Dave Shaw (The Revivalists) and Maggie Koerner also appeared on a set-closing “Hey Na Na.”

Galactic remained guest-free for the first part of their second set, but eventually brought Glover back out and invited out the New York Maracatu Drummers for “Hook and Sling.” Later in the set, local trombonist Glen David Andrews emerged for a jam while saxophonist Nick Ellman appeared on Galactic’s classic
“Crazyhorse Mongoose.” Glover then helped the band close their set with “Cult of Personality.”

As dawn approached, Galactic returned for their third set. At the top of their set, Papa Mali joined the group for “Can I Be Your Main Squeeze?” and the Soul Rebels appeared on “Boe Money” and “Snowball.” As is only fitting, the show closed with “Ash Wednesday Sunrise.” Galactic will perform at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club tonight.

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