New Orleans's Galactic long ago took on the task of taking Crescent City funk to new dimensions, and they have succeeded with audacious panache: fusing the second line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms with acid jazz, hip hop, rock, even flirting with the avant-garde. The departure of Theryl DeClouet some years ago left the band without a singer, but Galactic never faltered, enlisting a slew of guests who have helped them soar even higher. Galactic's new Ya-Ka-May is a ferociously funky foray along the levee, picking up a formidable cross section of New Orleans musical royalty, including Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Bo Dollis, John Boutté, Trombone Shorty, and the ReBirth Brass Band. But the stellar contributions don't supersede the groove or the track as a whole, each a remarkable quilt of past, present, and future Big Easy. On top of that, Galactic pay tribute to bounce, a local street-party variation of hip hop that builds off New Orleans trad rhythms, with guest shots from such bounce artists as Katey Red and Sissy Nobby. Galactic will have a couple of pretty spectacular guests at the Cabooze: scintillating singer and percussionist Cyril Neville of the mighty Neville Brothers, and Corey Henry, the ReBirth's trombone player. Opening will be T Bird and the Breaks, a smokin' funk and R&B band out of Austin, Texas. Their juicy, horn-driven sound, mostly featuring lead singer Tim Crane's originals, suggests a Texas roadhouse band deeply informed by James Brown. 18+.
Fri., April 9, 8 p.m., 2010