New Orleans's takes its blazing cauldron of Crescent City traditions and cutting-edge innovations to stunning new heights on Carnivale Electricos, which brings together the potent bacchanals of New Orleans's Mardi Gras and Brazil's Carnaval. Anchored in second-line funk ignited by drummer Stanton Moore, Galactic ventures outside the city's brass band and jazz traditions to contemporary hip-hop, acid jazz, and beyond. The album, whose name apparently was inspired by the massive sound trucks—called trio elétricos—that parade through Brazilian streets during Carnaval, starts with a furious variation on a trad Mardi Gras Indian chant from the Golden Camanches, laced with a greeting in Portuguese for good measure. NOLA's Casa Samba lend a hand on Carlinhos Brown's "Magalenha," Neville brothers Cyril and Ivan—as well as rappers Mystikal and Mannie Fresh—stop by, and rising Rio samba singer Moyseis Marques takes on the funk-samba "O Coco da Galinha." Living Colour's Corey Glover and the Rebirth Brass Band's Corey Henry will join Galactic on tour. Also on the bill is another terrific New Orleans band that trades in funk, brass band, and jazz. The Soul Rebels' Unlock Your Mind, their first nationally distributed album, is a street-savvy, celebratory dose of bristling horns, reggae, and hip-hop-infected second line.
Sat., March 3, 8 p.m., 2012