Galactic w/ Maggie Koerner
Nov. 7, 2013
That's not to say the music of the New Orleans band is anything to brush aside - drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, guitarist Jeff Raines, organist Richard Vogel and sax player Ben Ellman were stellar in their performance, bringing plenty of grooves and jams to the few hundred in attendance. But it was Koerner who garnered the most attention.
Galactic oftens features guest vocalists for their tours, most recently hitting the road with former Living Colour frontman Corey Glover. For the last few months, it's been Koerner, who is featured on Galactic's album version of "Hey Na Na" from the band's 2012 album, Carnivale Electricos.
The Southern chanteuse offered a stunning blend of jazz, soul and rock vocals, which nicely complimented Galactic's organic backdrops. She danced her way around the stage while the band explored the borders of their songs through improvisation, and commanded attention front-and-center when she belted out the best of notes. It all culminated in the second song of the encore, a blistering cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."
The night started with a brief disco-infused set by The Stepkids and 75-minute jam-filled exploration courtesy of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (keep an eye out for guitarist DJ Williams), but it was Koerner's performance who had people talking well after the last notes rang out.
From a Whisper to a Scream*
* - with Maggie Koerner