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Galactic Announces East Coast Tour

On the heels of a successful West Coast summer tour, jazz-funk sextet Galactic will return to the East for a special, all-instrumental fall tour. Kicking off on Tuesday, October 12 at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, N.Y., the tour will cover 11 venues in the Northeast (including a two-night stand at New York City’s Irving Plaza) before heading for three weeks of shows in the Southeast. The tour will include a two-night stand at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, a Halloween weekend stop at Tipitina’s in New Orleans, and Galactic’s annual Halloween night show at Stubb’s in Austin. The band will return to its hometown of New Orleans after the tour to play a special New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s for the first time since 1998.

Bluegrass string-band combo Hackensaw Boys will take the opening slot for the beginning of the fall tour, with Scratch (of the Roots) taking over mid-tour, and groove-jazz act the Duo playing a series of dates in early November. Instrumental trio Drums & Tuba will help close out the tour with a four-date slot in mid-November. Other notable guests include Latin hip-hop/funk band Ozomatli, playing at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, and Grateful Dead spin-off Ratdog, which will join Galactic for a double bill in Allentown, Penn. At a special show on Sunday, October 24, at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Mofro vocalist JJ Grey will open and sit in with Galactic, along with a host of other guest players (check www.galacticfunk.com for announcements). On Halloween weekend, San Francisco’s DJ Motion Potion will join Galactic and Scratch for a late-night dance party at Tipitina’s in New Orleans.

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