The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes seminal New Orleans-based funk and jazz jam band Galactic with special guest The Hip Abduction. In the 20 years that Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines, and Rich Vogel have been exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic, they have consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.
The creative spark that comes from the teamwork of Mercurio and Ellman, whose ever-evolving production and arranging skills helped usher the band into a new phase of studio work beginning with the loop-centric Ruckus in 2007. A series of albums focused around specific concepts like Carnival followed, as did collaborations with guests hailing from worlds outside the one Galactic calls its own. On Into The Deep, shot through with soul, funk, blues and rock, the band members look within themselves instead, drawing inspiration from people and ideas that have long been close to their hearts – and, in turn, close to the development of their unique sound.
The Hip Abduction, featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Pat Klemawesch (kamale ngoni, guitar, vocals), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone and tenor sax), Paul Chlapowski (keyboards), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals), and John Holt III (kamale ngoni, guitar, vocals), began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. On Gold Under the Glow, the band’s third full album released in March 2016, they engage an Indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets for this General Admission – Standing Room show. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.