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Galactic @ Jazz Fest with bonus horns and stage dives

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Posted by shore On April - 26 - 2009

galactic @AndyShore One of the best parts of Jazz Fest I’ve noticed so far, is that NOLA turns out for it’s local acts. Big Sam’s Funky Nation had a massive crowd early in the day on the same stage, and it had only grown for Galactic. You know they’re going to bring the funk with every performance, but they brought a little extra to Jazz Fest.

Armed with extra horns, Galactic had the crowd boogieing down in the hot New Orleans sun. Ben Ellman armed with his sax had a lengthy battle with the trombone player, Corey Henry, trading licks back and forth. At one point, Allen just held a few shrill notes, totally stumping Ellman and causing the band and crowd alike to burst into laughter.

After the title track off From the Corner To the Block, the trumpet player Shamar Allen, and Henry crowd surfed their way through the crowd. Both still had their wireless mics, and riled the crowd up all the while. It was a crowd surfing demonstration that Zack could be proud of.

@ZackTeibloom It was an inspiring crowd surf/stage dive. I’d seen these guys do it at Crawfish festival in Austin a few weeks ago and learned what you need to pull it off effectively: A tightly packed crowd, their full attention, high level of excitement.

You can jump into the crowd, land on your back in their arms and float for a few seconds before being put down or you can do it like Shamar. He dove head first and was in complete control of his destination.

Masterfully directing the crowd where he wanted to go, pointing to change direction and motioning for them to tighten up any time there was a chance they’d fall, Henry has the crowd surf/stage dive down to a science. Check him out and learn, so you don’t end up like this guy.

1 Response

  1. Sami Said,

    Trumpet Player: Shamarr Allen
    Trombone Player: Corey Henry

    It did Rock!!!

    Posted on April 27th, 2009 at 11:48 am

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