Galactic is funky. Super funky. And this New Orleans outfit will feature the sweet vocals of Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) when they play Bluesfest.
Galactic is funky. Super funky. And this New Orleans outfit will feature the sweet vocals of Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) when they play Bluesfest.

Even Tyagarah gets the blues

To celebrate its 21st birthday, the Bluesfest is moving to its new home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 12 minutes north of Byron. (Yes folks, at 21 you should leave home.) Bluesfest runs over Easter from Thursday to Monday, April 1-5.

The program is now online. It features five days of detailed performance times across six stages.

Tickets are also on sale – just visit www.bluesfest.com.au to see it all.

The line-up has just grown with the third line-up announcement. Joining Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson, Crowded House, John Butler Trio, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Blue King Brown, Lyle Lovett, Fat Freddy’s Drop and others are Troy Cassar Daley, The Break (featuring members of Midnight Oil and The Violent Femmes), Kev Carmody & Friends, Dan Sultan, Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic featuring Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Imelda May, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys, Warren H Williams, Narasirato Pan Pipers, Tijuana Cartel, Watussi, The Fumes, GraceBarbe, Tribali (Malta), and Chase The Sun.

Festival goers take note – the Saturday one day camping is selling fast and is very likely to sell out in the coming weeks. Also the VIP Saturday tickets are a very hot item.

And remember – Bluesfest 2009 was held at Belongil Fields and accommodated 1800 campers. Bluesfest 2010 will accommodate approximately 6,500 campers. It’s like Woodstock. With Bourbon.

This spacious camping ground is right next to the festival grounds and will include a general store, showers and toilets.

Galactic returns

Drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonist/harmonica player Ben Ellman, keyboardist Richard Vogel and guitarist Jeff Raines are Galactic – and this Bluesfest favourite is coming back to shake our very funky foundations.

This time round, Galactic will feature two guests – Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band). Make no mistake, Cyril Neville is the real deal – in fact he has been called the last great voice of New Orleans music. (Big call.) At 19, Cyril started singing with brothers Art and Aaron in the outfit Art Neville and the Neville Sounds, playing the New Orleans club circuit on a regular basis. This became the Grammy award-winning group the Neville Brothers.

As for Corey Henry, he’s an outstanding trombone player from The Rebirth Brass, a freewheeling, horn-driven contemporary ensemble created in 1983. Henry embodies the spirit of the band – passion, celebration, and a rollicking, street-wise partying in a neo-bop style.

Galactic’s sixth album, From the Corner to the Block, exposes the band’s organic grooves tinged with an urban feel – but always with their essential funk aesthetic. Though it features cameos from a wish list of MCs, it isn’t a typical hip-hop album, but a contemporary funk record that just happens to feature hip-hop vocalists.

“We never set out to make a rap record,” Ellman explained.

“We wanted to kinda modernise the New Orleans sound,” Mercurio added.

You can hear that funky groove this Easter.


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