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Galactic

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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If you wanted to, you could subdivide New Orleans' musical styles endlessly, from Meters-esque funk to second-line struts to swampy blues-rock. It's easier, though, to turn on a Galactic record and hear all the influences of that city's rhythm and sway in one place. 2010's Ya-Ka-May paid tribute to Crescent City icons and up-and-comers, and the just-released Carnivale Electricos takes that idea to further outposts of Louisiana music. The instrumental funk quintet is joined on the record by No Limit soldier Mystikal, Cajun accordion maestro Steve Riley and Rebirth Brass Band trombonist Corey Henry, who will appear at this week's concert.

Last Time: Almost exactly a year ago, Galactic played the Pageant with Phish bassist Mike Gordon in tow.

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