Galactic and Boombox bring a groovy good time to Lawrence

Johanna Poppel

Last Friday night, Lawrence got down and boogied at the Galactic and Boombox concert. A diverse crowd from college-aged to perhaps people even your grandparents’ age came to Lawrence’s finest historic venue, Liberty Hall, in downtown Lawrence on 6th and Massachusetts Streets.

Upon arrival, just before Boombox began, the crowd size didn’t look too promising.  The snow and harsh Kansas winds must have kept people at home. With excitement, I walked up close and center towards the stage moments before the duo started.

Near the end of Boombox’s set, I turned around, and a large crowd was thriving. Boombox warmed up the audience’s boogie shoes for Galactic.

Galactic, a funk band from New Orleans, excited the audience for the full-house show. The large band consisting of five members jammed together with a variety of different instruments including saxophone, trombone, harmonica, Hammond (electric) organ, guitar, bass guitar and drums.

Originally, the band was instrumental, but Corey Glover, lead singer of the rock band Living Colour, also offered powerful vocals for Galactic.

Galactic offered a variety of great sound in their music from influences of jazz, blues, rap, electronic, reggae and rock music. The explosion of sounds never left a dull moment, especially when drummer Stanton Moore did an amazing solo that had the audience spiral out of control. Glover proved the strength and diversity in his vocal skill when he sang, rapped and even did jazz scat singing. An encore ended the show with a cover of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon.

Boombox consists of D.J. Russ Randolph and guitarist and singer Zion Godchaux. The D.J. used sequencers, groove boxes and turn tables to create electronic beats and sounds. Randolph gently moved around his large selection of sound machines on his table in front of him while Godchaux stood in front of his feather-adorned microphone, with electric guitar in hand.

The laid-back stage performance is balanced for its downright bumping original grooves. Boombox’s music is electronic alternative rock with an old-school vibe. The songs aren’t lyric heavy, so this band pays very close attention to the production and mixture of sounds in their music.

The D.J. would turn on sounds one at a time from his station, layering them while putting them in sync with the guitarist.

The groovy nature of the band was shown through its accessories of an oversized top hat, a purple faux fur top hat, feather boas and sunglasses. Some fans even dressed up in furry neon vests and other psychedelic clothing.

The bands created great energy and music that had the audience dancing all night.

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