Stanton Moore

Off The Record is a recurring, feature here on the Drunkard, that marries two of my greatest interests; music and travel. Having a locals perspective when visiting a new locale is the difference between experiencing it through the lens of a tourist and of that of a native.

Off The Record gathers some of my favorite artists, asks them to reflect on their city of residence, and choose a handful of places they could not live without, be them bookstores, bars, restaurants or vistas.

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In town for Voodoo Fest? If so, you’ll be interested in the following Off The Record as we caught up with one of my favorite drummers/percussionists, Galactic’s Stanton Moore.

One of the highlights from last year’s Voodoo Fest was the Saturday night Galactic show at Tipitina’s (one of our favorite NOLA clubs, which literally happened to be next door to where we are staying at the Tchoup House).

We’ve been following Galactic for nearly ten years; from their jazz-oriented beginnings, their Meters revivalists funk period, the exit of The Houseman, through their current collaboration with various hip-hop MCs. See this band live.

Stanton Moore’s guide to New Orleans:

Jacques-Imo’s/Maple Leaf Bar — It’s always fun to go have a great meal at Jacques-Imo’s and walk next door afterward and hear great music at the Maple Leaf. The Leaf has the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday night and features many great local bands all week long. This is many people’s first stop in town.

Tipitina’s — Tip’s has always been one of our favorite places to hang and play. The Tipitina’s Foundation has also been doing a great deal to help out New Orleans musicians and the music scene since Katrina. Last year we started up a music workshop for young students every Sunday from 12:30-3:30. It’s been great for the kids and has given them an outlet when many music programs are still not functional.

Rue de la Course — Coffee shop on Magazine (street). You can always stop in while running errands and be sure to bump into a few friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Audubon Park — Great for running, hanging out among all the old oaks, or taking my daugter to what she calls the “green playground.”

Louisiana Music Factory — Great store for picking up local New Orleans and Louisiana artists.

Frenchmen Street — The epicenter of New Orleans music. Just outside the French quarter. About 6-7 clubs in a 2 block radius hosting tons of music every night.

MP3: Galactic :: Funky Bird
MP3: Galactic :: On The One
Amazon: Galactic – Coolin’ Off

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2 Responses to “Off The Record :: Stanton Moore (New Orleans, LA)”

  1. Thanks for this piece on Galactic. They are by far one of the hottest acts around. These guys absoulutley bring it everytime they hit the stage.

  2. Love Galactic, though they’ll never hold the same place in my heart without the houseman.

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