The Plaza Live renovations to be complete by Galactic’s 01/16 Show

The Plaza Live has been undergoing a serious makeover. Renovations started in August and the end is now in sight. With an enhanced soundsystem and re-engineered acoustics, the Plaza Live looks forward to being the most aurally pleasing venue in the greater Orlando area. New Orleans funk legends Galactic will have the honor of headlining the first show following renovations.

If you are unfamiliar with Galactic, let us fill you in!

Originally formed in 1994 as an octet (under the name Galactic Prophylactic) and including singer Chris Lane and guitarist Rob Gowen, the group was soon pared down to a sextet of: guitarist Jeff Raines, bassist Robert Mercurio, drummer Stanton Moore, Hammond organist Rich Vogel, Theryl DeClouet on vocals, and later adding saxophonist Ben Ellman.

The group was started when Raines and Mercurio, childhood friends from the Washington D.C. area, moved to New Orleans together to attend college at Tulane and Loyola Universities, and became enamored of the local funk scene, populated by such legendary acts as The Meters and Dirty Dozen Brass Band and inspired by local legends such as Professor Longhair. There they teamed with noted New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, saxophonist/harmonica (now producer) Ben Ellman, and Rich Vogel. In 2004, the band parted ways with vocalist DeClouet, and now continue as an instrumental group. They have been releasing albums consistently since 1996.

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We hope you are as excited as us about the renovations and the funk that’s about to take over our bodies. We’ll see you on January 16th as our state-of-the-art sound system is blessed by a handful of legendary New Orleans funk musicians!