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Galactic and Gov’t Mule brings angst and calm to the Queen City

Galactic and Gov’t Mule brings angst and calm to the Queen City

Photos by Brain Twitty

A string of legends have been making their way through Charlotte this year, and Saturday’s show at CMCU Amphitheatre was no exception.


Political juggernauts Gov’t Mule are out promoting their June 5th release Revolution Come… Revolution Go alongside Louisiana’s electric-funk outfit Galactic.


We’re due for new music from Galactic any minute now as their last release was back in 2015, before the madness of the administration began. There are plenty of feelings to write about and, after being on tour with Gov’t Mule, they’re sure to be inspired by the angry, emotionally charged music they hear every night. The New Orleans funk band have evolved into a more modern act, delving into the the electronic side of making music. Their next release is sure to be their most modern yet, and hopefully we’ll get to hear that soon.


Often times, songs themselves, even albums, are labeled as “politically charged,” but it would be simply untrue to describe only one of Gov’t Mule’s bodies of work as such.


The entirety of the band, their essence and message, are politically charged as a whole, and can be defended as so based on the fact that the band recorded their most recent album, Revolution Come… Revolution Go, on election day in November 2016.


“It was very poignant that we went into the studio in Austin, Texas, to begin recording on Election Day,” vocalist Warren Haynes recalled on the band’s website. “Like most people, we really had no idea that the election was going to turn out the way it did. That changed everything – from a lyrical perspective. It’s not a political record, per se, but there are political connotations.”


I suppose there has been a plethora of material to reflect since Gov’t Mule’s formation in the early 90s, and while that is one of the pieces of foundation for the band’s success, it is not the only one. Their unwavering capability to write relevant, good rock music regardless of the time has created a tradition of sorts. A tradition of releasing kick ass records. Songs from said kick ass records visited Charlotte at the CMCU Amphitheatre, and gave the Queen City a night off from the ridiculous chaos in the political world.

Full gallery of the night here.

Catch this tour:

Date Venue Location
Aug 11 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA Tickets & More
Aug 12 The Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA Tickets & More
Aug 13 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA Tickets & More
Aug 14 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI Tickets & More
Aug 16 The Lawn at Great White River Park Indianapolis, IN Tickets & More
Aug 17 Brenton Skating Plaza Des Moines, IA Tickets & More
Aug 18 Sumtur Amphitheater Papillion, NE Tickets & More
Aug 19 Fortune Fest at Rose Park Columbia, MO Tickets & More
Sep 02 Blues, Views and BBQ Festival Westport, CT Tickets & More
Sep 03 Prescott Park Arts Festival Portsmouth, NH Tickets & More
Sep 24 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO Tickets & More
Oct 27 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL Tickets & More
Oct 28 Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA Tickets & More
Nov 09 House Of Blues Houston, TX Tickets & More
Nov 10 Granada Theater Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Nov 11 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater Austin, TX Tickets & More
Jan 17, 2018 Jam Cruise Miami, FL Tickets & More



Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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