Fans of the eclectic musical fare found at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival won't have to travel far to see two bands that were highlights of the 2008 fest.
Galactic returns to Jannus Landing on Friday in support of its sixth CD, From the Corner to the Block. On that disc, the five-piece band — revered drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonist and harmonica player Ben Ellman, guitarist Jeff Raines and keyboardist Rich Vogel — used hip-hop rhythms with rap vocals. Galactic, which launched in the mid '90s, over the years featured tape loops and other experimental touches as well.
Opening act the Lee Boys, based in the Miami area, allies Christian lyrics with masterful pedal steel guitar playing and strains of blues and rock.
For the other Jazz Fest favorite, you'll have to travel south to Bradenton, but Bonerama (above), driven hard by the wondrously agile tuba playing of Matt Perrine, makes the drive worth your while. You've never really heard Led Zeppelin's The Ocean and Jimi Hendrix's Crosstown Traffic until you've heard them reborn as hard-charging four-trombone meltdowns.
Galactic, with the Lee Boys, plays at 8 p.m. Friday at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21 advance, $24 day of show. (727) 896-2276; jannuslandingconcerts.com.
Bonerama appears at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. $10 advance, $13 at the door. (941) 795-3886.