Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. The trek will include two hometown shows at New Orleans' Tipitina's during Mardi Gras, as well as t

Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. The trek will include two hometown shows at New Orleans' Tipitina's during Mardi Gras, as well as the band's first dates in Japan. Opening acts have not yet been announced for the run.

Tickets for some of the Freezestyle tour dates are currently available via the band's official Web site, while the rest will go on sale Jan. 17.

Prior to the tour, Galactic is slated to appear Jan. 6-9 on the Jam Cruise and Jan. 10-13 on Jam Cruise II. Keller Williams, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Particle, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Michael Franti & Spearhead are among the other acts slated to participate. For more information on the sailings, visit the Jam Cruise Web site.

The band will wrap 2003 with Dec. 26-27 shows at New Orleans' Tipitina's Uptown.

Galactic is touring in support of its fourth studio album, "Ruckus" (Sanctuary). Released in October 2002, the Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Blue Man Group) -produced set debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. It has sold 13,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Galactic's tour dates:

Dec. 26-27: New Orleans (Tipitina's Uptown)
Jan. 6-9: Jam Cruise
Jan. 10-13: Jam Cruise II
Jan. 15: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Culture Room)
Jan. 16: Tampa, Fla. (Masquerade)
Jan. 17: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Jan. 18: Jacksonville, Fla. (Freebird Café)
Jan. 23-24: Baton Rouge, La. (Varsity Theatre)
Feb. 1: Osaka (Shinsaibashi Club Quattro)
Feb. 2: Nagoya, Japan (Club Quattro)
Feb. 4-5: Tokyo (Shibuya Club Quattro)
Feb. 13-14: Denver (Fillmore Theatre; co-headlining w/moe.)
Feb. 15: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada)
Feb. 18: Tulsa (Cain's Ballroom)
Feb. 19: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
Feb. 20: Houston (Numbers)
Feb. 21, 23: New Orleans (Tipitina's)
Feb. 26: Memphis (New Daisy)
Feb. 27: Carbondale, Ill. (Copper Dragon)
Feb. 28: St. Louis, Mo. (Mississippi Nights)
March 1: Lincoln, Neb. (Rococo Theatre)
March 3: Minneapolis (Fine Line)
March 4: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
March 5: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
March 6: Detroit (Majestic)
March 7: Cleveland (The Odeon)