New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour under the Freezestyle moniker. The six-week jaunt is due to kick off Jan. 23 at the group's hometown venue Tipitina's, r

New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour under the Freezestyle moniker. The six-week jaunt is due to kick off Jan. 23 at the group's hometown venue Tipitina's, run through 17 scattered dates in the U.S., and then return to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras show and closing gig March 3 at Tipitina's.

The tour, the successor to 2002's Freezestyle winter tour, will include a three-night run in Colorado supported by Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Two of those nights -- Feb. 14 and 15 at Denver's Fillmore Theatre -- will also feature the turntablism of DJ Z-Trip. The Mardi Gras show will be a full-day music festival hosted by Galactic, with supporting artists to be announced.

Galactic -- which comprises bassist Robert Mercurio, organ player Rich Vogel, drummer Stanton Moore, guitarist Jeff Raines, saxophonist Ben Ellman, and singer Theryl DeClouet -- has a short run of California New Year's shows coming up, climaxing in its annual Dec. 31 gig at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre.

The group is also working up material for a new album. Its most recent set, the Volcano live album "We Love 'Em Tonight (Live at Tipitina's)" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in Sept. 2001.

Here are Galactic's Freezestyle 2003 tour dates:

Jan. 23: New Orleans (Tipitina's)
Jan. 24: Baton Rouge, La. (Varsity Theatre)
Jan. 25: Houston (Numbers)
Jan. 29: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
Jan. 30: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Culture Room)
Feb. 1: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Feb. 2: Tallahassee, Fla. (the Moon)
Feb. 4: Charlotte, N.C. (Visulite Theater)
Feb. 5: Raleigh, N.C. (Lincoln Theater)
Feb. 6: Towson, Md. (Recher Theatre)
Feb. 7: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
Feb. 8: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
Feb. 14-15: Denver (Fillmore Theatre)
Feb. 16: Vail, Colo. (Dobson Ice Arena)
March 1: New Orleans (Mardi Gras event; venue TBA)
March 3: New Orleans (Tipitina's)