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Stanton Moore is a Grammy Award-winning drummer, educator and performer born and raised in New Orleans. He is especially connected to his hometown city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic (see page 32), who continue to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally. In 2018, Moore and his bandmates in Galactic pooled their resources to purchase the internationally renowned music venue Tipitina’s. Moore has eight records as a solo artist/bandleader, with the most recent being With You In Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint. Throughout his 25-year career, he has played with a range of artists including Maceo Parker, Joss Stone, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Skerik, Charlie Hunter and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. Stanton Moore is also a committed educator and a Gretsch Drums artist.
Pedal and lap steel guitar ace Roosevelt Collier performs a potent mix of blues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime.” Brought up in the House of God Church in Perrine, Florida, Roosevelt built his “sacred steel” guitar prowess alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. On his own, Collier has become a sought-after talent both on record and on stage. At festivals, he is a regular “Artist at Large,” performing alongside musical luminaries in the fields of rock, blues and pop, having included the Allman Brothers, String Cheese Incident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey’s McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Del McCoury Band. This is his SMF debut, following up a 2019 performance at the annual festival beer release at Southbound Brewing Co.