To play drums from dusk to dawn before one of the world's biggest parties, Galactic's Stanton Moore naps, slams some coffee, even eats right.

To play drums from dusk to dawn before one of the world's biggest parties, Galactic's Stanton Moore naps, slams some coffee, even eats right. "It's like a marathon," he says of the annual pre-Mardi Gras gig that has helped to sharpen the funk band's sound and make it a New Orleans legend the past 16 years. "You can't just try to party your way through it." That is, unless you're in the audience. Moore will spice up Southern-fried Jazz & Rib Fest with his danceable Big Easy sound July 20. hotribscooljazz.org - Joel Oliphint

When did you start playing drums? I was 8 months old when my mom started bringing me to parades. By the time I was 4 and 5, I started hitting on pots and pans. I got my first snare drum when I was 9 or 10, got my first drum set at 11.

Do you see yourself as a jazz drummer? Funk? Rock? All of the above. Lately I've been doing more of the jazz thing. It's a direction that's been in my playing for a while, but I wanted to address the jazz side of my playing head-on in more of a sit-down, intimate type of atmosphere.

Are Galactic shows just a big New Orleans-style party? We present music that we're very excited about presenting-music that we're into. A lot of it is original material or music we want to put our own spin on. We want people to enjoy it. It's not, "Sit down, listen, don't talk, don't dance."