Galactic Sweeps Brooklyn Bowl With Four-Night Concert Run
Brooklyn got extra groovy this past week, as the New Orleans-native musical force Galactic threw a serious party Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the ever so famous Brooklyn Bowl. This summer's four-night series was the group's seventh summer residency, inevitably packing out the venue with funk-lovers and the best vibes in town.
Galactic, consisting of incredibly seasoned musicians (Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel) have taken on their musical journey for upwards of 20 years, collaborating with a very wide variety of talent throughout their experience.
This past week's run at Brooklyn Bowl featured guest performances by Leo Nocentelli, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Erica Falls, Glen David Andrews, Corey Henry, Bill Evans, the guys from Dumpstaphunk and child prodigy Brandon "TAZ" Niederauer.
Watching a performance as spectacular as Galactic's is hard to come by - The group was tight in their grooves, outstanding in cohesive instrumentation, and played out tracks that lasted as long as 20 minutes. Collectively, the group's ability to be nothing less than abstract and captivating was extremely prosperous, as most anticipated. Devoted fans gathered and packed like sardines in the pit of the bowling alley's venue in high anticipation of another untouchable performance.
Aside from collaborative power, their individual capabilities were also displayed through mind-melting solos from each of the musicians in just about every track they played. Percussionist Stanton Moore held it down with rhythms that were deep in the pocket, but also forceful and showed his ability to rock out. Paired with Mercurio's light-speed riffs and sonorous, thumping sounds of bass, the pair were the musical glue to the group's jams. In terms of melody, Ellman, Raines and Vogel had it totally covered. As with any good funk band, guitarist Jeff Raines made musical mayhem with idiosyncratic, fluttering, and expressive sounds that made the crowd go wild. Eye contact was constantly exchanged between Raines and his two melodious partners which made for a symphonic zoo that people could only react to in one way- serious boogying.
The energy was incredibly high; Galactic's talent was clearly profound and effortlessly absorbed the audience in an auditory journey through jazz and funk. Unforgettably, the brass section distinctly stole the show. Expressive, shrill sounds of trumpet and saxophone filled the hollow space of Brooklyn Bowl, emanating feels of a genuine New Orleans atmosphere. To top this all off was Erica Falls, also reigning from New Orleans and bringing an unrestrained, explosive vocal powerhouse into the equation.
Needless to say, we all can't wait for another year and another epic performance series by Galactic.