Galactic (w/ guests), 6/2/12

Brooklyn Bowl
New York City, NY
June 2, 2012



On June 2, 2012, Galactic (with Corey Glover of Living Colour notoriety and Rebirth Brass Band’s Corey Henry) closed out a four night stand at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl with a very funky exclamation point. Opening up the evening’s ceremonies was New York based ensemble, High and Mighty Brass Band. A band that dubs themselves as “a party in progress,” HMBB set the stage for the Galactic quintet, a band that is no stranger to anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the funk or jam scenes.

As one might imagine, it would not be Galactic at the Bowl without some extra special antics. Last year’s four night run saw appearances from Warren Haynes, Jamie McLean, Nigel Hall and Teal Leaf Green, amongst others. This year followed suit with guests including Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Medeski, Steven Bernstein and others. On this night, the Galactic stage was graced by David Shaw (The Revivalists) and in true funk fashion, the entire opening act.

There were moments throughout the night when the normally ample stage could barely accommodate the 13-person deep collaboration that the band morphed into.

Highlights included set break spinning from Wyllys, the High and Mighty Brass Band crowd walk through  & of course, the overall improvisational bliss orchestrated and anchored by Galactic, a band that has been around this many years for a good reason.

On a night that certainly recalled Soulive’s annual two week Brooklyn Bowl residency (Bowlive), many in the house almost certainly entertained a fleeting thought of Galactic following suit and giving their devoted Big Apple following the thorough dose that they need. Alas it seems that the group will stick to the mere four night annual run, but we can continue to dream of a day when the acclaimed heroes of funk — Jeff Raines, Rich Vogel, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, and Ben Ellman – might change their minds.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Andrew Blackstein