LIVE: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Shepard Park, 8/10/16
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It was ever so-difficult to pin down the sound of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, who took over Lake George’s Shepard Park for a free concert earlier this month, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project.
The Minneapolis-based jazzgrass art-rock band – featuring bassist-vocalist John Wright, guitarist Dan Neale, drummer Alec Tackmann and violinist-vocalist Lisi Wright – describes their sound “like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.”
Yeah, I don’t know what that hell means either, but they lived up to the promise with a head-spinning repertoire that ranged from unclassifiable originals from their latest album to slightly skewed bluegrass instrumentals to dizzyingly complex prog-rock to a wild, free-wheeling Allman Brothers Band medley that featured a go-for-the-throat, no-holds-barred rendition of “Whippin’ Post.”
The Lake George Arts Project’s fab ‘n’ free weekly summer concert series comes to a conclusion with a 7pm concert on Wednesday (August 31) by Koehler & Kelly, featuring fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blending the raw energy of authentic Celtic and New England-style fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano.