LIVE: Galactic @ Jupiter Hall, 2/11/19
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
New Orleans funk is alive and well. It is continuing to change and grow and is evolving with jam bands. Galactic is a prime proponent of the style. They have absorbed influences from other styles of music such as soul, rock, brass band, world music, hip hop and electronic. Rolling into Jupiter Hall at Crossgates Mall in support of Already Ready Already, their first studio album in three years, the Galactic groovesters rocked a full house of fans all dancing and swaying to the music. Drummer and founding member Stanton Moore’s syncopated Crescent City groove drove the band’s sound, proving why he’s regarded as one of the greatest drummers in the business today. Featured vocalist Erica Falls added visual excitement to the show, strutting across the stage and leading the band with “Hey Na Na” as well as other tunes. Their sound was punctuated by the pocket trumpet of Shamar Allen and saxophonist Ben Ellman.
Horn driven High & Mighty Brass Band lived up to their name, providing a strong warm-up for Galactic. Their two-trumpet, two-trombone, sousaphone line-up with electric guitar as the only string instrument blew the house down and could easily have held their own as headliners on a normal show.
Both bands joined forces for a wild, wailin’ grand finale that topped the evening off in fine fashion. The high wattage. Monday night performance provided a much-needed jolt of energy to help fans in attendance get through the rest of the work week.
MORE MARDI GRAS PARTIES: Fat Tuesday arrives next week on Tuesday, March 5, and there are a few more Greater Nippertown shows leading up to the big Mardi Gras celebration:
Friday (March 1): Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
Saturday (March 2): Mardi Gras Party @ Colony, Woodstock
Monday (March 4): Jon Cleary @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
Tuesday (March 5): Jocamo @ Parish Public House, Albany