Galactic. Photo by Kevin Yatarola
Galactic headlined three shows at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl this past weekend. Including these shows, the band has now played the new room six times this year. Throughout the entire run, vocalist/percussionist Cyril Neville and Rebirth Brass Band’s Corey Henry augmented the members of Galactic onstage.
In addition, a number of special guests joined the group during its stand at Brooklyn Bowl. Guitarist Will Bernard, who opened the night as part of the Jimi Hendrix tribute band Some Cat from Japan, sat in on near the end of its extended set Thursday night, while Living Colour’s Corey Glover emerged for “How Many More Times,” “Love Rears its Ugly Head” and “Fire.” The Roots’ ?uestlove, who DJed at the club after Galactic’s set, also played drums on a set-closing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” that featured the night’s other special guests.
Friday night’s guests were equally as eclectic. Partway through Galactic’s set, rapper Doug E. Fresh emerged for the hip-hop anthem “La Di Da Di.” Soon after, the members of the evening’s opening act High & Mighty Brass Band appeared on “Blackbird Special” and “Snowball.” Later in the night, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno appeared on “Crazyhorse Mongoose.” Sex Mob trumpeter Steven Bernstein also sat in throughout the entire night.
The three-night run came to a close with a sold out show Saturday night. A few songs into the performance London Souls guitarist Tash Neal appeared on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” Later in the night, members of the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars also emerged. Galactic will play a Friday show with Rebirth Brass Band Wednesday at part of New Orleans’ Wednesday at the Square series.