:: Central Park SummerStage ::
:: Saturday, August 11, 2007 ::
Soul to Soul III
Galactic & special guests
Words by: Rich Lieberman
Photos by: Dino Perrucci
An incredible week of music at New York's Central Park SummerStage culminated with the 3rd annual celebration of the Big Easy. Soul to Soul III, a free show that brought together some good time NOLA sounds for a great party on a beautiful summer day. The lineup this year was solid behind headliners, Galactic and included the The Soul Rebels Brass Band who would take the stage first. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indians would captivate the crowd dressed in full Indian Regalia. There were great special guests as well Donald Harrison Jr, Will Bernard and Jon Cleary who was celebrating a birthday all jammed through out Galactics great set.
The crowd was filled with all ages of music fans. Families brought out their blankets and with plenty of room to enjoy this free afternoon event. Earlier in the week that same area rocked with sold out crowds of hot sweaty bodies for the Beastie Boys and the Black Crowes.
Galactic came out on fire with their trademark jazz-funk-rock-fusion concoction anchored by the seamless rhythm team of bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore. They ripped through a great set at a fever pitch. As Rich Vogal attacked the Hammond B3, Ben Ellman laid down some tasty sax and Jeff Raines wielded the axe. But it got real interesting with all the guests sit-ins that would make this show special, NOLA style. Will Bernard and Jeff Raines would share some great back and forth on guitars, as did Donald Harrison Jr. and Ben Ellman on some incredible saxaphonics acrobatics.The encore was with out a doubt the fan favorite with all the special guests lead by The Big Chief for a rousing "Hey Pocky Way".
Crazyhorse, Sunday Arag, Chris Cross, Black Talk, Bakers Dozen, Buckit Like A Horse, So Samn Good, When you get back, C'mon seocnd line, Let's Go Get Em, Cabbage Alley, Big Cheies
Encore: Hey Pocky Way
Galactic will celebrate the release of its long awaited studio album, 'From the Corner to the Block, with an intimate gig at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf on August 21.