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Published: 2012/03/06
by Adam Majewski

Galactic,Terminal 5, NYC – 2/25

Beads, celebration, and especially good music are Mardi Gras traditions. Galactic brought these traditions to New York’s Terminal 5 just a few days after Mardi Gras and the release of their new album Carnivale Electricos, a celebration of their New Orleans heritage.

New Orleans’ brass band, the Soul Rebels, started the night with their electrifying horns and the pulsating rhythm of the snare and bass drums. The band started off with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City,” followed by “Turn It Up” from their new album Unlock Your Mind. The band continued with new material like “My Time,” which features MC-style singing and rapping from trombone player Corey Peyton. Lastly, the Soul Rebels finished with a cover of the 1980’s hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These).”

In exciting fashion, lead singer David Hinds of Steel Pulse ran onstage with the rest of the band playing behind him. The band played to “Roller Skates,” while the band and audience sang “Life without music; I can’t go!” Hinds spoke proudly between songs about Steel Pulse’s long run of over thirty-five year as well as Jamaica’s independence. The band finished up with “Steppin’ Out,” while one woman threw money onstage.

After a short break, the NOLA quintet jumped right into the music. The band featured fellow NOLA native Corey Henry, trombonist of the Rebirth Brass Band. Henry added some extra soul and brilliant jabs throughout the night. It wasn’t before long that Living Colour front man, Corey Glover, came out. Glover accompanied the band on new material from Carnivale Electricos, including a blistering version of “Hey Na Na.” Galactic focused a lot on the new album. During “Karate,” the band called up the Soul Rebels, which segued into a battle between saxophonist Ben Ellman and the Rebels’ saxophonist, Erion Williams. A clever rendition of “Boe Money” was another highlight of the night, which featured a tease of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The band also did many impressive covers later in the set, with “Kashmir” and “Cult of Personality” sung by Glover. To cap it off, Galactic, appropriately enough, played “Ash Wednesday Sunrise” to mark the end of its post-Mardi Gras celebration.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Izzam August 9, 2012, 03:20:18

Please can you tell me the name of this indie band? I saw their video in winter of 2005 on MTV2. In the video they play to scoohl kids in a scoohl assembly hall, scoohl kids wore red jumbers (me thinks.) In another video the lead singer in singing outside in the freezing cold. The one female in the band plays the cello. The lead singer is really energetic when he sings, in other words bounces around when he sings, and had a short beard. Pretty sure they are a British band maybe from Scotland. Saw the two video’s alot on ’120 minutes’ on MTV2. Their style is very very similar to the Rumble Strips Girls and boys in love’ song.Please please does anyone know who the hell i mean? Many thanks in advance, i can’t find the band anywhere!

TJ March 7, 2012, 08:42:31

Saxophonist Jeff Raines??? Who writes these reviews? Adam do you know anything about Galactic? Seems not.This isn’t even a review. Could have written this without even being there. Jambands should be embarrased to even publish this garbage.

jim steafiel March 8, 2012, 11:08:19

holy crap. try harder. you are doing a disservice to Galactic with this article.

TJ March 8, 2012, 12:27:25

Snuck in the change to Ben Ellman,although no mention of an editor error and again Jim says it perfectly. Just a lackluster review.

ma March 12, 2012, 17:39:38

Soul Rebels Brass Band are AMAZING. def one of my fav bands and the best part of the galatic concert. they killed at t5. check out this video of sousaphone player ed lee bumpin smells like teen spirit: and i soul rebels just played with kanye and snoop dogg this past weekend. off the hook. from trombone shorty, to kanye west, to metallica…these guys are everywhere!

EHope March 13, 2012, 00:18:18

So true! Soul Rebels were so grooving. I had never seen them live before or never really heard of them and I was totally sold! We all went to Soul Rebels after party at BB Kings and literally it was THE party in town. Terminal 5 was the opening act and Soul Rebels after party was the real show. I’ve never heard such deep pocket in my life, they groove so hard and make you move. It’s simple science….Soul Rebels = booty shavin’, mother bumpin’ funk! I’ll def be catching them at Bonnaroo!

Orsana August 11, 2012, 22:05:15

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