Three Nights of Funk with Galactic

June 1st, 2010

The New Orleans-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic has been bringing shake-your-hips music to the masses since 1994. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But they’re still bringing the funk: Witness this year’s Ya-Ka-May, with notable sit-ins from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty (who opens for Michael Franti & Spearhead at The Beach at Governors Island on Thursday) and the Rebirth Brass Band. You never know what to expect from Galactic (above, playing “Heart of Steel” with Cyril Neville on Jimmy Kimmel Live!). They could just as easily bump a hip-hop groove, drop some smooth jazz or rip a terrific Zeppelin cover. See for yourself when (featuring Cyril Neville and Rebirth’s Corey Henry) they play Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (Living Colour singer Corey Glover sits in and Some Cat from Japan opens), Friday (High and Mighty Brass Band opens) and Saturday (Buzz Universe opens).