LIVE: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Shepard Park, 8/10/16


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was ever so-difficult to pin down the sound of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, who took over Lake George’s Shepard Park for a free concert earlier this month, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project.

The Minneapolis-based jazzgrass art-rock band – featuring bassist-vocalist John Wright, guitarist Dan Neale, drummer Alec Tackmann and violinist-vocalist Lisi Wright – describes their sound “like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.”

Yeah, I don’t know what that hell means either, but they lived up to the promise with a head-spinning repertoire that ranged from unclassifiable originals from their latest album to slightly skewed bluegrass instrumentals to dizzyingly complex prog-rock to a wild, free-wheeling Allman Brothers Band medley that featured a go-for-the-throat, no-holds-barred rendition of “Whippin’ Post.”

The Lake George Arts Project’s fab ‘n’ free weekly summer concert series comes to a conclusion with a 7pm concert on Wednesday (August 31) by Koehler & Kelly, featuring fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blending the raw energy of authentic Celtic and New England-style fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano.






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  1. Bill says

    Sounds very intriguing, sorry I missed it!

  2. catdeli says

    These guys (and gal) were scary good. It took a few days for me to come down and want to listen to more normal bands again after seeing them. I hope they come back this way again next year. Their best tunes were the two they played from their soon to be released album.

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