Although the Mardi Gras celebration occurred over one thousand miles away from New York this past weekend, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Galactic brought that good ol’ Orleans funk to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The crowd came to get their party on after a particularly cold and gloomy week in the tri-state area, and the two bands did not disappoint. The Capitol Theatre was as beautiful as ever for the night’s performance, majestically waiting for another fantastic show to start the weekend on the right note.
(All Photos Taken By Corey Regensburger)
Sister Sparrow, aka Arleigh Kincheloe, came prepared for the evening with her warm yet earth shattering vocals to thaw the audience. Her set list, filled with some of the groups most well known songs as well a nicely timed cover of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” created a soulful vibe throughout the space.
The Brooklyn based 7-piece rocked The Capitol Theatre with unbelievable grace. The Dirty Birds ended their set with a crazy baritone saxophone and trumpet solo along with Sister Sparrow’s dynamic vocals to blow the crowd away just once more.
Galactic took the stage and immediately made Port Chester feel a lot more like Bourbon Street. The band brought their New Orleans flavored funk and R&B grooves, and kept the party going throughout the night. Guest vocalist Erica Falls made quite the impression on the crowd and had them hanging on her every word, while guest vocalist and percussionist Cyril Neville charmed with great ease. It’s definitely worth noting that the horn section saxophonist Ben Ellman and trombonist Corey Henry absolutely commanded the Capitol Theatre stage. With fantastic riffs and soulful brass sound, Ellman and Henry kept the audience on their toes and owned the night.
Overall, it was a fantastic show. Between New York Fashion Week, NBA All Star weekend, and the SNL 40th anniversary special, there was plenty of entertainment and star power in New York City. However, between Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Bird’s soulful opening set and Galactic’s funky stage style, the concert at The Capitol Theatre felt like the greatest party in the New York City area.
Don’t miss Galactic and Erica Fall, who will be taking over the Best Buy Theater for a two-night run on March 27th (with The Revivalists) and March 28th (with BoomBox). It’s a party you definitely won’t want to miss!
– Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa)