On Saturday, February 9th, Galactic and The Motet closed their trio of east coast shows together at the Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, New York. Galactic, on the heels of releasing their 10th studio album Already Ready Already, headlined the show following an opening set from The Motet, who also released an album last month, Death or Devotion.
Produced by the band’s own Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, Galactic’s newest album features Erica Falls, Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Nahko, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already hears Galactic taking a more contemporary approach, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Crescent City funk roots.
Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, the funk collective has released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion, however, marks the first Motet studio effort in which newer members Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording and, finally, mastering and preparing for release. The Motet’s new record marks the band’s first release since 2016’s Totem.
Thus, the celebration mode was in full effect on Saturday night, with both bands mixing their new material in with their fan-favorite oldies. In between the two sets, High & Mighty Brass Band led a second line through the crowd. The headlining performance featured back-and-forth saxophone solos between Ben Ellman and his cousin, Lucas Ellman, and in-and-out performances by the one-and-only Erica Falls. The High & Mighty Brass Band once again returned to the stage to close the show with a serious bang.
Thanks to photographer Ken Spielman, you can enjoy the photos below.