Get ready for an evening of grassy jazz and rocky art; interstellar jam artists Galactic Cowboy Orchestra are hurtling toward the date of their performance at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Friday night for an album release party sure to send your senses into an outer orbit.
The band formed in 2009 and has been testing the limits of genre descriptors ever since. They’ve settled on art-rock jazzgrass, taking a mash of styles and elevating it. Bandleader and bassist John Wright formed the group because he wanted a vehicle to show off his most technical riffs. He and his compatriots, including drummer and Rochester native Alec Tackmann (still one of the all-time most lit acts to ever grace a Mayo High School talent show), trade in complex harmonies, sophisticated technical prowess, and a metric boatload of skill.
Since its inception, the band has released 5 albums. They have toured through the northern midwest and mountainous regions of our great nation. Their show at the Civic Theatre on Friday night is in celebration of their latest release, a live album titled “The Limits of Acceptable Pitch.” Some of the cuts from the new release were recorded during the band’s February 2016 set at the Civic Theatre, making this a unique opportunity to listen in on the growth of an act. The setlist will cover the band’s discography, as well as a few well-selected covers, like Led Zepplin’s “When the Levee Breaks,” or Rush’s “YYZ.” They will also play yet-to-be-released music from their upcoming summer 2017 release.
A few of the tracks are already online at the band’s Bandcamp page, thegco.bandcamp.com/album/the-limits-of-acceptable-pitch. The album kicks off with the cat-and-mouse chase vibes of “Swara Kakali,” where the band’s penchant for showy bursts of melodic rhythm and percussive wizardry come through loud and clear.
The bar in the theatre’s lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. The band goes on an hour later. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $22 at the door. All ages welcome. For tickets and further information, point your browser to www.rochestercivictheatre.org.