When I first walked into Kung Fu Necktie, the guys in Bright Moments were hunched over an electronic poker game while Kelly Pratt, the mastermind of the group, was hustling his band-mate, Jared Van Fleet. There was a lot on the line... a whole five dollars. Van Fleet decided to push the button and move 'All-in'. He had nothing and once the rest of the cards were laid out, he still had nothing. Pratt took the pot and was riding high on his birthday.
Kelly has quite the resume. He has played on most of Beirut's records, he has been a crucial part of their touring band, he also provided various horns for Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible' and he was part of LCD Soundsystem's horn section in their last days. Not too many people can say they have done all that.
In this session, he and his band-mates played us a fantastic version of "Travelers" upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie. Enjoy.
Oh, and for the record, Kelly nailed that eight ball shot on his first try.
Produced by Out Of Town Films
Camera/edit: Colin Kerrigan
Sound: Nate Savoth
Special thanks to Bright Moments and Brooke Black Just-Olesen
Shot on location upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA