St. Paul & The Broken Bones electrifies a great Iroquois Amphitheater crowd with a deep and soulful performance with support from Louisville’s Central High School Marching band.
10-Sep-2016: The stormy weather in Louisville cleared in time for a perfect evening of music at the outdoor Iroquois Amphitheater for St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
As the deep red stage curtain rises, St. Paul & The Broken Bones emerge greeted by a huge ovation as everyone is immediately up, on their feet. Paul is standing solemnly at center stage, arms raised to the sky, vestments over his shoulders with the image from their newest album, Sea of Noise, hanging in the background. He starts off with the soaring vocals of “Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 1.”
Without taking a breath, the guys roll into new song “Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like),” followed by “Like a Mighty River,” and “I’ll Be Your Woman.”
St. Paul & The Broken Bones are touring in support of Sea of Noise released on September 09. Paul mentioned that this concert was “the first really big feeling show of the tour and was really happy and feeling great”; it showed as they rolled thru the middle parts of their set.
Another new song, “Tears in the Diamond,” was followed by “Brain Matter” before a stirring and intense rendition of “Pocket Change,” complete with Paul laying on the stage, emotionally pouring out the vocals to a huge ovation, making a memorable moment for fans.
Paul stepped off stage briefly while The Broken Bones rolled into a great jam featuring some ripping guitar riffs and their roaring horns. Paul was quickly back on stage as they launched into “La Bruit,” along with a few more new songs, “All I Ever Wonder” and “Waves” that were well received.
From the new album, an incredible song, “Sanctify,” was next featuring Paul’s soaring vocals and deep, intense horns drawing a roaring approval from the house. It was smiles all around as the ovation kept coming leaving Paul speechless; all he kept saying was”Wow!”
Before starting into the end of their set, Paul took a moment to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the band mentioning “the first time we played Louisville we were at a club called ‘Headliners Music Hall’ last year. We played the Forecastle Festival and tonight we are here. Louisville has been really good to us.”
St. Paul & The Broken Bones wrapped with a greatest hits review, launching into “Call Me,” “Half the City,” “Grass Is Greener” before ending with another new song, “Midnight on the Earth,” to rapturous applause.
Their three-song encore set started off with their lullaby “Is It Me” that was both touching and intimate with Paul’s vocals resonating through the summer evening. A lively Van Morrison cover of “I’ve Been Working” was next before closing with their last new song, a fantastic rendition of “Burning Rome.”
St. Paul & The Broken Bones is frontman Paul Janeway with Browan Lollar (guitar), Jesse Phillips (bass), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, and flute).
Opening the show this evening was the Marching Yellow Jackets from Louisville’s Central High School. Their full marching band performance was great to see and well received by those in attendance.