St. Paul & the Broken Bones Rock Out For Charity in Charlotte

St. Paul & the Broken Bones Rock Out For Charity in Charlotte

St. Paul & the Broken Bones poured out a soulful, energized, and unifying performance to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore in Charlotte. The Urban Ministry Center sponsored event, HousingFest, is a concert held in efforts to bring artists, music fans, and the community together to support the ministries goal of ending chronic homelessness in Charlotte.$2 from each ticket sold at Saturday's approximately 2,000 show went to the cause. As did kickbacks from PBR, Miller Highlife, and Jack Daniels Honey beverage sales at the bar. A fantastic artist and a great cause is an unbeatable combo for a killer show.

Lights burst to life and shined down around the always well dressed and suited up Paul Janeway who wasted no time getting the show started. The  six-piece band recently expanded to eight and is composed of Paul Janeway with those soulful vocals, Browan Lollar sliding strings on guitar, Jesse Phillips bringing the bass, Andrew Lee crushing it with the sticks behind the drums, Al Gamble stroking the keys, Allen Branstetter adds brass slide on the trumpet, Jason Mingledorff smooth styles on the saxophone, and Chad Fisher brings it home on the trombone.

The guys moved effortlessly in sync with the beat and smiled out at worshiping fans. Welcoming us to the show and thanking us for coming out, Janeway spoke about the Urban Ministries efforts in Charlotte and the ending chronic homelessness mission, explaining how grateful and fortunate the band felt to be headlining the show this year. 

Resuming the show, fans erupted in cheers as "All I Ever Wonder" from the 2016 Sea of Noise album rolled its rhythm over the crowd who joined each other swaying and singing along to every word. Laughing as the song closed Paul apologized for his struggling voice saying he was battling a cold. His voice troubles were unbeknown to us, he sounded as soulful and captivating as he does on the records. 

"Call Me" from 2014's album, Half The City, ignited the hip shaking and fancy footwork Janeway is famous for. The show experience, because it is an experience, radiates a raw energy in every minute of the performance from start to finish and is accompanied by a genuine enjoyment not only of performing but of being surrounded by their fans.

The band captures the audience in the smooth rhythms of the song and the unique and fearless vocals wash over you in what feels like a serenade covering your body in chills. The melodies and impassioned hymns resonate with every listener at any age. Reactively turning to each other high fives were exchanged throughout the crowd and even a few hugs in appreciation of a beautiful evening among one another. 

Sold out shows can be tough to navigate, hot to stand through, and overwhelming to the bartenders hustling to keep up with thirsty customers. But this show, not one issue. Fans courteously helping one another navigate their way through, stepping aside to let each other catch a photo or video, bartenders dancing and all smiles, the kind of energy and unity that you can always find during a St. Paul & The Broken Bones show. As if it's contagious from the electric energy of the band, you are guaranteed to be happier than before you got to the show and leave somehow inspired to spread this newfound happiness to everyone around you.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones delivered a perfect set list hitting fan favorites such as "Like A Mighty River," "Flow With It," "I'll Be Your Woman," and "Sanctify," that left us begging for more, yet completely satisfied. Although the HousingFest 2017 final numbers may not have been released yet, the experience was without question an overwhelming success.

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