Soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones took the That Tent stage at Bonnaroo Sunday night in rousing fashion, and if high-energy lead singer Paul Janeway acted like he’d been here before, it’s because he has.
“I use to work security at Bonnaroo,” Janeway told the crowd. “Anything that would get me in for free.”
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the energetic band decked out the stage in true Southern royalty fashion with gold microphones, drums, and even gold upholstery. It was an apt setting for the brass instruments, twangy organ and keyboards, electric guitars, and one huge voice.
They performed songs from both of their albums, “Sea of Noise” and “Half the City,” including: “Flow with It,” “Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 1,” “All I Ever Wonder,” “Half the City,” “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” “Call Me,” and “Grass is Greener.”
Amid the already vigorous set, Janeway decided to take his golden carpet to the next level by “taking a magic carpet ride.” This involved hurling his body into the masses and crowd-surfing atop his legion of fans.
Janeway began the show by promising to give his all to the Bonnaroo crowd. He clearly loves them and this place, losing a a shoe and maybe a few shirt buttons in the process of a most soulful, mic-dropping performance.