St. Paul & The Broken Bones / & More – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA – 10/26/19

For St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the Sherman Theater date was the last date of their extensive tour since the release of their latest album Young Sick Camellia, which was released September of last year.  Singer Paul Janeway stated that since it was the last date of the tour, it was going to get weird and weird it did.  Opening the show was Philadelphia’s hip hop duo &More.  Fronted by Donn T, who possessed the soothing singing capabilities, and Chill Moody, who carried the MC style performance, &More is one of the more unique artists St. Paul & The Broken Bones had opening for them.  For the music portion, they were only accompanied by a drummer who had other instruments programmed, but for the live drum parts he exceeded in his playing abilities.  &More brought a warming performance to their set with their songs while praising everyone in attendance for being there.  They ended their set with their song “WHOA” which was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk which had the crowd cheering and singing along to the chorus. They know they are just starting as a group, but appreciate anyone, no matter who they are, for listening to their music.






One of the hardest working bands today has to be St. Paul & The Broken Bones.  With sold out shows all across the world, opening for the Rolling Stones, various late night T.V. appearances, and a constant touring schedule, for only being around for seven years St. Paul & The Broken Bones have a lot to show for their on going legacy.  However, with the on going touring, it was only a matter of time that St. Paul & The Broken Bones would run into a hiccup.  The Stroudsburg show was originally scheduled for June, but singer Paul Janeway was given orders to rest his vocals due to an emergency appendectomy a few months back.  Even though that was a bummer to fans of a reschedule, St. Paul & The Broken Bones gave Stroudsburg a night they won’t forget.  With Halloween less than a week away, a few fans were dressed up for the night, including a man in a bunny outfit which would come into play later, it only made sense when Paul Janeway said it was going to get weird.  Between their three albums, St. Paul & The Broken Bones played a stellar amount of songs from each album including a cover of Prince’s “Controversy”.  Another new part of their live shows, St. Paul & The Broken Bones now adds two instrumental parts to their sets.  A good way to give Paul Janeway a break from vocals, but also for the band to shine.  These unnamed songs have the crowd grooving and don’t take away from the show which makes one wonder if one of these jam songs will be recorded for an album.  The always highlight of their set is when they close with “Broken Bones & Pocket Change”, for Paul Janeway just lets it all go not only in his voice, but his stage presence.  During the show a fan, dressed as a bunny, put his bunny mask off to the side, which was then scooped up by Paul and used during the last song.  He sang with the mask on while loosing his shoes and then unexpectedly his pants.  It didn’t phase the crowd because the power the song brings leaves everyone in awe, these actions just enhanced it more.  Even though this was the last day of tour, St. Paul & The Broken Bones have one off shows throughout the rest of year with a New Year’s Eve show in New York.  From there they will probably start work on a new album and then hustle through touring the world while visiting every city possible.  Again, proving that St. Paul & The Broken Bones are one of the hardest working bands out there.





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