The band’s sold-out show Friday at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was filled with soul and charisma on a muggy August night. The review and photo gallery.
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The band brimmed with undeniable soul and charisma. While the sticky summer heat dissipated into a mellow evening, the collective rambled through a career-spanning setlist, including the test run of a handful of brand new songs.
Draped in a sparkling coat, frontman Paul Janeway displayed his signature fancy footwork and stratospheric range. Highlights included “Apollo,” an upbeat number fit for a disco that had the audience grooving on their feet.
“Flow with It” arrived as a flowing river of funk. The extended rendition included an entire 10 minutes of guitar, trombone and saxophone solos while Janeway left the stage.
Things slowed from there to a slow-jam with “Sanctify.” The slow-burning serenade featured a lively Hammond B3 organ and more guitar wizardry.
The band concluded with an encore of “Call Me,” another foot-tapping jam that inspired anyone left in their seats to move to the music, leaving fans with a heart full of funk and Southern soul.
PHOTO GALLERY: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jeremie Albino at Meijer Gardens
Photos by Steve Baran
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