The crew at First Avenue really like bands that manage to fill the venue for two nights in a row. That’s one night where they don’t have to drag gear to be loaded onto the band’s truck. And in case of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, that’s a lot of gear.
Opening the evening was Diane Coffee, the solo project of Foxygen’s former drummer Shaun Michael Fleming. Their current album is “Everybody’s a Good Dog”. The set started with Coffee pretty much jumping on stage after a short instrumental intro. My first time seeing them I was floored by the combination vibe of David Bowie and Janis Joplin I was getting from stage. There was Soul, there was Blues, and there as a ton of androgynous showmanship. To call it entertaining would be an understatement. To give you an idea most of the First Avenue’s stagehands were watching and for a couple of songs even the stage manager (who has seen pretty much everything there is to see in rock music) came out for a couple of songs to get a better look.
Janeway expressed his sense of awe as a Prince fan to be playing First Avenue – he stated it was a dream come true for him. Throughout the set Janeway used ample room on stage to constantly move. Overall, I enjoyed the show. They are back for a second night tonight (Thursday). Some tickets are still available HERE – get down to First Ave and check them out, you will have a great time!
Set List: Crumbling Light Posts / Back to the Future / Like a Mighty River / I’ll be your Woman / Tears in the Diamond / All I Ever Wonder / Broken Bones / Everything is Everything / National Anthem / Brain Matter / Waves / Midnight on the Earth / Half the City / Grass is Greener / Call Me / Loran’s Dance / Sanctify Encore: It’s Me / I’ve been working / Burning Rome