March 9, 2017
St. Paul and The Broken Bones are set to take the stage at the Fillmore this Saturday to headline HousingFest. Born in 2014, HousingFest was hosted by the Neighborhood Theater under the direction of the Urban Ministry Center. Nearly 900 people filled the NoDa music venue in the inaugural year to see Grammy award-winning gospel and soul legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Jim Lauderdale. The event raised an astounding $25,000 with the help of ticket sales and generous sponsorships. Currently the Urban Ministry Center provides 255 units of stable housing to adult homeless here in Charlotte.
To help fundraising efforts, Live Nation is hosting a “give-back” program at the bar this Saturday. Drink specials of $1 PBRs and Miller Highlife Drafts and special $2 combos of Jack Daniel’s Honey will be kicked back to the cause.
Sharing the bill with St. Paul and The Broken Bones is East-Nashville singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan. This retro country-rock musician has played the electric guitar with a laundry list of bands, including the New York Dolls. With his latest album Silver Tears, the HousingFest crowd can expect a whiskey soaked, dusty vibe from this gritty indie-folk artist.
It’s only too fitting that St. Paul and the Broken Bones end up on the marque of The Urban Ministries’ HousingFest 2017. The 33-year-old lead singer, Paul Janeway, once seriously considered the seminary at the age of nineteen. In his childhood home in Chelsea, Alabama Janeway was a collector of stuffed animals, according to an interview with Rolling Stone. Apparently, his mother told him that he would either be a preacher or a circus ringleader. He loved the church and was captivated by witnessing people being unpossessed, speaking in tongues. “Ain’t no rock show I’ve ever seen that can beat that,” Janeway said to Rolling Stone last November. His testimonial voice carries the message of human struggle and beauty set to the ‘60s-like instrumental sound. While standing shoulder to shoulder at a SPBB show one wonders whether they are in a spirited service or concert. The soul gets worked over a bit while under their hymnal spell. It’s hard not to be affected.
There is a show on Saturday at the Fillmore. It’s nearly sold-out. While you’re there you can drink in some good karma knowing that you are helping the local homeless population. Stand in the sanctuary of Paul Janeway and his band to be apart of the solution. Because we all can agree that seeing St. Paul and The Broken Bones for pocket change in the name of ending homelessness in Charlotte is a good thing.
St. Paul and The Broken Bones are in Charlotte on March 11 at the Fillmore.