Neo-soul at the hands of St. Paul & The Broken Bones

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Large ensemble, retro soul is perhaps the new age Americana. Slight variations of horn-laced, James Brown-esque funky R&B has steadily crept into the peripheral and Jackson has enjoyed some of it—Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and Anderson East are a few. Taking stage at the Center Theater on Tuesday, St. Paul & The Broken Bones (SP&TBB) is an eight-piece neo-soul outfit that is bridging the gap between contemporary and vintage. Jeremie Albino opens.

Formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 2011 as a five-piece (sans keys and woodwinds), Paul Janeway’s high register vocals are signature to SP&TBB’s sound, and his sequined capes add extra flare. With the band’s third LP, Young Sick Camellia, comes moments of modern tinge that include heavier, club-ready and hip-hop grooves, electronic textures, and a grand showcase of its larger ensemble power. Lyrically, there are undertones associated with how to create an intimate bond with someone that is so obviously different. The live show is said to be a joyous yet unforgiving wallop.

“Personally, we get off on watching old people leave our shows early,” Janeway told Tallahassee Democrat last month. “It means we are doing something right.”

It’s been a pleasure to hear more opening acts at the Center this year, an arrangement that has largely remained out of the programming unless the headliner brings established tour support. Though Jeremie Albino and his band are not being advertised, he’s on the entire fourteen-show Western run with SP&TBB. And his folksy-soulful-rock sound brings a lot of heart stemming from a decade of working on farms. In general, it’s a good policy to treat openers with open ears and an early arrival. After all, they are often headlining their own shows elsewhere and you never know where the next diamond in the rough is laying.

The Center presents St. Paul & The Broken Bones with guest Jeremie Albino at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Center Theater. Limited tickets remain at $50-$60. JHCenterForTheArts.org.

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