Best Crowd-Surfing Revivalist: St. Paul and the Broken Bones
St. Paul and the Broken Bones singer Paul Janeway continues to make a compelling case that he’s the best showman currently working in pop music. For their Sunday evening performance in That Tent, the Alabama-based retro-soul outfit tore through a set that placed smoldering ballads alongside taut, horn-drenched funk jams like "Call Me." During the group's show-stopping "Broken Bones & Pocket Change," Janeway unrolled a long strip of carpet that he used to let the audience carry him (and the world's longest microphone cord) across the tent, so he could perform on the precarious railing at the front-of-house booth. As the song reached its crescendo, the crowd carried him all the way back to the stage and he kept right on belting the gospel-influenced melody, never missing a single note. J.F.