St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Linqua Franqa

July 25, 2019

8:00 PM; Gates open at 7:00PM

St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Front man Paul Janeway’s handle “St. Paul” is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s grounding in the church.
Though his time in the church exposed Janeway to key influences in gospel music – the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Alex Bradford, Clay Evans – he began moving away from his youthful path in his late teens. He began attending open mic nights in Birmingham’s clubs and diversified his listening, excited by some decidedly left-of-center talents. “Tom Waits and Nick Cave were the really big attractions,” he says. “They have that passion. They’ve built this aura. They’re showmen to the teeth. And that’s what got me – it’s like going to church, in a weird way. At about the same time, I began listening to the great soul singers like Otis Redding, James Carr, and O.V. Wright. I was trying to find something that made my earbuds tingle.”

Seeking his musical comfort zone, Janeway had an incongruous stint in a band that played Led Zeppelin covers, but, he confesses today, “That’s not what I do.” However, his early work in the rock vein brought him together with bassist Jesse Phillips. The pair became close friends and were soon writing together; “Sugar Dyed,” “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” and “That Glow,” all heard on Half The City, were among the first fruits of their collaboration.

Linqua Franqa

Linqua Franqa is the hip hop darkside of Athens-based linguist-turned-legislator Mariah Parker, whose scientific fixation with language is obvious in the intricate, self-aware rhymes she weaves into boom bap tapestries. Her lyrics, garnished with haunting neo-soul hooks, tell complex and unflinching tales of existential heartbreak, racial strain, and feminist swagger, and longtime hip hop heads will hear echoes of nineties New York underground in both her playful vocal delivery and jazz-kissed beat production. In the wake of a critically acclaimed first album and narrowly-clinched election to the Athens city council earlier last year, Parker has garnered the attention of CNN, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Afropunk, The Root, The Bitter Southerner, and others for her outspoken commitments to justice and her electrifying live performances, which call listeners to self-reflection and critical action in their lives and their communities.