By Abby Matousek

I have been baptized by St. Paul.

Literally. Baptized. Paul Janeway was on fire (figuratively); pouring water on his white wing-tips to put out the flames (again, figurative). And lo! I was misted with water from the shoes of a most energetic singer-cum-cleric. And I loved it.

Again and again, members of the crowd asked, “Have you seen them before? NO?! Well, you have watched their YouTubes?!”

It’s fitting that St. Paul and the Broken Bones has its roots the church—frontman Janeway grew up on Christian gospel and preaching in church—because the audience is their disciple. People around me travelled up the Atlantic seaboard, catching the show in Charleston, Charlotte, and completing the trinity at the 9:30 Club.

It has been written before (over and over, in fact) that the beautiful, monstrous noise that comes out of Janeway’s mouth is incongruous with his image—he resembles the plastic honey bear that he carries on stage with him more than he does a star of an up-an-coming band.

And boy, it is even truer live.

There are a few times when I have been literally stunned by the power of a singers’ voice—see Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive—and this is one of them. The entire band is an extremely talented cult of personality. Yes, Janeway’s spirited dance moves steal the show, but keep an eye on the drummer, Andrew Lee, who may be the happiest person alive; or the horns Allan Branstetter (trumpet) and Ben Griner (trombone) who are just as engaging though hidden upstage. And let me tell you, watching someone try to clap along with the audience while also playing the trombone…an experience. Of course, not to discount the talents of Jesse Phillips, bass, Browan Lollar, guitar, and Al Gamble, keys.

Playing through their whole album—their first, Half the City­—the St. Paul and the Broken Bones added in an opening jam session highlighting the strength of the band, a fabulous cover of Shake! by Sam Cooke, and a glorious rendition of Moonage Daydream by David Bowie.

Anyone who follows St. Paul and the Broken Bones will know that Janeway and crew are a little quirky—I suppose you have to be when you are a brassy soul band in a pop-y, rap-y world—see @allsongs Tiny Desk Concert …

Paul got Bob’s tiny desk a little dirty today! @nprmusic #tinydesk #dancinshoes

A photo posted by St. Paul and The Broken Bones (@stpaulandthebrokenbones) on

…in which Janeway climbed on top of Bob Boilen’s desk or on @blogotheque wherein the band charmingly giggle at the puzzled Frenchmen assembled to watch the band play in a Parisian courtyard:

I cannot put my finger on the best part of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, but their sound and their fun is infectious and, may I just say, they are dapper as fuck.

Alright hill friends, here is a PRO TIP.

Pay attention to those Press Secretaries and Legislative Assistants down the hall. Because today they may be focused on committee mark-ups and weekly newsletters, but in a few short years they’ll have amazing jobs and basically be running sh*t.

Oh, and they could also be KANYE WEST INSPIRED FASHION GODS. 

Looking sharp Chris Gindlesperger and Michael Steel.

Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett: The Washingtonian Guide to the DC Men’s Uniform

The Bill of Rights was the center of discussion earlier this week at a special National Constitution Center event about the new George H.W. Bush Gallery, where an original copy of the Bill will be on display in Philadelphia.

Among the dignitaries in attendance to welcome the Bill of Rights were Court Justice Samuel Alito and National Constitution Center chairman Jeb Bush.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, Anthony W. Marx, president of The New York Public Library, and David M. Rubenstein, the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group also spoke at a special event hosted by National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen.

About 200 people gathered for an hour-long presentation and discussion about the new George H.W. Bush Gallery and its upcoming feature exhibit, “Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration To The Bill Of Rights.”

For three years through December 2017, the gallery will feature rare copies of America’s three founding documents. The exhibition will display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and an original Bill of Rights—one of 12 surviving copies sent to the states by President George Washington in 1789.

All three documents will be on display for guests to view at the gallery. This particular copy of the Bill of Rights was acquired by The New York Public Library in 1896. Through an historic agreement between The Library and Pennsylvania, the document will be alternatively displayed to the public in both New York and Pennsylvania for the next 100 years.

Via Constitution Daily

Full video of the event below.

Photo Credit: David Almacy

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#DISTRICT Good luck MCM runners this weekend!; Riding the metro with its most familiar voice; what happens when you order fancy cocktails at DC dive bars; Who else is seeing the Foo Fighters tonight?; New York Times backhand compliments DC’s dining scene; Cap Lounge pumpkin carvin’; when the world gets too crazy, shake it off; the Caps + dogs = Your 2015 calendar; Esquire goes deep with Members; Capital Weather Gang is very alarmed by the state of affairs at; What does your zip code say about you (to marketers)?

#MEDIAMOVES Thanks to @StoryPartners: Another week, more big hires for @CNN. This time it’s @Yahoo’s Chris Moody, the Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe and the WaPo’s Jeff Simon joining the DC political unit. @Moody starts his new gig as a senior digital correspondent on 10/27, just in time for the mid-term elections. @ajjaffe will cover breaking news. Meanwhile, Mike Magner joins CQ Weekly as managing editor, @magnerNJ currently serves in the same role at National Journal. @TheHill adds its seventh vertical – this one devoted to cybersecurity and specifically within the technology, healthcare and defense industries and the @washingtonpost launches a national weekly edition highlighting the best national and international news of the week. The 24-page tabloid-style publication was rolled out with the Dallas Morning News this past weekend. Finally, Matt Harakal, communications director for Sen. Hatch, leaves Capitol Hill for the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center.

#BYE It’s the freakin’ weekend, go on and have you some fun.

Story Partners, Washington’s leading strategic public affairs firm, hosted a group of industry influential and members of the media for an Election 2014 Pollster Preview at the home of Chairman Gloria Story Dittus. Guests heard from pollsters Amy Walter, Whit Ayres, and Michael Bloomfield about their election predictions and the political implications of the results. The discussion was moderated by Roll Call’s Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni.


From left to right, Gloria Dittus (Story Partners), Whit Ayres (North Star Opinion Research), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), Christina Bellantoni (Roll Call), and Michael Bloomfield (Mellman Group).

Famously Spotted

Steve Hartell of Amazon, Robert Zirkelbach of PhRMA, Katie Zirkelbach of WellPoint, Jeanne Mitchell of Exxon, Tom Altmeyer of Arch Coal, Mike House of Hogan Lovells, Andrew Kovalcin of the U.S. Chamber, Jeanne Wolak of Southern Company, Mary Lyman of NAPTP, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Stephen Replogle of Cove Strategies, Tim Peckinpaugh of K&L Gates, Rob Saliterman of Google, Eric Wohlschlegel of API, Greg Staley of U.S. Travel, Lenwood Brooks of SIFMA, Carol Danko of SIFMA, Nancy Cordes of CBS News, Lauren French of POLITICO, Katie Hinman of CNN, Paul Kane of the Washington Post and Amos Snead, Andrew Fimka, Cameron Coursen, Gabrielle Beaumont, Lauren Culbertson, Patrick O’Connor, Grigsby Crawford and Olivia McDonald of Story Partners.


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#DISTRICT Hammie is the Top Dog on the Hill; the 11th Street Bridge park looks cool; Earmarks and laws, a love story; we’re sure this taxicab protest went well; Close call with ebola, DC; goodbye CityZen; Washingtonian helps you fill in the blanks with what’s missing on WaPo’s Fall Dining guide; terrorism exercise happening this weekend; has Kelly Cohen seen this lionfish?; handguns are still happening; if you haven’t been on the Capitol scaffolding lately, here’s how it looks; Congrats Mattie Duppler!;

#MEDIAMOVES thanks to @StoryPartners; Congrats to Michael Crowley, who moves from TIME over to POLITICO to be senior foreign affairs correspondent. Ryan Teague Beckwith has been named a senior editor at TIME.  The American Conservative has a new national editor, Benjamin Schwarz. WaPo’s Carlos Lozada will be the publication’s nonfiction books editor. James MacGregor is Washington Business Journal’s new publisher.

#BYE Enjoy that beautiful fall y’all.

After five years at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Mattie Duppler is leaving her post as the Director of Budget and Regulatory Policy to move to the hill. She’ll be joining the House Republican Conference chaired by Cathy McMorris Rodgers as their Coalitions Director. In addition to crafting policy, Mattie was a regular the cable news circuit for ATR, appearing as a frequent commentator on MSNBC, Fox Business, Fox News Channel and CNN. She’ll be starting her new gig at the end of the month.

Sandy K. Johnson is the new president of the National Press Foundation in Washington. She lives in Alexandria, where she loves the history vibe. In her off time, she can be found gardening or hiking the Shenandoah Valley and Civil War battlefields. FamousDC caught up with her to ask about the foundation’s mission and presence.

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#DISTRICT Found fundraising email poetry; It’s beginning to look a lot like fall; The Capitol is ready for ebola; 13 secrets of D.C. you may or may not know about; Metro ridership declining; Jon Stewart could have hosted Meet the Press; how much it costs to rent apartments next to Metro stations; National Mall portrait as photographed from space; Washingtonian’s annual Congressional Best & Worst; Super awkward X2 bus driver vs. passenger fight; When will Brian Johnson bring us a Diplomate burger?; the Nationals can win anyone over; artisanal ice ain’t cheap folks; there’s some ISIS graffiti in DC; who else has been to the mysterious chiropractor-dentist in DC?;

#MEDIAMOVES thanks to @StoryPartners: The @NationalJournal staff announces two new hires, @Foxreports jumps from @usnews to cover Congress, while @westonphippen makes the trek north, leaving the Tampa Bay Times to join NJ’s Next America team. @POLITICO continues to make moves, nabbing @TIME senior national correspondent @MikeGrunwald who joins the magazine as a senior staff writer and will serve as EIC of a new project – The Agenda – launching in early ’15. Meanwhile, longtime Boston Globe editor Peter Canellos has been named executive editor of the Rosslyn-based publication, starting in November.  Lisa Desjardins leaves @CNN for PBS Newshour, @LisaDNews will serve as a politics reporter and editor for the nightly news magazine and Vivian Schiller steps down as Twitter’s head of news, announcing her departure how else but through @Twitter? And the question on all our minds, who is the most delightful member of the @WhiteHouse press corps … @PressSec answers:

#HAPPY Happy birthday week to Faith Ammen, Bethany Biskey and Liz Delgado-Steo; happy birthday to Dena Battle; Congratulations Joe Brady & Jessie Cleveland!; Good luck Kenny Ames; Happy birthday Leo Bauza!;

#BYE Stay out of the rain – maybe watch this video.