#Current10: Atmosphere, J. Roddy Walston, the Trashmen, and PaviElle wow First Avenue | Andrea Swensson | The Current
For the grand finale of #Current10, which came at the end of an action-packed 10-day run of events, hometown heroes Atmosphere, Virginia blues-rockers J. Roddy Walston and the Business, legendary surf quartet the Trashmen, and burgeoning soul artist PaviElle pulled out all the stops to give the First Avenue crowd an unforgettable evening.
PaviElle and her eight-piece band–which includes her brother Ahanti Young and cousin O. Tiyo Siyolo singing back-up vocals, a full horn section, the prodigious jazz keyboardist Ted Godbout, and the producer of her debut album, Casey O’Brien, on bass—came out of the gate swinging, first with a scintillating cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and then her bouncy, funky “Runnin.’” From the moment PaviElle’s booming, commanding, and acrobatic voice rang out into the room she had the audience in the palm of her hand, and the crowd’s astonishment and adoration was palpable.
“Audience, prepare thyselves. Pavielle ’bout to blow your socks off,” I tweeted as the singer took the stage. A few songs later, a fan replied: “Yeah, I think my socks ended up on the balcony.”
PaviElle puts in work up on that stage, and she kept a towel within reach to dab the sweat off her brow as she dug deeper into each new groove and compelled the audience to move along with her. Anytime PaviElle wasn’t singing her heart out she was scanning the audience with a look of utter disbelief, at one point confessing, “I’m feeding off of you guys, you know that right? Let me feel your energy!”