The Bayonne Experience


Late, late Friday night/early Saturday morning, those at Schubas Tavern were treated to the musical stylings of Bayonne (Roger Sellers) as part of a Pitchfork aftershow .

When his equipment was getting set up, it looked a lot to me like it was going to be a DJ set, despite the fact that he is adamant about the fact that he is not a DJ. ¬†When Bayonne took the stage, I was curious to see how he would manage¬†all the equipment at the same time. ¬†I decided pretty quickly into the set that Bayonne was NOT ¬†a DJ, but I also didn’t know where he fit on the music spectrum. ¬†He seems to be something entirely different and new, and I had a hard time focusing on the fact that I was supposed to be taking pictures, not starting with my mouth open at what was happening on stage. ¬†IMG_7498

Bayonne was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. ¬†The one-man show kept me captivated throughout the entire set, which seemed to go by unusually fast. ¬†What an eccentric mind he has! ¬†I would love to live in his head for a day to see if it works like everyone else’s. ¬†I have a sneaky feeling that he sees in sounds and hears in colors, and that he experiences life a lot different from the rest of us. ¬†The setlist was fluid, with one song running into another. ¬†Sellers would occasionally stop to say something funny to the crowd, but apart from that, he was in his own world doing what he does best. ¬†His songs are unique, his dance moves are¬†quirky, and he has the voice of an angel.

If you missed him this time around, make sure you see him next time he’s in Chicago. ¬†It will be quite the experience!

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