Sharon Jones’ show should come with a warning. Because you might think that you’ve been going to see some good shows lately — the newest buzz bands, the best reformed underground psych bands, or just really solid touring acts — but you haven’t. No, unless you’re regularly seeing Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, you haven’t been seeing much of anything.
Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to oldies or maybe it’s my Otis Redding-loving father’s influence, but I think 60s/70s R&B is just about as good as it gets. And call me crazy, but it seems that Sharon Jones would agree. Her show had all the elements you should take away from old concerts and live recordings of Otis Redding, the Ike & Tina Revue and a dozen other great bands. They had a long instrumental introduction wherein the guitarist of the Dap-Kings warmed us up before Sharon came out, then she later did a long medley of classic R&B dances, and — most important of all — she had an incredibly tight group and a commanding stage presence.
So really, I don’t know what else to say other than “she was incredible.” The songs I didn’t know, I loved, and the ones I did know, I loved even more. Jim James from My Morning Jacket was there and that made me worry that he might get on stage with her and it might kill me. But luckily I survived the night, because it was Sharon Jones and the Dap-King’s time to shine.
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