Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

A human dynamo who at age 50 has more electrifying energy than entire—hell, multiple—bands a fraction her age, Sharon Jones may not have Tina Turner's legs, as she says, but she's sure got the voice, the spirit, and the moves. Only in the last few years has Jones, after hooking up with the rudiments of what would become her muscular band, the Dap-Kings, emerged into the spotlight as a no-holds-barred soul and R&B diva in the classic sense of Motown and Memphis. She honed her big, glorious voice singing gospel growing up in Augusta, Georgia, then spent decades as an unheralded backup singer until even those jobs dried up and she wound up guarding prisoners at New York's notorious Riker's Island and shipments for Wells Fargo. To see her and her horn-blasting Dap-Kings now is like revisiting a sweaty soul revue at the Apollo three or four decades back: frenetic stepping out by Jones, swaggering horns, tumultuous rhythms, searing guitar, and fresh soul, funk, and R&B nuggets that easily slip alongside vintage material. Their latest, 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone), has even generated radio play for the title track and the wrenching "Something's Changed." All ages. $27.50. 7:30 p.m. 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007.
Tue., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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