Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

(US)
old school soul, funk, R&B

A treat for all, who miss the downhome funkiness and bluesy soul of Stax records from the 60/70’s Memphis. Old school truly lives in the less-is-more sound of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, though the songs are brand new and original. Deep soul & uncut funk, no artificial sweetening!

The band’s down-to-earth combination happened, when New York’s young funk fanatics found themselves an ideal singer in the older and experienced Jones. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised there and in Brooklyn, Sharon learned to testify, shout and scream in the church. She and the boys have played a staggering amount of gigs and have been for years the darlings of hardcore soul freaks. Their deliciously rough & tuff third album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, reached a larger audience, when Amy Winehouse named Sharon as an inspiration and borrowed Dap-Kings to bring that crucial raw soul sound to her hits. The fan base will definitely grow even more with the new album I Learned The Hard Way, as it cuts like a knife through all the over-produced and not very funky soft soul polluting the airwaves.

Jones also sings in the Lou Reed’s documentary Berlin and plays the role of a barrelhouse singer in the movie The Great Debator, starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.

Lineup

Name
Instrument
Crispiano Joe
guitar
Gastelum Cochemea
baritone saxophone
Guy David
trumpet
Jones Sharon
vocals
Bosco Mann
bass
Steinweiss Homer
drums
Binky Griptite
guitar
Sugarman Neil
tenor saxophone
Boogaloo Velez
congas

Performances in 2010

Date
Time
Venue
24.07.2010
14.00
Kirjurinluoto Arena
23.07.2010
21.00
LP45!