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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea NalleSharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea Nalle

Have we told you lately how much AustinLiveMusic.Org loves Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings?  Probably not since we saw them at SXSW back in March, so it’s worth reiterating.  We LOVE them!  And not just SJDK, but everything coming out of Daptone Records. In case you missed it the first time around, here’s what we had to say about SJDK when we saw them during SXSW:

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea Nalle“Each [Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings] performance is a unique experience to behold.  Sharon Jones is a spectacular vocalist and performer, her dance moves evoke the spirit of James Brown, and the Dap Kings bring the funky soulshine like few others.  Led by Bosco Mann, this group is unbelievably tight, they can – and often do – turn on a dime while leaving plenty of space for Jones to do her thing.  They dance the fine line between sophisticated complexity and simple elegance, and they do it with loads of style.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are the most well known group off the Daptone Records label which is co-owned by Dap King bandleader Bosco Mann and tenor saxophonist Neal Sugarman.  Every single album released on Daptone is well worth your time – and if you are a vinyl enthusiast and funky soul lover as much as I am, I highly recommend getting every Daptone LP and 45 you can get your hands on!!  Seriously!  I am particularly fond of the releases by Sugarman Three, Poets of Rhythm, and Naomi Shelton.  I also have to give a shout out to Dap Kings guitarist Binky Griptite who produces the Ghetto Funk Power Hour radio show which is included in some of the Sharon Jones deluxe cd packages.   He is smart, hilarious, and brings the deep funk back with impeccable class and style.”

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea NalleWe love what Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) has to say about soul in the liner notes of Naturally, “Where have we gone wrong when something so simple and inherent in all of us has become so illusive and difficult to communicate?  Somewhere between banging on logs and the invention of M.I.D.I. technology we have made a terrible wrong turn. We must have ridden right past our stop. We should have stepped down off the train at that moment when rhythm and harmony and technology all culminated to a single Otis Redding whine. That moment of the truest, most genuine expression of what it means to be human.”  Thank you, Bosco, for communicating that soul so clearly in your music.

It’s testament to SJDK’s excellence that we ran into some of Austin’s own finest musicians at the show.  Speaking of, we caught up with the phenomenal JJ Johnson (John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II) and found out that in addition to touring with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, he’s recording a new album with them.  We are looking forward to hearing more from JJ and all his various projects, he’s not just an awesome drummer, he’s a f’in force of nature!  When he’s not on the road, you can catch him playing around town with some of our favorites like Gary Clark Jr. and Ephraim Owens.

Opening for SJDK was an afro-beat funky soul ensemble out of LA called Orgone.  Keep an eye out for them, they’re worth checking out next time they come through your town, with or without Sharon Jones.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea NalleSharon Jones & the Dap Kings photo by Laura Lea Nalle

Written and photographed by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.