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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Concert

First some advice: If you get a chance to see Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings perform live, take it!

Last week I went to see Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings here in Iowa City, and it was up there with the most fun I've had at any show. Right from the start, the band took the stage and informed the crowd that we wouldn't be needing our chairs that night. What followed was one and a half hours of soul, funk, singing, dancing, and just a general air of happiness.

Lead-singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer last year, but it has done nothing to hold her down. Quite to the contrary, Jones sang and danced all night with an energy that would have been impressive from anyone, let alone a 50-something who had just battled cancer. Her positive energy was incredibly infectious too as I'm not sure I've ever smiled more during a concert. Throughout the set, she pulled fans on stage to dance with her, led a dance tutorial of moves from decades past, and just sang and danced her heart out.

The tour was in support of the band's January release "Give The People What They Want." While I haven't written about it yet, it is an excellent album that I've been listening to a lot. Below are two tracks from the album. It may not quite be able to do justice to the band's live show, but it's an excellent stopgap until the next time they visit your town. Enjoy!

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