Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are a rip roaring soul/funk outfit from Brooklyn who are here to promote a new album “Soul time!” with what promises to be a lively show. In terms of a dynamic set, real energy and sheer pace of performance, they’ve always reminded me of Dyke and the Blazers, a comparison I’m sure they could probably live with. The band comprises drums, bass, horns and guitarist/MC, the wonderfully monikered Mr. Binky Griptite. They play fast and tight and were used my Mark Ronson on over half of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album.
Mr. Griptite introduces the band, the songs and the star of the show Ms Sharon Jones, who’s a soul singer in the Etta James school of real singers. She sweats, growls, screams and croons, along the way showing us how to do the “Funky chicken” and “The pony” in a Rufus Thomas stylee. Things get a little serious when she tells us that she lost her mother only a few days prior to this gig, but this leads into a Gospel tinged sermon and a genuinely heartfelt tribute to Etta James, Whitney Houston and of course Amy Winehouse – a burst of song mimicking each of the deceased songstresses showing that Ms Jones can match the vocal range of them all.
Catch ’em live if you can, an old school soul revue from a modern day band.