On a Daptone Saturday night

Mrs. Wife and I had a proper night out last Saturday. We saw Daptone recording artists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Ever hear of ’em? Fantastic. They’re funk/soul/rhythm and blues masters. The Dap-Kings are the band you hear backing Amy Winehouse on her stunning Back to Black album. We saw them, appropriately enough, at the beautifully refurbished Count Basie Theater.

It’s a big show with a dozen people on stage. It’s an old-style R&B review with a Master of Ceremonies, opening acts and members of the band given solo turns. But Sharon Jones is the real master. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen someone work a crowd the way she did. She told a great story about how she honed her skills in a wedding band. The band was a bunch of Italians and initially there was some push-back when the leader wanted to hire her. He told his band mates, “I can hire a white girl, but none of them can sing like SHE can.” That settled that.

If they come within shouting distance of your town, do yourself (and your soul) a huge favor and go see them. I guarantee you an unforgettable night. Here’s their tour schedule. Lucky Clevelanders can see them this Saturday night at the Beachland Ballroom. I have half a mind to drive out there and take in the show. And I’m not kidding. Here they are on a segment from Later with Jools Holland. By all means, turn it up, baby.

12 thoughts on “On a Daptone Saturday night

  1. she’s great. makes me sad to hear a voice like that, and see her gruelling tour schedule, and know that the supermodels of pop music are making a gazillion times more scratch for a whole lot less work..

  2. Dolce: True enough, but think about it. It might be worth your while. Daisy lives just up I-71!Daisy: She had a LOT to say about that subject! She said pop singers have no feeling. She said they need to study the old soul classics for an education. She also said we need to fight to not let them take music out of our schools. It was pretty inspirational stuff.

  3. TB: These guys are at the top of their game. They are masters of their craft. I wish I could send everyone to a performance. You can’t NOT like it!Ponita: They travel all over the world so you never know! Check their other YouTube vids, as well.

  4. You can always rely on Jools. She’s great.Are the Dab Kings British? There are elements of The Average White Band (whatever happenened to them) and Ian Dury’s Blockheads.

  5. I’ve been a big fan for several years now and saw them perform at Summerstage a few summers back. Sharon Jones is a real dynamo onstage and it’s so refreshing that a woman who was told she’d never make it in the business is now enjoying the recognition and respect she so deserves. She’s no spring chicken but that gal can sing and it just goes to prove that it’s never too late.

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