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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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  • Born: Augusta, GA
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://sharonjonesandthedapkings.com/
  • Recent Activity: 09.22.14 RT @ksundy14: @sharonjones a bar and bar man on stage... Well done!!!
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy -- her Dap-Kings.

Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island.

It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy) ensued. In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. Jones also had a bit part The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in 2010.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
10.23.14 Albert Hall Manchester, Bolton UK
10.24.14 O2 ABC Glasgow Glasgow, Rfw UK
10.25.14 Mandela Hall Belfast, Belfast UK
10.28.14 Colston Hall Bristol, Bst UK
10.29.14 Brighton Dome Brighton, Bnh UK
11.02.14 La Laiterie Strasbourg, Bas-rhin France
11.07.14 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
12.04.14 Apollo Theater New York, NY US
12.05.14 Apollo Theater New York, NY US
12.06.14 Apollo Theater New York, NY US

eMusic Features

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Sharon Jones is Gonna Be Just Fine

By Amanda Petrusich, Contributor

Sharon Jones paws through her handbag and emerges with a pocket-sized, navy-blue vaporizer that vaguely resembles an up-market ballpoint pen — the kind a mid-level executive might get as a retirement gift. "Amanda, look, no smell," she says, taking a tiny puff. I mumble that I'm vaguely familiar with the technology. What I fail to tell her is that I do not possess the balls to smoke weed in the middle of a half-empty pub… more »

Video from YouTube

  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights" Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" (Official Music Video) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" (Official Music Video)
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Making Up And Breaking Up (Bing Lounge) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Making Up And Breaking Up (Bing Lounge)
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performing "Stranger To My Happiness" Live on KCRW Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performing "Stranger To My Happiness" Live on KCRW

Activity

  • 09.22.14 RT @ksundy14: @sharonjones a bar and bar man on stage... Well done!!!
  • 09.22.14 RT @wtf_paris: .@sharonjones a annoncé ses dates européennes pour l'automne : http://t.co/503aiei0aq
  • 09.22.14 RT @benwpratt: Thanks for an awesome show last night @sharonjones. Givin' the people what they want http://t.co/lQCraYGgrV
  • 09.22.14 RT @Lurleen001: @sharonjones and @The_DapKings got the #melbournetownhall shaking last night! #Melbourne #2014 #amazingshow http://t.co/fh2…
  • 09.22.14 RT @brookysbazaar: Sharon Jones' journey from prison guard to soul diva http://t.co/DhwvyHKpBs @abc730 @sharonjones @DaptoneRecords #soul #…
  • 09.22.14 RT @profi_youth: The »TMR« Observer is out! http://t.co/6iiW3sz0Lt Stories via @sharonjones @gerritvanaaken
  • 09.22.14 RT @AussieScenes: At http://t.co/pMUxNdXI3b -- We had the incredible opportunity of meeting @sharonjones and @the_dapkings on Thursday nigh…
  • 09.22.14 RT @DiDarling: “100 Days, 100 Nights” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (@sharonjones) is my new jam. Listen: http://t.co/zfSEYSHhG1
  • 09.22.14 RT @ApolloTheater: New Additions 2 our 2014Season! @SharonJones @HarryBelafonte #LouisArmstrong @IrvinMayfieldJr @MaxiPriest #LizzWright ht…
  • 09.22.14 RT @fultonstband: Two incredible shows! Two unforgettable nights with @sharonjones and @The_DapKings. http://t.co/sgQGeGZzXD
  • 09.20.14 RT @brooklynvegan: Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley & more playing 3-night Daptone 'Super Soul Revue' at The Apollo for live LP http://t.co/tQ…
  • 09.19.14 Afterparty in Melbourne tonight! At Boney, 68 Lt Collins St, 11:30 on. Dap-King DJ Bugaloo!