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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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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
06.05.15 Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, CA US
06.06.15 Greek Theatre - Berkeley Berkeley, CA US
06.07.15 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA US
06.13.15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO US
06.23.15 Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills, MI US
06.25.15 Eastman Theatre Rochester, NY US
06.26.15 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH US
06.27.15 The Rose Music Center at The Heights Huber Heights, OH US
07.30.15 Seaside Park Bridgeport, CT US
08.07.15 Logger Sports Grounds Squamish, BC Canada

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 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
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings "Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut" Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings "Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut"
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings i'm not gonna cry Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings i'm not gonna cry
  • thumbnail from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True (Live at SXSW) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True (Live at SXSW)

Activity

  • 02.19.15 RT @IMPOSE: We saw @sharonjones and @The_DapKings at the @KimmelCenter. http://t.co/c4f69cQlMf http://t.co/8g95ViXvey
  • 02.19.15 RT @DaptoneRecords: Coming @recordstoreday 2015 - @sharonjones & @The_DapKings "Little Boys with Shiny Toys" 45! #RSD15 #wewantsharon http:…
  • 02.19.15 RT @distillerpromo: At radio now! “@kexpplaylist: Little Boys with Shiny Toys by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings” @sharonjones @The_DapKings…
  • 02.15.15 Cool photo by @ohshervin taken in Philadelphia on Friday! http://t.co/O1bo7L6JXF
  • 02.15.15 RT @amazonmusic: Take it uptown with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, and more: http://t.co/WCj9fWkgVh http://t.co/zUvadrTJA4
  • 02.13.15 RT @DaptoneRecords: Download @sharonjones & @The_DapKings "Little Boys with Shiny Toys" via @TheKeyXPN! SJDK are playing Philly TONIGHT! ht…
  • 02.08.15 We're about to be on #GRAMMYLive! #R&BAlbum http://t.co/UemAsJbu5h
  • 02.08.15 The mayor of Augusta, GA named it Sharon Jones Day today! Thanks Augusta! #AugustaGotSoul #sharonjonesday http://t.co/EHUmfSgTNQ
  • 02.07.15 Augusta: Come shake your tail feather at the official SJDK after party at Sky City. #AugustaGotSoul #AGS #SoulParty http://t.co/F4jImGevU7
  • 02.05.15 RT @kexpplaylist: Little Boys with Shiny Toys by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings from the album Single
  • 02.03.15 RT @Zumic: Last night, Sharon Jones and the Dapettes brought old school soul to Letterman. Watch: http://t.co/78gIF48dtI http://t.co/mVzEaJ…
  • 02.03.15 RT @LifeandTimes: Soulstress @SharonJones speaks on 2015 Grammy nomination: http://t.co/RqdaLAi9gG http://t.co/XyFWDfneyS