A soul revue of eight airtight musicians travels through groovy songs showcasing two strutting backup singers. If the crowd is already gyrating with joy and anticipation when the lead singer arrives, her hands held high and earrings dancing, what is the name of this funk-bound train? Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings!
Led by bassist Bosco Mann, the group (including three horns and a percussionist), dapperly dressed in suits and ties, maintained a hypnotic side to side sway as they rocked vintage instruments on tracks such as “I Learned the Hard Way”, “100 Days…100 Nights”, and “Retreat” at the House of Blues in San Diego on Sunday, March 23rd.
Touring in support of their latest album, Give the People What They Want (QRO review), the band did exactly that, transporting the audience to the golden age of soul, the late 1960s/early 1970s. The tour guide for the journey was the vivacious Jones.
A force of nature, Jones’s soaring vocals, shining eyes, and fancy footwork were infectious. Recognizing a kindred spirit, Jones pulled a woman onstage from the audience… then, two men. Soon, the band was buried among the gravitational mass of audience members shaking their moneymakers.
The stage cleared, Jones blew the roof off the house with a “Whoa, whoa, whoa!” rich rendition of “This Land Is Your Land”.
Attendees were now slightly younger and happier than the general population. There is something right with a world that has Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings performing in it.