photos by Natasha Ryan
"Sharon and the band played a mix of their last two albums, several awesome new songs that they are still working on, as well as amazing covers of Sam Cooke and Gladys Night numbers -- "A Change is Gonna Come"! It was the best concert of theirs that I've seen so far.Daptone had a rollercoaster of a holiday weekend. It all started on Friday the 13th. Daptone's most prominent performer, Sharon Jones, headlined her first of two nights at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square in NYC. She was backed, as always, by the Dap Kings who share members with Daptone's own Menahan Street Band who were the opener that night. One night later, Saturday the 14th, Valentine's Day, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings took the same stage for the second night in a row. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, another Daptone band, opened that time. And on Sunday they rested, but not for long. That night, Daptone Records' Brooklyn homebase/studio/office was robbed, and just days before ROD STEWART was/is scheduled "to lay down some music". Needless to say, it was not a happy President's Day in Bushwick.
The opening act, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, were tremendous, laying down soulful and energetic spirituals that had us dancing and singing along. It was like the funkiest gospel church service you ever went to with 600 other NYC hipsters.
Then the Dap Kings came on in full force with three backup singers, full horn section, timpani, and five strings players. Holy crap they laid down a powerful sound in that theater!
But of course the true force to be reckoned with was Ms. Sharon Jones herself. She strutted on stage in a shimmery red dress and shiny silver heels -- that that she later discarded because they were getting in the way of her dancing. Sharon gave us an incredible performance lasting nearly two hours straight. Not bad for a woman soon to be 54."
[The Click Heard Around the World]
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More pictures of the headliner from Friday night's show, below...