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Hanukkah happens this year from December 6 to 14, and as always there are some musical ways to celebrate in NYC (plus things for Jews to do at Christmastime). Here's a roundup of some cool options:

It wouldn't be the holidays without a Matisyahu show, and this year he plays on Christmas at City Winery. Tickets, for what it is a pretty intimate show for him, are on presale now.

City Winery also hosts the third annual Christmas Eve for the Jews comedy show with Lenny Marcus, Gary Vider, Moody McCarthy and more. Tickets are on sale.

And as there often are, there are two Klezmer Brunches at City Winery Christmas week: 12/20 and 12/27. Tickets for the first and second are on sale now.

This year, the Schlep Sisters & Thirsty Girl throw their ninth annual Menorah Horah burlesque show on December 12 at The Hall at MP (480 Driggs Ave in Brooklyn). Tickets are available.

The Jewbadours' second annual Last Schmaltz, which offers "Pop classics of late 70's and early 80's through the prism of the New York Jewish Experience," happens December 22 at Highline Ballroom with special guests Julian Velard, Ari Hest, Colin Smith, Amanda Brown, Chrissi Poland, Kimberly Nichole, Toby Lightman and more TBA. Tickets are available.

Le Poisson Rouge hosts 'The Friday Night Jam' on December 11 with Rabbi Dan Ain, Relix's Mike Greenhaus, and special guest Ryan Miller of Guster. It's a conversation/audience Q&A, and Ryan will be playing a short set. They'll also do the Friday Night blessings and each person gets a drink and a "festive snack." Tickets are available.

The Poppy Seed Players will put on a re-imagining of the Hanukkah story, Judy & the Maccabees, on December 13 at the Kaufman Center at 11 AM. "At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem." Tickets are on sale.

Also at the Kaufman Center (12/13) later that night: The Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded will provide an evening with "four centuries of music in celebration of Hanukkah as well as additional works by American and Israeli composers." Tickets are on sale.

Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats usually play a Christmas day show, and while they haven't announced one as of now, they're playing the Jewish day school Magen David Yeshivah on December 7 in Brooklyn. They also just put out a new song, "Latke Recipe," which reworks Walk The Moon's "Shut Up And Dance" to be about a Hanukkah dinner ("up and dance with me" becomes "latke recipe"). You can watch the video below.

That Sharon Jones holiday album we just posted about isn't only Christmas songs. She's got a song on there called "8 Days of Hanukkah," which she also released as a 45. You can pick it up here. She plays the WFUV holiday show at the Beacon with Brandi Carlile and Dawes.

Sadly, the annual Yo La Tengo shows are no more (ever since Maxwell's changed owners), so you'll have to wait for their Spring 2016 tour to see them in the NYC-area.

What else?

Continue reading "Hanukkah 2015 events in NYC: Matisyahu, The Maccabeats, The Last Schmaltz, Menorah Horah, Sharon Jones & more"

Dap Kings Holiday LP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings just released It's a Holiday Soul Party, which features a mix of covers and originals, including their previously-released "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects," and a song called "8 Days (Of Hannukkah)."  They've just shared a video for "White Christmas," which you can watch, along with a stream of the LP via Spotify, below.

In other news, documentary Miss Sharon Jones just had its U.S. premiere at DOC NYC Fest last week, and she and the Dap-Kings have some shows and appearances coming up, both holiday-related and not. They're playing that WFUV Holiday Show with Brandi Carlisle and Dawes at the Beacon Theatre on December 4 (tickets). They'll also be playing the Tibet House Benefit on February 22 at Carnegie Hall with Iggy Pop, Basia Bulat, FKA Twigs and others. And they will be opening for Hall & Oates at MSG on February 19. Tickets for that are still on sale.

All Sharon Jones tour dates are listed, along with the "White Christmas" video and holiday album stream, below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings released new holiday LP, share "White Christmas" video ++ updated tour dates"

photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The 26th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert happens February 22, 2016 at Carnegie Hall, and the initial lineup has just been announced. As usual, it includes artistic director Philip Glass, and it includes the return of Iggy Pop, plus Basia Bulat, Sharon Jones, FKA twigs and Dechen Shak-Dagsay & Helge van Dyk. Tickets are on sale now.

Basia Bulat, who has a new band with Arcade Fire members and a Jim James-produced album on the way, also has tour dates of her own, including SXSW and NYC in April.

DOC NYC 2016

The 2016 DOC NYC Festival happens from November 12 - 19 and includes a number of music films on this year's roster, including Peelander-Z's Mad Tiger and Miss Sharon Jones!. Other screenings include: the US premiere of Blur: New World Towers (11/15 @ SVA Theatre) which follows the band as they make this year's The Magic Whip; the NYC premiere of  Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (11/14 @ IFC Center) which peeks behind the curtain (but not the masks) of one of the most enigmatic and weird groups ever; and Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Blue Girl (11/15 @ SVA Theatre). There are also screenings of Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a 45th anniversary screening of Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter, and more.

There's lots more than music, obviously, at DOC NYC and you can check out their full 2016 lineup and schedule. Tickets and passes are on sale now.

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones' cancer sadly returned but she's still fighting and touring soon. When we last posted, her schedule included a couple shows just outside of NYC (Newark and Tarrytown) and now it's got one happening in the city.

Sharon and the Dap-Kings play this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 4 with Brandi Carlile & Friends and Dawes. They'll be playing songs off their upcoming holiday album, due 10/30 via Daptone. Tickets for that show are on WFUV, local and Chase preasles now (password = SOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with a stream of the Dap-Kings' recently released single "Thunderclap," below.

Also as discussed, the US premiere of her new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! happens in NYC on November 12 at SVA Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Daptone news, NYC afrobeat band The Budos Band have announced a hometown show for December 12 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. Their only other date we're currently aware of is in San Francisco this November.

As you may know, fellow NYC Daptone afrobeat band Antibalas have an upcoming hometown residency happening October 28, November 4, 11, and 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with different guest each night. Since we last spoke, soul singer (and Daptone associate) Lee Fields was revealed as the guest for the final night. The other guests are The Funk Ark (10/28), EMEFE (11/4) and Superhuman Happiness (11/11). Tickets for all four are still available.

And lastly, another soul singer, Daptone artist and Budos Band collaborator, Charles Bradley, also has some shows coming up. One is in the NYC-area, opening for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He's also got some shows with Grace Potter, and he plays New Year's Eve in DC. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones playing WFUV holiday show with Brandi Carlile & Dawes +++ Budos Band, Lee Field & Charles Bradley shows"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones at the Apollo

We are sad to report that Sharon Jones' cancer has returned, news she broke at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival on Friday (9/11) where she was to help promote Miss Sharon Jones!, a new documentary of which she's the subject. "I start chemo on Wednesday," she told the crowd. "But I'm gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go." Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but with surgery and treatment was declared cancer-free in February of 2014. Our thoughts are with you Sharon, and we're wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

Staying positive: Miss Sharon Jones! was made by acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Koppel (Harlan County, USA) and follows the soul singer for a year as Jones and The Dap Kings try to work around Jones' treatment to complete their 2014 album Give the People What They Want and prep for its ensuing world tour. The documentary will make its New York debut at the 2015 DOC NYC fest as the opening night film, screening November 12 at the SVA Theatre. Ticket info is TBA.

Meanwhile, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will have a new holiday album, It's A Holiday Soul Party, that's out October 30 via Daptone. They've also got songs on the forthcoming Daptone Gold Vol. 2 which is out this Friday (9/18). And, for now at least, Jones & the Dap Kings are continuing to tour, including this weekend's Telluride Blues & Brews Fest. Other dates on the later horizon include one at the New Jersery Performing Arts Center on November 14 with Diane Reeves (tickets). All scheduled dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones' cancer has returned, starts treatment this week: "I'm gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go""


Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr have now made their own album, titled Look Closer, which is out May 19 via Daptone (of course). We've got the premiere of the video for Look Closer's title track which is a funny look at Daptone's talent search. Made by directors Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basuwhich at Daptone's House of Soul HQ in Bushwick, the video also features a cameo from Sharon Jones. Watch it (along with an outtakes/blooper reel) below.

Saun & Starr, who played Rough Trade on Record Store Day, will be playing on Friday and Saturday (5/8 & 5/9) at Ginny's Supper Club in Harlem. There are 7:30 and 9:30 PM shows both nights and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the shows, below...

Continue reading "Saun & Starr releasing 'Look Closer' on Daptone (watch the video featuring Sharon Jones), playing Harlem this weekend"

by Bill Pearis

David Byrne (via @estee_p)
Alexis Krauss (via @iambrianscottk)
Sharon Jones & Davied (via @sharonjones)

Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.

The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."

Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas

"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."

It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.

The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.

Continue reading "David Byrne covered 'Uptown Funk,' honored at Carnegie Hall tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle & more (pics, video, setlist)"


Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Wilco announce 2015 Solid Sound Festival lineup ++++++++ also playing Gathering of the Vibes & other dates"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green, and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff added to Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall"

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones had an amazing 2014 that included being nominated for a Grammy at the age of 59 and beating cancer! She and the Dap Kings performed on Conan, Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, KCRW, Jay Leno, CBS This Morning, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Queen Latifah Show. They performed at a Knicks game inside MSG, toured, played the Beacon, played a free NYC show and Afropunk Fest, and sold out shows at the Apollo before ending the year with two New Year's shows at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have a lot to celebrate, and today they released a new song! Listen to "Little Boys With Shiny Toys" below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014
Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones

Brooklyn's Daptone record label, the soul outfit whose ear for talent and eye for period-correct detail has put it in the forefront of a revivalist wave, had few choices when it came to recording its first live-in-concert label showcase. How could they not go to the Apollo, that cradle of talent immortalized by James Brown on one of the greatest concert recordings ever?

Brown's memory was invoked more than once Saturday, the closing of a three-night "Daptone Super Soul Revue" that served, at various moments, as coming-out party, effusive comeback celebration, and defiant jam session. The crackerjack production whisked six acts on and off the stage seamlessly over the course of three hours, one group starting before the previous one's ovation had died down. Those transitions were helped, of course, by the overlapping nature of the bands, with label owners Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) and Neal Sugarman frequently among the instrumentalists backing up assorted vocalists. - [The Hollywood Reporter]

Last weekend was the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre. We were there for the big finale on Saturday (12/6) and pictures from the whole night are in this post.

Lineups were different each night but all three featured Sharon Jones who had the crowd eating out of her hand -- and dancing in the aisles -- the whole time. Equally show-stopping was Charles Bradley, who also played all three shows, and whose time as a James Brown tribute act prepped him for the night. His dance moves and give-110%-stage-performance made for a memorable part of the night. As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter review above, it was a seamless three hours of music, with no downtime in between acts. (Saun & Star, Naomi Shelton, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band and the night's MC, Binky Griptite, were also part of the celebration.) The night finished with everyone on stage for, naturally, a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "It's a Family Affair."

Antibalas were on the first two nights, but unfortunately not the one we caught. All three nights were filmed for a film (and surely a live album). We look forward to that. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have a few dates on their schedule, including New Year's Eve shows in San Francisco. Those dates are listed, along with lots more pics from the final night of the Daptone Super Soul Revue, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley & more played the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at The Apollo (pics from night 3)"


This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

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The Daptone label is throwing a three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at NYC's The Apollo on December 4,5 & 6 with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley playing all three nights. The lineups otherwise vary a bit but are as follows:

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8p.m. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Antibalas, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & Starr

Friday, December 5, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, The Como Mamas
Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & Starr
The shows are being recorded by Daptone's in-house engineers for a live album to be titled the Daptone Soul Revue, Live at the Apollo. Tickets for these special night go on sale Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM with a Daptone presale (password: DAPTONEFIRST) starting Tuesday (9/16) at 10 AM.

Charles Bradley, meanwhile, plays Beacon Theatre on October 4 opening for Afghan Whigs (tickets). Sharon Jones in currently in Australia on tour. All tour dates for Jones and Bradley are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley & more playing 3-night Daptone 'Super Soul Revue' at The Apollo for live LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest

After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.

It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.

...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.

"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]

The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.

More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...

Continue reading "Afropunk Festival 2014 in pics & videos (D'Angelo, Bad Brains w/ guests, Body Count, Fishbone, Shabazz Palaces, more)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Jones cutting a rug w/ audience member @ Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Jones waltzed through her catalog with tight vocal technique, annunciation and grit on her fast paced jams and sweet flow on her ballads. She covered Gladys Knight and humorously imitated Tina Turner. Jones had it all - humor, personality, moves, energy and incredible talent. - The Examiner
Modern soul purveyors Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings played a triumphant set last week, closing out the first night of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in downtown Manhattan. The crowd was eating it up, and she even brought up a couple audience members to dance onstage. We've got pictures of the show -- including opening sets from the No BS Brass Band and Lake Street Dive -- in this post.

Meanwhile, Jones's label Daptone has a bunch of stuff going on these days. NYC funk chameleons The Budos Band are prepping a new album called Burnt Offering, out 10/21, and have have just released a single called "The Sticks," which supposedly takes its inspiration from Black Sabbath and Pentagram, which strange as it may sound is a pretty good look for them. Budos Band have a tour coming up and they'll play in NYC at The Wick on October 25. tickets are available now. All dates are listed below.

Labelmate Naomi Shelton also has a new release on the way, with Cold World coming out on July 29. She'll also be playing that free Rough Trade show we told you about on the day the album drops. All dates are listed below.

Finally, Charles Bradley, another Daptone artist, has a new single out with LaRose Jackson that's exclusive to 7". Its called "Luv Jones" and it can be previewed below and ordered here. Bradley will be on tour for much of the rest of this year, including a couple NYC shows that we've already mentioned -- a free Llincoln Center Out of Doors show on 8/10 and a Beacon Theatre show in October with the Afghan Whigs. Check out the full list of Bradley dates below.

More pictures from Night 1 of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest, as well as streams for the new Budos Band song, the Charles Bradley preview, and upcoming dates for Budos Band, Naomi Shelton, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Charles Bradley, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones played a free NYC show (pics) ++ Budos Band, Naomi Shelton, Charles Bradley & other Daptone news/dates"

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Beacon Theater in February (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

The free Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival is back in 2014, happening July 16 & 17 at Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place in downtown NYC. Lineup this year includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, John Hiatt, Robert Cray and more. Specifically:

July 16
6:00 PM - No BS! Brass Band
7:00 PM - Lake Street Dive
8:30 PM - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

July 17
6:00 PM - James Carter Organ Trio
7:00 PM - The Robert Cray Band
8:45 PM - John Hiatt & The Combo

Free tickets for seating will be distributed two-per-person, starting at 3 PM on day of show on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Tickets are only needed for the seated section, standing room space is not ticketed (but space is limited).

The show is one of a few North American dates for Sharon who has a busy year of touring ahead. All Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings dates are listed below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Sharon Jones @ Beacon Theatre, 2/6/2014
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

"Since I don't have hair, I'm gonna shake my head!" The only notable difference between the Jones we knew before Give The People What They Want and the Jones we know now is that she's no longer sporting braids. Before catapulting into a one-woman dance marathon that covered everything from The Jerk to The Twist to James Brown's Camel Walk, Jones headbanged without hair while cracking jokes at her own expense. (And who said you need hair to headbang, anyway? It's not "hairbanging.") - [Village Voice]
Now cancer-free and with a terrific new album out, Sharon Jones had some celebrating to do with The Dap-Kings at Beacon Theatre last week (2/6), putting on a jubilous show with no signs of being worse for wear. Pictures from her set, including ones of opener Valerie June, are in this post. Sharon we're glad you're back and feeling great.

It's a good thing too, as Jones & the Dap-Kings will be basically touring nonstop from now till May. All tour dates are listed below. Sharon will also be doing an "iTunes Q&A" which happens on Twitter (that's right) on Wednesday (2/12) at 3 PM EST -- hashtag #AskSharon. She also did an iTunes guest DJ session which you can listen to here.

More pics from Beacon Theatre below....

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings played Beacon Theatre w/ Valerie June (pics), doing a Q&A on Twitter ++ tour dates"

Valerie June at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Newcomer powerhouse vocalist Valerie June has been announced as the support act for a more veteran powerhouse singer, Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings, on their upcoming North American tour. As discussed, that tour begins in NYC on February 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with streams from both artists, below...

Continue reading "Valerie June to support Sharon Jones on tour (updated dates)"


Following cancer treatment and recovery time, Sharon Jones is back in action, as you may know, with her new album, Give the People What They Want, out January 14 on Daptone. Her previously-announced Beacon Theater show on February 6, to which there are still tickets, will be the start of a just-announced full two-month North American tour. Tickets for the tour are on pre-sale now and if you buy through Sharon Jones' site, you get a copy of the new record. (That deal is only for the pre-sale, sorry NYC.) All dates are listed in this post.

Before that, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will be performing in NYC on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 AM at CPW/77th St and finishes in Herald Square at noon. For those who don't live here (and those who do and don't go to the parade [most of us]), you can watch live coverage on NBC.

All dates are listed, along with a making-of version of her animated "Retreat!" video, below...

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Sharon Jones

Back in June, we posted the unfortunate news that Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and had to postpone her album and tour. She since underwent a successful surgery, and it's now been announced that her new album, Give the People What They Want, is finally set to drop on January 14. What's more, she's also announced that she'll return to the stage with a hometown show on February 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. Happy to see you're doing well, Sharon!

Sharon just released the video for the new album's single, "Retreat!," which you can watch below...

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Sharon Jones

As we hated announcing, Sharon Jones was recently diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer which caused her to cancel a bunch of shows and delay a new album release. We're now happy to say that last night Sharon said she is "Out of surgery, and I am feeling better than I ever expected. The nurses at the hospital are taking care of me and I am feeling so grateful." One day earlier she posted the above picture with the message "In the waiting room about to go into surgery. Thank you all for your love and support. Pictured above me is the Dr. who created the medical procedure that will get me healthy again!" That came shortly after "Today is the day of my procedure. Thank you friends, fans and family, I'm nervous, but I feel strong because of your love and support."

We do love you Sharon. Rest up and get well soon!

Sharon Jones

Sharon, we're wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Get well soon!



Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings regret to announce that plans to tour and release their upcoming album in 2013 have been postponed. Give The People What They Want will NOT be released on 26th August 2013 as previously scheduled.

Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread. It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will be back before you know it, with a new release date and rescheduled tours worldwide.

Sharon would like her fans to know that she is anxious to get back on her feet, and that she is "down, but not out!"

"Over the last few weeks I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it's operable and curable! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!" Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings were supposed to play a Brooklyn show in Prospect Park for GoogaMooga last month and dropped off last minute though they never would have gotten to play anyway.

Kool & the Gang (not a recent picture)

Bummer news from GoogaMooga:

We regret to share the news but due to an urgent family matter, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are unable to perform as scheduled this weekend. Sharon and the Dap-Kings are all tremendously disappointed they are unable to appear at GoogaMooga and trust fans will understand. They hope to see everyone at another show soon.

While GoogaMooga will miss Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and wishes them all the best, we are thankful and excited to announce that festival goers will still be able to get their moves and grooves on with Kool & The Gang, who will now headline the Nethermead Stage on Sunday, May 19 at 6:45pm.

Well that makes Sunday officially Ladies Night now? While general admission tickets to Saturday and Sunday are gone, you can still buy tickets to the (very) early evening kickoff show on Friday (5/18) with The Darkness, Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And if you do that, "All Friday General Admission tickets will include a guaranteed General Admission ticket to Great GoogaMooga on either Saturday or Sunday."

Classic Kool & the Gang video below...

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