Friday, October 02, 2009
Last night my dear wife and I went to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. I happened to stumble upon this cd a while back, and we both liked it a lot. Then she was on Austin City Limits, and pretty much tore it up live. So it was a must-see situation. (Plus it was free! And it was on our anniversary!) Charles Walker and the Dynamites opened (I guess it was an and the kind of evening). Mr. Walker is a veteran soul artist who's been recording since the '60s, and he's having a late-career resurgence backed by a bunch of young Nashville musicians. He's pretty amazing. Sharon Jones was great too--she's probably only, what, five feet two, but she has this incredible energy, and her band is tight and funky as hell. At one point in her show she has to take her shoes off so she can really, truly get down--I mean, she just goes off in this paroxysm of stomping, shaking soul dancing. It's a sight to behold. The (mostly white) crowd was way into it. (One could probably write a dissertation about old-school funk & soul bands and the makeup of their audiences, but I won't go into that here). I'll just say it was a great night of music here in Music City. Sharon Jones is a force of nature, my friends. You should see her live if you ever get the chance.