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Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings take Antone’s back to ’69 January 28, 2008

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By Natalia Ciolko; Photos by Callie Richmond

Another night, another sold-out show. The crowd at Saturday’s Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings performance was demographically quite different from the Lupe Fiasco show, but I don’t doubt that there were quite a few overlappers in attendance and the energy levels were just as sky high.
After one too many spaghetti tunes from the fine Romanian country duo, Ivan Milev Band, who opened up the show, The Dap Kings (made famous from their work last year with both Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse) finally took their rightful place onstage. Details, photos and mp3 after the jump.

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The big band’s Binky Griptite held the crowd in sway from the very first moment—he got a successful call and response vibe going and set the band to playing some hot instrumental funk tracks to warm up the crowd before Miss Jones came on. When she did, it was total uproar throughout the joint. She kicked it off with, “How Do I Let A Good Man Down?” (You let him down easy, but don’t feel too bad. As Sharon said, “If he was really that good I wouldn’t have let him down anyway.”) The horns were blasting, and all of Antone’s felt like a time capsule to 1969. A spark in the air stayed lit for the next hour and a half as the band ripped through at least 15 tracks from all three of their records.

The band had a perfect sense of tempo, and the set wandered from dreamy slow-dance to steamy foot-stomp, a little something for everyone. This was definitely a night of romance—more than a few couples were spotted necking throughout the set.

Miss Jones’ onstage persona is so captivating that it really doesn’t take much imagination to sail away with her to another time. She took the crowd on a history lesson starring West Africa, Blackfoot & Apache tribes, and down home Georgia – singing, dancing, and jumping all the while. At one point, Sharon had to just kick off her shoes to get really low with it. She is simply magnetic.

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A solid encore of three or four songs cemented the night as one to be remembered, even in the capital of live music. Be sure and also check out the Sugarman 3, a group featuring Neil Sugarman, The Dap Kings’ tenor sax player. Also, Elizabeth Meador, who has been traveling with the Dap Kings for the past three months, passed on the word about Budos Band. Budos Band features three of the Dap Kings members: guitarist, baritone sax player and trumpeter. All of these bands have new records out on Daptone Records. Download the single from Sharon and the gang’s latest, 100 Days 100 Nights below.

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – “100 Days 100 Nights”

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