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Live Review / Photos: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens @ Ramshead Live (2009.05.07)


All photos: Greg Szeto

Editor’s Note: If you look closely, you’ll see one Victoria Legrand from a little band called Beach House, playing backup dancer for Ms Sharon Jones.

Even though I have read about the history of now defunct Desco Records in the newspaper of record, I had never really heard of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings before. A name like that is like a secret code for soul, and they proved that they’ve got it in spades.

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Contest: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Rams Head Live


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MP3: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights from 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007)

This is easy as pie.  Comment with a reason why you’ve got soul (or you need to find it) and I’ll enter your name for 2 tickets to Sharon Jones (Wiki) @ Rams Head Live next Thursday (May 7).  I can personally vouch it’ll be a phenomenal show as I fondly recall being transfixed to the stage by her roaring vocals and the big-n-bold bodied horns of the DAP Kings at Bonnaroo last year.

On May 5th, you can catch a Sharon Jones rarity of sorts, as she covers Bob Marley’s “It Hurts To Be Alone” for Causes 2, the second album in a series from Waxploitation to benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam America (principally their efforts in Darfur).  So take the $60 you are saving by winning these tickets, and spend a portion of it on that album.