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posted Friday, September 7, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 36
Sharon Jones brings the funk to Key Arena
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Sharon Jones brings the funk to Key Arena

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
KEY ARENA
September 2


There were probably some folks gathered inside Key Arena who weren't familiar with Sharon Jones, or who may have heard of her by name only. But when the sassy R&B artist had finished mopping up the stage, it was a sure bet that no one would soon be forgetting her.

Jones, a singer known for her old-school style of soul music, was a lively opening act for Tony Bennett at Bumbershoot. This woman can work a crowd, and she had the audience totally in her grasp throughout the concert.

Introduced by her band, an entourage of eight men dressed handsomely in various colored suits, Jones was a big ball of energy from the start. The group's hour-long show included a brassy, fast-paced version of 'He Said I Can' and a smooth take on the Motown favorite 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine.'

'It is such an honor being here today,' said the Georgia-born vocalist. Later in the show, Jones playfully complained that Bennett has collaborated with so many other artists but never with her. Time will tell if her wish ever comes true, although she sang a few bars of 'Moon River' to state her case.

During a song-and-dance medley, Jones wowed the audience with a range of moves that showcased everything from the Twist to the Mashed Potato. Wearing a sleeveless metallic silver and black cocktail dress with a pair of medium heels, she shuffled her feet, shook her hips, and shimmied her small frame to the cheers and whistles of the audience. At one point, she put her own spin on the Funky Chicken, telling the Dap-Kings to 'give me some chicken music!'

Jones was electrifying on two numbers, 'When I Come Home' and '100 Days, 100 Nights,' the title track of the band's 2007 breakthrough album. The latter entry closed out her set, which also featured a brand-new song that has yet to be recorded.

As the horn section blared away, a sweaty Jones excused herself to the Key Arena crowd, who were on their feet. She earned a standing ovation from thousands of people that were primarily there to see Bennett. In a way, this is what Bumbershoot is all about - discovering artists that you might otherwise overlook. I doubt many of these folks will overlook Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings in the future.

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