JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

February 27, 2014
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Tim Taylor
Photos by Terry Walsh

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Inspirational, Soulful, Survivor... Sharon Jones Delivered!

Sharon Jones would tell you herself that her performance at the Granada Theater in Dallas was nothing short of a miracle. Still recovering from bile duct cancer, Jones is out on the road performing for rabid fans, despite the fact that she just had her last chemotherapy treatment on Dec. 31st. She has said that she didn't think she would be around to see the release of her latest album with the Dap Kings, Give The People What They Want, much less have a chance to perform songs from it.

As she told us at the Granada Theater, she could've waited another year or two to make her comeback so her hair would be back, and she would be at full strength. What she's doing, however, is healing through the power of music, and through the love of her band mates and die-hard fans. On this particular night, we were treated to one of the most inspirational performances we've ever experienced. It was an evening of sweet soul music, a few laughs, and one incredible testimony from a grateful, humble survivor.

The show began with an energetic instrumental jam from the Dap Kings, led by bass-player and Mr. Kotter look-alike Bosco Mann, and followed by two beautiful songs from Saun and Starr, who sang background vocals for the rest of the night. After much anticipation, Sharon Jones hit the stage and lit up the room with her infectious smile and monstrous stage presence. Nobody stood still as they blazed through their new single "Stranger to My Happiness" and the super-funky "You'll Be Lonely." A powerful cover of Gladys Knight's version of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and a re-worked rendition of the popular "100 Days, 100 Nights" had the audience roaring for more.

Miss Jones poured her heart and soul onto the stage while singing and dancing her way through "Get Up and Get Out", which she dedicated to her cancer. Songs like "Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)" and "I Learned the Hard Way" showed how fresh and cool real soul music sounds, compared to the overproduced so-called R&B garbage that pollutes radio and the music industry these days. Sharon and the band electrified the crowd one more time as they funked up Arlo Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" for an encore that left everybody in disbelief at what they had just experienced.

This band plays genuine, passionate music, and Sharon Jones sings the songs with every bit of the emotion you would expect from a woman who "just kicked cancer in the ass" as guitarist Binky Griptite so eloquently put it. Their albums are amazing, but you really need to experience this band live to gain a full appreciation of what they do. They are a must-see whenever they come back through your town!