Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Central Park Summerstage

I went to my first Summerstage show on Sunday, which also happened to be the last Summerstage show of the season. And a great show it was, albeit a hot and sunny one. I went to see Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (though I will say that opening act Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens was awesome too). Sharon Jones is everything an entertainer should be and more - fun, high energy, hilarious, engaging and extremely talented. Apparently she's only 4'11" but she seems so much bigger than that on stage because she just exudes charisma and energy. You can't take your eyes off of her. She was constantly dancing or - when she wasn't effortlessly belting out beautiful music with her amazing voice - making sassy comments to the audience. I'm incredibly impressed by how hard she was dancing and yet how strong her voice remained, all the way through a set that was probably close to an hour and a half long in the hot hot sun. See, pop stars? You can sing and dance at the same time! No lip syncing required.

Sharon was also constantly engaging her audience, asking us questions, joking with us, having us sing with her and even bringing two guys up on stage (see left). Pretty much, she is one of the best performers I've ever seen live. The Dap Kings are, of course, awesome as well. They were all so in sync with each other and with Sharon - even backing up her between song banter with amazing style and flair. Their music is great and they are all talented individuals who seemed to really enjoy performing and like their music.

If you ever have a chance to see them live, take it. And buy their newest album, "100 Days, 100 Nights." It's spectacular.

More pictures here.

Nobody's Baby [mp3] - "100 Days, 100 Nights" (iTunes)

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