Thursday, September 22
Just Announced Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
“retro-soul titans” – Pitchfork
“Analog Soul…straight to the gut soul…a tiny dynamo
with a big voice and bigger stage presence” – Wall Street Journal
“If you’ve ever heard the needle dropped on a Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 45,
you know how expertly their music invokes the sounds of 60’s and early 70’s soul.
And if you’ve ever seen them live, you know how effortlessly they can transport you there, like well-dressed deep soul time travellers” – IFC.com
Portsmouth, New Hampshire…The Music Hall has just announced the latest addition to its Intimately Yours concert series lineup – the return of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, on Friday, November 4, 2011 8pm. Tickets are on sale to members: noon, Thursday, September 22, and to the public: noon, Friday September 30. These “retro-soul titans” (Pitchfork) thrilled Music Hall fans on their first visit and now return to the stage touring behind their new album, Soul Time. Architects of the current gritty soul sound, this eight-piece band fronted by the commanding Sharon Jones turns in an explosive live show that channels James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. Opening for the Dap-Kings is the hot London 50s rockabilly siblings, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.
Known for explosive live shows and fronted by a vocalist whose raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, this eight-piece band has almost singlehandedly stewarded today’s return of soul music to its more traditional sound – a 60s style funk and soul revival! According to Therese LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming and Curatorial Associate, “Expect a bit of funk and a LOT of soul from this powerhouse singer and her band as they make their return to the Seacoast. They are continuing to thrill audiences throughout the world. Don’t miss a night that promises to have you dancing in your aisles!”
From their unique rendition of Woody Guthrie’s patriotic ode, This Land is Your Land, on the Up in the Air soundtrack, to sitting in on soundtrack for the Denzel Washington vehicle, The Great Debaters, to having the band back up the late Amy Winehouse on her Back to Black CD, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have come a long way since their humble beginnings nearly a decade ago. Steeped in the gilded and gritty sounds of gospel, soul and funk, this nine-piece Brooklyn collective has electrified fans, disc jockeys, critics, record collectors, and bloggers the world-over with their authentic, heart-felt sound - clearly demonstrated on the band’s three critically-acclaimed albums – Dap Dippin’ (2002), Naturally (2005) and 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007) – captured and released by the independent Daptone Records. Their albums recall an analog era led by iconic studios like those at Motown and Stax Records, and have thrust the band into the multimedia limelight. Sharon Jones has collaborated on stage, in the studio and on film with: David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, Denzel Washington (The Great Debaters), Lou Reed, Booker T. & the MGs, Michael Bublé, Phish, while The Dap-Kings have recorded for Al Green and Amy Winehouse. The band has appeared at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and NPR shows including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and World Café.
About Sharon Jones
One of six children raised by a single mother in New York City and Augusta, Georgia, Jones gave up early dreams of a music career to work as a corrections officer and armed guard. When she was 40, her then-boyfriend recommended Jones for a recording session—a $150 job that eventually led to her current gig with the Dap-Kings. “In my 20s, nobody wanted me,” Jones says of her forays into the music business in the 1970s and ‘80s. Now Jones—whose fans include Michael Bublé—is making up for lost time. “God gave me a voice, a gift, and I want to share it,” she says. “I’m spreading my wings before they can’t fly no more.”
Praise for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
“Ms. Jones conveys emotions as blunt facts, through the sheer physical force of her singing, and it’s easier to believe her fury than her vulnerability”. – New York Times
“almost singlehandedly stewarded today’s return of soul music to its more traditional sound…spearheads of a revivalist movement that aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was at its height in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. There’s a lot to like about their records, but the stage is where retro-soul titans Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings really come alive. The band’s live show is virtuosic throwback stuff, about as accurate a recreation of a circa-1966 soul revue as those of us without AARP cards are ever likely to see. And Jones herself is a total whirlwind of energy—a preening, strutting, yowling force of nature. The resulting show is almost a guaranteed fun night out.” – Pitchfork
“If you’ve ever heard the needle dropped on a Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 45, you know how expertly their music invokes the sounds of 60’s and early 70’s soul. And if you’ve ever seen them live, you know how effortlessly they can transport you there, like well-dressed deep soul time travellers” – IFC.com
“Analog Soul…straight to the gut soul…a tiny dynamo with a big voice and bigger stage presence” – Wall Street Journal
“Sharon has an unmatched ability to connect with an audience,” he said. “She can’t mail it in. As she says, what comes from the heart reaches the heart.”
“boogaloo-infused soul, archetypal r&b” – Village Voice
Dap-Kings – “tight and energetic” – Spin Magazine
Daptone Records – “Modern day Motown”– Village Voice
Daptone Records – “Brooklyn’s own funk factory” – New York Times
About the opener
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis is a three-piece London band comprising the siblings of the Durham family. Their music is influenced heavily by R&B, swing, jump blues, country and Western, blues, Hawaiian and rock ‘n’ roll. They are all multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel guitar, harmonica, double bass, ukulele, drums, trombone, xylophone and accordion between them. They are touring behind their new album, Smoking in Heaven.
“Talented London trio making contemporary skiffle blues with a 1920’s feel. Using traditional instruments, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis fuse old-time blues with a modern twist to make some of the best party music you’ll ever hear.” – Ents24.com
“The Durham siblings are digital-age refuseniks so committed to rockabilly, jump-blues and ska that they record on vintage equipment in a London home studio modelled on the one at Sun Records.” – The Guardian
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To purchase tickets
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will perform at The Music Hall Friday, November 4, 2011 8pm. Tickets are on sale to members: noon, Thursday, September 22 and on sale to the public: noon, Friday September. Tickets are $48, $38 and can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online.