You are in for a treat today, my friends. My lovely bride and I drove over to Louisville, Kentucky to see the incredible Ms. Sharon Jones & her funktastic Dap-Kings on Friday. This was the second time seeing her in two years, both times during the Super Bowl weekend. It’s amazing the difference two little years can make, eh? To give you an idea, here’s a little compare & contrast for ya…
2006: Shitty little dive bar in somewhere in Jacksonville, FL. Could maybe fit 100 people, uncomfortably.
2008: Headliners in Louisville, KY. Regular club setting, could probably fit 500 to 800 people, second floor viewing available, and we actually had to put on arms bands to drink. Wow, felt like I was 21 all over again.
2006: None, unless you count the pinball machine in the corner.
2008: First, a DJ (her name was on the bill, Kim Sorise, no clue who she was, but she played some nice tunes… why they didn’t just play a sweet mixtape, I have no idea), then the Ivan Milev Band, but the band wasn’t there, just the violinist & accordianist. They were amazing, frenetic Balkan music completely in sync, regardless of how fast each other played. 99% of the audience stared at these two guys with the collective “what the fuck” expression. Fucking awesome.
2006: 10 of us, we counted. A few “hipsters”, a few older folks, check done.
2008: Probably about 500 people, a whole bunch of hipsters, a bunch of the older folks, and this new group, not sure if they were carry-overs from the Amy Crackhouse crowd or Perez Hilton worshipers, but they nearly ruined the show. Completely drunk, looking about 40, eventhough they were probably 25, with their redneck boyfriends (really? country accents in the non-south still confuse me) who were more interested in talking on the phone (they were there for the beer) than watching the show, pushing people who were there just to dance and enjoy the show, talking loud during the opening act (fortunately, Ivan Milev scared them away for a little while). Tis success, I suppose, but ugh….. just ugh.
2006: 3 horns, drummer, 2 guitars (one of ’em Binky), Bosco (the brains, the brawn, the man) on bass, and Ms. Sharon Jones.
2008: They added a bongo player!
2006: Fighting off technical difficulties, they barreled through songs from each album, danced through her heritages, and brought the sweat, soul, and funk!
2008: Fighting off technical difficulties, they barreled through songs from each album, danced through her heritages, and brought the sweat, soul, and funk! Seriously guys, after two years, if she still can’t hear herself, buy her one of those ear pieces already…
The Mrs & I have had two wonderfully memorable (unforgettable in 2006, educational in 2008) experiences surrounding Ms. Jones & The Dap-Kings, but I think next time, we’ll just wait for her to come to Columbus (or where ever we happen to live, work, & play).
Alright guys… now for the fun part, the vinyl, and man o’ man do I have a special treat for you, I picked up a few 45’s and have created a Natually “experience” for you tonight! First, we let Binky Griptite warm things up, proper like, with his Mellomatics & his 45 “Mellomatic Mood Parts 1 & 2”. After that, Sharon Jones brings it like no other with her instamatic classic Naturally…. but before you can rest your weary feet (because I KNOW you’ll be dancing your ass off, if not… well, I’m afraid there’s nothing much anyone can do for you), we bring you an encore with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings forty-five “I’m Not Gonna Cry”.
Holy shit, right? Yeah… I think so too! What you waiting on? Get to it as…TSURURADIO Proudly Present the soul-funk stylings of Naturally (and then some) on Vinyl!!!
Warm Up The Crowd Mr. Griptite!
Ladies & Gentlemen, Ms. Sharon Jones!
Side 101 – How Do I Let A Good Man Down?
02 – Natural Born Lover
03 – Stranded In Your Love
04 – My Man Is A Mean Man
05 – You’re Gonna Get It