(Photo Credit: Katie Sullivan aka DJ K Sull)
Concert review of the incomparable Sharon Jones and her Dap Kings at Bear Creek Music Festival 11/10/12
To say Sharon Jones is an outstanding R&B/soul singer is to do her a disservice. She is royalty; she is the queen of all R&B/soul singers on the scene today. She is a dynamic performer who leaves it all on the stage. And the performance she gave at Bear Creek Music Festival this past Saturday was nothing short of spectacular.
Before Sharon Jones took the stage, her outstanding backing band “The Dap Kings,” consisting of a horn section, two back up vocalists, two guitar players, a bassist, a pianist/organist, a bongo player, and a drummer, warmed up the crowd with irresistible funk and soul jams. With the crowed primed and ready to go, Sharon Jones herself took the stage to a wild ovation. Right from the onset she was screaming, belting, and grooving her way through each and every song.
Early on, she invited a young man on stage to dance with her. The two started exchanging glances and trading dance moves, playing off the raw emotions of the music, and lyrics, from the song being played. The crowd ate it up and roared with approval. At the end of the song, the young man received a hero’s welcome when he returned to the crowd. Believe it or not, that was not the only time in the night when Sharon Jones would feel compelled to ask an audience member to join her on stage. Later in the performance, another young man joined her on stage for a song.
Her energy was infectious as she danced her way through the songs, all the while never missing a note. How she changed vocal registers so seamlessly and effortlessly, while maintaining her vibrato and pitch was jaw dropping. During the performance, she utilized the whole stage, so as to make each audience member feel as though he or she was being given his or her own personal concert. Some of the songs she performed included staples like “She Ain’t a Child No More,” “100 Days, 100 Nights,” and “Be Easy,” along with a slew of new songs that she hinted are soon to be released on an upcoming album!
I was a fan of her music before the show but after the show, I was a fan and admirer of Sharon Jones the performer. Sharon if you read this, know that you have my heart. If I had been one of the lucky audience members she invited on stage, I probably would have gotten down on a knee and proposed.