Friday, August 11, 2006

Ain't it funky now, indeed.

Bap! Boom! Bam! Today is August 11th, and what does that mean for North Carolinians? Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brooklyn New York's finest soul and funk revue, will be landing in the fine state of North Carolina shortly. Niether rain, sleet, hail, nor rumors of explosive liquid devices could keep this group away from their absolute duty-- nay, their life mission-- to bring the funk.

The Dap Kings are a fabulous 8 piece outfit featuring a full horn section and the delectable bass lines of band leader Bosco Mann. As Tina Turner might have put it, they are funkier than a mosquito's tweeter. The band plays '60s-'70s soul and funk music a la James Brown in his glorious prime: lovely ballads, smooth grooves, and frentic funky beats that will keep you dancing all night. They are fronted by the lovely Ms. Jones, the damsel of dance, the sister of soul, Mrs. Dynamite. She's an Otis Redding of the female persuasion, who not only can wail, but is one hell of performer as well. In her past life, she was a prison warden in Augusta, Georgia, before giving up her penal career to pursue her skills as the next Aretha Franklin. Prisoners loss in that particular case; our gain.

Do you have your tickets yet, o North Carolinians? The Dap Kings play tonight at the Cat's Cradle in lovely Chapel Hill, tomorrow night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville. I will be at the Asheville show with bells; look for the guy with the great big grin on his face when Sharon and the band break into "Make it good to me baby."

What are you waiting for? Get thee to the ticket window! This can't be missed!

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