Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Live Shots

Live Shots
Photo by Shelley Hiam

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Antone's, Jan. 26

Showmanship, while not what it used to be, isn't dead. Slightly after 10:30pm Saturday night at Antone's, the Dap-Kings filed onstage in suits, eight parts of a well-oiled machine, and began warming up the engine. Three songs later, Jones appeared in a white fringed dress and strappy gold heels, ready to turn on a sold-out throng. A Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show is about just that, and Jones is the consummate show woman. "Let me strut," she commanded, as the threepiece horn section propelled her brick-house frame across the stage. This blur of fringe and gold accented the entire, almost two-hour hip-shaking set list, culled largely from 2005's Naturally and last year's 100 Days, 100 Nights. "How Do I Let a Good Man Down?," "Be Easy," "Nobody's Baby," and a tightened-up "My Man Is a Mean Man," which featured some awkward onstage moves from a guy in the crowd, churned under Jones' amber voice with precision. She came with the message, as well, getting political but never losing the crowd on "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes." A much-needed toweling down and eventual encore followed, with an appropriate cover of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." What had been introduced by the band's guitarist/emcee Binky Griptite as the "Daptone soul revue" felt not like 700-strong watching a group of revivalists gussying up the past but rather that of a soul crew giving us a show that just comes naturally.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Eric Hisaw Band
Street Lamp (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, June 29, 2018

Texas Platters
The Sword
Used Future (Record Review)

Michael Toland, June 29, 2018

More by Audra Schroeder
SXSW Interactive Conference Quick Cuts
The Signal & the Noise
Statistician Nate Silver on more data, more problems

March 15, 2013

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Kiss of the Damned'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

March 15, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2018

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle