04/30/14 North Sea Jazz Club- Amsterdam
05/06/14 Olympia- Paris, France
05/08/14 Tonhalle- Munich, Germany
05/10/14 Astra- Berlin, Germany
05/11/14 Turbinenalle- Oberhausen, Germany
05/13/14 E-Werk- Koln, Germany
05/14/14 Paradiso- Amsterdam, Netherlands
05/16/14 Roundhouse- London, UK
05/18/14 AB- Brussels, Belgium
05/19/14 Grosse Freiheit- Hamburg, Germany
05/20/14 Vega- Copenhagen, Denmark
05/22/14 Circus- Helsinki, Finland
05/29/14 Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
05/30/14 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
05/31/14 House of Blues – Boston, MA
06/01/14 Smith Opera House- Geneva, NY
06/03/14 Algonquin Commons Theatre - Ottawa
06/04/14 Corona Theatre- Montreal, Quebec
06/05/14 London Music Hall- London, Ontario
06/06/14 Massey Hall- Toronto, Ontario
07/01/14 Jazz Fest Wein- Vienna, Austria
07/03/14 Rock Werchter- Werchter, Belgium
07/13/14 North Sea Jazz Festival
07/16/14 Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival- New York
07/19/14 Forecastle Festival- Louisville, KT
08/20/14 Marvin Gaye's Whats Goin' On
Last June’s diagnosis of Stage II pancreatic cancer and subsequent surgeries to remove a gall bladder and other organs, followed by preventative chemotherapy would have understandably sidelined most, but not Jones.
With current album, Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records) already in the can, the scrappy 57 year-old admirably fought her way back, appearing on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float, before finishing chemo on New Year’s Eve, then returning to the stage regularly, soon after.
State Theatre marquee
Paul Cebar and The Tomorrow Sound
In typical Daptone Super Soul Revue style, the main set began with a full, drama-building lead up to Ms. Jones’ appearance. Hypeman and guitarist Binky Griptite incited the crowd, taking his time to intro the star of the show, as ringleader bassist Bosco Mann and the full band, with three-piece horn section, properly warmed themselves and the crowd up, for the evening ahead. “It’s not a theatre tonight, it’s a dance club”, Griptite exulted, immediately getting the crowd to head forward and fill the aisles with moving people, to the chagrin of staff security.
The new, ‘You’ll Be Lonely’ hastily followed, with Jones barely catching a breath or standing still, clearly more grateful than ever, to be doing what she does. ‘Calamity’featured a voice vs. bass duel with Mann, who gracefully bowed down to the voice that can shake windows.
Two women were plucked from the crowd to dance on each side of Jones for ‘I’m Not Gonna Cry’, with Jones taking time to serenade both, with the verses.
‘I Got the Feeling’ followed, a cover of fellow Augusta, GA native James Brown’s, that would have made the Godfather proud, which then segued into ‘Fish in the Dish’ prefaced by her story of living in Brooklyn but traveling to New Jersey just to fish, embellished with full casting and reeling in motions. “Nothing tastes better than a fish you caught”, Jones proudly ended the song with.
“Two months, ya’ll… going strong!” Jones remarked after ‘Retreat!’, another song that has taken on additional meaning. Proving that point, the classic Dap Kings Dance Medley had Jones showcasing all the great dance moves of the 1960’s (such as the Boogaloo, Pony, The Swim, and Mashed Potato) that had the crowd mimicking the same, from their seats. Tempo after that workout understandably slowed briefly for ‘Slow Down Love’, then accelerated again for the set closing hits, ‘I Learned the Hard Way’ and ‘100 Days and 100 Nights’.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
The healing power of music had prevailed, both with Sharon Jones and her personal health struggles, and by beaming a cathartic light of joy and salvation for anyone there to witness it all. Amen!
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at State Theatre, Minneapolis (09 April 2014)