Sure, Sunday night was the season premiere of "Breaking Bad" and maybe you were bummed because the U.S. women had just lost the World Cup title to Japan, but if you missed Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' scintillating show Sunday night, you should be kicking yourself.
Up at Red Butte Garden, Sharon Jones and her tighter-than-tight band absolutely fried a disappointingly light crowd of about 1,700 people during an honest-to-goodness dance party of the highest order. Jones is a dynamo of energy, true soul and musicianship and her eight-piece backing band, the Dap Kings, is simply on fire.
But other than that the fast-paced blast of retro soul had little to offer.
Seriously, it's one thing to enter a show with high expectations, but quite another to have those expectations flattened inside of about 30 minutes. Which is all it took for Jones and Co. to completely enthrall the audience and have virtually everyone on their feet and dancing.
Whether it was the blazing soul of "Mama Don't Like My Man," or the bittersweet groove of "She Ain't A Child No More," Jones and the band stayed unshakably on top of the groove. And Jones herself danced like a woman possessed and brought various crowd members onstage - including a clearly overwhelmed guy named Omar during Ray Charles' "If I Give You My Love."
Jones' 100-minute set was virtually one long song - breaks were infrequent - and virtually one long highlight. But some of the hottest moments of the 17-tune soul avalanche included "This Land Is Your Land," "Without A Heart," and the pure insanity of "When I Come Home," which was marked by Jones' leading the crowd through a parade of dance moves ranging from "The Swim" to the "Monkey Butt." And the audience responded with many crowd members actually acting out the old shopworn hippie cliche of "dancing like no one's watching."
Yeah, it was kinda fun. So, if you did blow it off, keep kicking yourself and plan on joining the rest of us next time. Here's betting that everyone who did see Sunday night's show is highly unlikely to ever miss a local appearance again.
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