Bonnaroo Reviewed: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
With her crack band in tow, the soulful songstress shakes through a mid-day set and enlivens crowds with bounding stage presence and grooving tunes.
Just when it seemed Saturday couldn’t get any hotter, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings took to Bonnaroo’s Which stage, grooving and popping their way through an hour-long set that had even the stiffest fans shaking like there was no one looking.
Jones commanded the crowd from the moment she entered, working her “Tina Turner dress” — which was covered in tassels — from stage left to stage right while cutting through tracks off her latest set 100 Days, 100 Nights. “I wear this dress so I can shake it!” Jones revealed to the crowd, before shimmying and validating the garments sole purpose.
Closing the set with a tribute to James Brown, Jones and the Dap Kings blazed through a funk-tastic jam that included a Jones-led tutorial on dancing the Boogaloo and Mashed Potato that inspired one straight-faced thirty something in the crowd to remark dryly, “Why I think that’s the finest Boogaloo I ever saw.”