Bonnaroo Reviewed: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

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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.”

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