Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, 2/25/2014
The evening climaxed in a feverish, rapid-fire, super-compact dance lesson, where Jones ran through a host of past dance crazes -- the Pony, Mashed Potato, the Jerk, Funky Chicken, James Brown, Camel Walk, Funky 4 Corners, Peppermint Twist, the Swim and even the Wobble -- as the Dap-Kings furiously vamped on a groove so tight you could bounce a quarter on it. Allow us to suggest our readers spend the remainder of the morning on Wikipedia, because we know a lot of you could stand to brush up on a few of those.
We think we'll try the Peppermint Twist.
The Crowd: Sparse at first, but filled in nicely until the very end. Some of them need some serious Mashed Potato lessons, though.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Sock it to me!" -- Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels in the intermission music
So, How Was the Opener? Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June is a strange creature, toting all sorts of odd-looking banjos and exotic folk songs that felt transplanted from the Depression era by way of a postmodern science-fiction novel. (Or something.) She was thoughtful enough to remember her first Houston show at Leon's Lounge a few years back, and seems to be just now entering her prime. That hair, too.
Random Notebook Dump: We gave away probably 20 pair of tickets to the show on Rocks Off Monday and Tuesday. Cactus Music did a similar promotion, giving away a ticket with each purchase of GTPWTW. We were happy to do it, but neither of us should have had to do that for a band of this caliber...shame on you, Houston.
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