Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, 2/25/2014


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But mainly the Dap-Kings were there to back Jones up as she ran in place (in silver heels, no less), shimmied like a go-go dancer, and stalked the stage with confidence and poise, while letting loose a tide of vocal energy most of us will only witness live a few times in this lifetime. She compared herself to Tina Turner about halfway in (so people like us don't have to, we guess), mostly in terms of height, but the gist of the evening went a little further than that: we were witnessing a true survivor whose throat has been touched by the Almighty and whose boundless energy spread to the audience like the best kind of disease.

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.

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Personal Bias: Soul Brother No. 281.

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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Jason Smith
Jason Smith

I didn't think it was a low turnout. It's just that EVERYONE IN HOUSTON should have wanted to have been there. With the balcony HOB becomes a really huge room so maybe it didn't feel as packed.

Erin Walsh
Erin Walsh

Sorry I missed it! Not surprising for Houston though, when I lived there I was always disappointed with the turnouts for what I thought would have been sold out shows...

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