Toronto Jazz Festival Day One: SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS


The soul continued to flow at the Toronto Jazz Fest last night when Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings took to the mainstage. The Dap-Kings are best known for backing Amy Winehouse on her monster hit Rehab and one of my personal favourites from Winehouse's canon, You Know I'm No Good.

They provided a truly funky danceable backdrop for Jones to colour with her powerhouse vocals and vibrant stage presence. It was a treat to see the kind of enthusiasm that Jones and the Dap-Kings inspire in an audience. Folks were dancing, storming the stage and singing along. Many crying cathartic tears when Jones paid tribute to Michael Jackson with a rousing rendition of the Jackson Five fave I Want You Back.

A Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings show isn't a concert as much as it is an event, a happening. If you ever have the opportunity to catch them live, I'd suggest taking it, and putting on your party pants and your dancing shoes. You're going to need them.

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