Thursday, September 9, 2010

05/20/06 Daptone Super Soul Revue @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY

At the time, this show seemed like the penultimate celebration of the soul revival spearheaded by the Daptone label intent on vintage analog equipment and a decidedly retro, yet fresh take on the genre. The showcase doubled as a 50th birthday celebration for the former corrections officer turned neo-soul superstar, the inimitable Sharon Jones. It featured nearly every artist on the label, from Jones' backing band The Dap Kings to funksters The Budos Band to gospel revivalist Naomi Davis. Several years later, however, the soul revival has burgeoned even further with the success of acts like Amy Winehouse. Sharon herself has reached higher plateaus with headlining gigs at The Apollo Theater and a much-ballyhooed stint as back-up vocalist for Phish's 2009 Halloween interpretation of The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street that also featured several members of the Dap-Kings horn section.

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