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Yes, you knew it was coming...

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are on coming back to deliver more pure soul excitement.


Saturday, April 23rd

The Pepper Jack Cafe

38 King William, Hamilton




Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan 28th at Pepper Jack's.

$18 advance, $20 day of.

If you miss this, you will miss BIG.

Sharon Jones Is Soul Sister No. 1!

SHARON JONES was born and raised in James Brown’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Like many great soul singers, including James himself and Aretha, Sharon began singing in church at a very young age. With her natural sense of showmanship, her talent soon brought her beyond the Sunday choir straight to center stage as the lead singer of more than one up-and-coming Funk band. It wasn’t long before she was being booked to perform with the top names in Soul, including the Four Tops, Peaches and Herb, The Drifters, and Maceo Parker. During these years she quickly developed a mastery of her stage presence, learning how to use her smoky sweet voice to captivate audiences and bring them to the dance floor. It is this knack for working the crowd that has kept Sharon in demand with every kind of dance band.

Sharon had been no stranger to studio work, doing everything from Gospel and Blues sessions to Pop Ballads to Dance music Diva sessions (often credited as Miss Lafaye). However, it wasn’t until the late nineties when she hooked up with the Soul and Funk purists of Desco Records in New York that she recorded the singles for which she has become well known. Songs like "Damn it’s Hot," "Switchblade," "The Landlord," "You Better Think Twice," and a blazing version of J.B.’s "I Got the Feelin’" became instant club classics in the underground funk scene overseas. When Sharon first toured internationally with The Soul Providers in May of 1999, she was amazed to see the crowds who came out to hear her sing and even more amazed when they seemed to know most of the words better than her. In London, her fans have started referring to her as "The Queen of Funk", something they got from one of her songs. She has just finished recording her own full-length album with The Dap-Kings to be released on Daptone Records. The first single "Got a Thing On My Mind", has already become a fixture on the dance floors of the international funk scene.

No matter where Sharon is or what kind of music she is singing, the strength of her gospel roots enable her to pour her soul into every note she sings and let anyone who hears know that Sharon Jones is Soul Sister No. 1!

The Dap-Kings Are Soul Excitement!

THE DAP-KINGS are the house band for Daptone Records, where today's hottest Funk and Soul is laid to tape. They are presently the worlds mightiest Live Funk and Soul Revue, unique in their ability to deliver the kind of Soul Excitement that hasn't been felt since Mr. Brown himself graced the stage of the Apollo in 1969. The Dap-Kings are made up of musicians from The Soul Providers and The Mighty Imperials, both of which gained recognition for laying the music behind Desco Records' legendary catalog of funk 45's and LP's. Though their recordings are unmatched for their hardness and sheer ability to make people dance, their live show is what makes them a phenomenon.

When the Dap-Kings take to the stage with their dance steps and matching soul suits, it is as if someone lit the fuse on a keg of Soul Dynamite! The show commences with a dose of hard instrumentals which never fail to get the crowd moving like only deep hard funk can. Then when things seem like they can go no higher, the Dap-Kings bring their blazing vocalists to the stage. Backed by the tightest, roughest funk band on the scene, vocalists like Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Joseph Henry, and Naomi Davis escort crowds to new and uncharted levels of Get-Down and Dance!

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Oh man, it almost pains me to say this, but it looks like I can't make this show. April 23rd is the first night of Passover, and while Channukah is the Jewish holiday that coicides with Christmas calendar-wise, Passover is probably the holiday that most resembles its importance. If I'm not at my parents' house for dinner that night, it will be somewhat of a fiasco. This fu©kin sucks.

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I thought my 2.5 year old daughter wanted to join the Jewish religion. She kept asking for Jews all the time, and I would bring back Rabi's to meet her... see what she wanted...

... then one day I realized she was actually asking for juice, not Jews.

... somebody should invent a baby interpreter.

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Well I'm working on it RayRay. My parents are in Toronto. Thing about Passover is, dinner on the first two nights is called a Seder. For my family, and a lot of people, you generally eat with your extended family. For years, the first night has been my mom's side (all my aunts and uncles, first cousins and my grandparents) and the second night, my dad's side has a huge catered thing featuring my aunts and uncles and cousins, as well as all of my dad's cousins and their kids (my second cousins). Annual family reunion type deal. If this show was on the second night, I could bow out in a second. Head on over, say hello, eat quickly and split, because all the kids who have somewhere to be split anyway. April 23 is the first night though, so there's no telling. I'd take most of the heat from my grandparents to be honest, and anybody who is lucky enough to have (or have had) a good relationship with their living ethnic grandparents knows that they're probably the toughest when it comes to this tradition stuff.

Anyway wherever this first Seder is planned to be this year (haven't called my Mom for the details yet), it will either be in Toronto or London, where my grandparents live. Believe me though, if I can work out the timeline to be on a bus and even catch second set, I'll be there. :D

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