WYEP and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are teaming up to bring Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings back to the burgh for one powerful night of live music. Helping to mark WYEP’s 40th anniversary, the Brooklyn-based ensemble released its latest album, Give the People What They Want, in January 2014 on Daptone Records, the independent funk and soul label formed by Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman. Headed up by singer Sharon Jones, the prolific 11-piece band has risen to the forefront of a revivalist movement seeking to embody the heyday of authentic soul and funk music.
Back with a new album, a new video and an explosive new live show, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have performed around the world, spreading their own gospel of raw performances, hand-crafted studio recordings, groovy vocals and soulful instrumentation. Expect to hear a lot of material from the group’s new 10-song album, Give the People What They Want, which was recorded at Daptone House of Soul Studios located in Brooklyn’s in Bushwick neighborhood.
Née Sheron Lafaye Jones in Augusta, Georgia in 1956, the soulful vocalist counts James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner and Marva Whitney Among her influences. As a child, Jones was a regular gospel singer in church, and then later with talent shows backed by local funk bands. After spending many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and as an armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank, Jones experienced a mid-life career boost in 1996 after appearing on a session backing soul-funk legend Lee Fields. Joining forces with members of Brooklyn bands Antibalas and the Mighty Imperials—who later went on to form the Dap-Kings, Jones released her first full-length album in 2002 on Daptone.