Autumn nights are officially here--and it's going down into the 60s tonight--but you'll be shaking your can so hard, you probably won't feel the chill in the air. Take it away, D. Patrick:
Save modern production value, it's something of a misnomer to call Sharon Jones a "retro" or "neo" soul artist. From her gut-shaking, self-assured vocals right down to her endless stores of sparkplug energy, she's as authentic as the most memorable of Volt, Stax and Motown's first-generation powerhouse frontpersons. Not to mention that her band has the album credits to prove they're the real deal as well--The Dap-Kings served as Amy Winehouse's studio and touring band during the contentious Brit's breakthrough Back to Black days, but behind Jones is where they truly belong. Jones and the Kings' 2007 release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, was loaded with pristine, bombastic, resounding arrangements. That said, one of the greatest features of Jones' shows is her immaculate taste when it comes to the covers she busts out. Hang around long enough, and you're likely to hear the most gut-wrenching version of "It's a Man's World" anyone outside of King James himself has ever performed. Opening are fellow masters of soul, Nashville's very own Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. 6:30 p.m. at the Public Square.
Those Dynamites are no slouches, either.