...We interrupt your regularly scheduled animal updates for a late breaking concert review...
Last night we took a break from all the Animal Collective listening it seems everyone in our demographic has been doing and finally got to see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings live. It's tough to even write about Sharon Jones because you really have to experience her. She lets me live in the soul music era I've always wanted to be present in - sort of like time travel but not too nostalgic. She played in Portland twice last year and I was a fool and missed both shows. Foolish.
I debated taking my camera to the show as I always do. On one hand, having photos is nice. On the other hand, having a camera in that hand is cumbersome and bulky. I didn't take it. I was a little sad when we ended up standing on the benches and had an awesome view of the stage and the crowds but you'll have to settle for looking at someone else's concert to see the amazingness:
(That show was from Halloween - she doesn't always rock the cheerleader look. Usually it seems she goes for more of a tassel dress but this video seemed like it represented the experience of the live show the best of the ones I scouted.)
The show was electric and her rendition of "A Change is Going to Come" mixing it to "A Change Has Come" would have been the most powerful moment of the night if not for the two gangly teenagers in my site line slow dancing and then making out towards the end.
I don't know if this will be a compliment or just creepy, but I would seriously consider putting glossy photos of Sharon up in my house like an idol-obsessed Tiger Beat teen.
Without bringing up too much nostalgia, I must admit that the show made me sad I couldn't have been alive or in London to witness this too:
Wait for it. Let it build. It's worth it.
Moral of the story: Go see Sharon Jones when she comes to your town. Seriously. Even if you aren't into soul music (really, you aren't? That's weird.), Ryan and I agreed that ANYONE would love that show. We listed off 25 people we knew of different musical inclination and it was unanimous that everyone would love it. That means it's a fact.