Please Explain to Me ... Why Sharon Jones Isn't a Huge Star

I defy anyone to say anything negative about a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performance. She's a soul singing dynamo, with a voice of a long-lost Stax artist, and stage presence that would have made the Godfather of Soul proud.

"When I get the mic in my hand I lose my mind sometimes!"

With that she let loose with some ants-in-my-pants moves that brought a roar from the (decidedly smaller) North Stage crowd. She dedicated a song later in her set to the former Hardest Working Man In Show Business and proceeded to show off her mastery of the Camel Walk, the Boogaloo, the Pony, the Funky Chicken and more. A cover of "It's a Man's Man's World" followed and proved that if anyone should inherit any of his nicknames, it should be Jones.

The Dap-Kings, the tightest eight-piece funk band you could ask for, also deserve plenty of praise. It's everything you'd want out of a backing band - always on and perfectly willing to give the spotlight to the star performer.

So, if Sharon Jones was a self-destructive crackhead would she be more popular? Isn't enough that she's got the voice, moves and songs to make even the most rhythmically challenged person out there (Hi!) want to shake it?


By David Malitz |  August 9, 2008; 4:30 PM ET Virgin Festival
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