May 2, 2010 by Nigel
As we entered Koko in Camden we were welcomed by the sounds of DJ’s Keb Darge and Snowboy spinning the tunes. For the uninitated Keb Darge and Snowboy are legends on the funk and soul scene. Keb runs the seminal weekly Deep Funk and Lost & Found sessions in London’s Soho and Snowboy is a DJ and afro-cuban percussionist with his band Snowboy & The Latin Section.
The excellent tunage got the crowd warmed up nicely. There’s was a bit of a delay before the band were ready to hit the stage which gave Keb an opportunity to delve into his collection of fifties rockabilly a bit more. The Dap-Kings finally appeared on stage and played a couple of instrumental tunes to get the crowd hyped before guitarist <span>Binky Griptite</span> introduced Sharon Jones in his well rehearsed but uniminitable style.
Sharon Jones is a force to be recond with, at 54 years old the woman has more energy than most. Jones started her career in the seventies singing in talent shows. But her singing career didn’t really take off until 2002 when she teamed up with The Dap-Kings to release her debut album Dap-Dippin with The Dap-Kings.
Back to Koko and the set was largely made up of tracks from the new LP “I Learned the Hard Way”. Also playing a few classics such as “How Do I Let a Good Man Down”, “Fish in my Dish and “100 Days, 100 Nights”.
Sharon Jones comanded the stage and wowed the audience with ease and backed up by an amazing band in the form of The Dap-Kings she is sure to go from strength to strength.
Check out the below videos from the night…