Sharon Jones Closes Out Summerstage

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It was a rare kind of August Sunday in New York City. Sunny, comfortable with no humidity in the air. A perfect day, as Central Park’s Summerstage wrapped up its 2008 schedule with a day of soul and funk.

We got to the park in time to hear the last couple of songs from Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens.

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

I’ve always loved the sound of a gospel choir.

Next up was the Menahan Street Band, in their debut performance. Made up of members of the Dap-Kings, Budos Band and others, it was no surprise that this was a tight outfit.

Meneham Street Band

Their set really impressed me, and I’m looking forward to their debut album, dropping in October.


Finally, there was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. This band gets better each time I see them. She has played many of the major festivals this year, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, so it was a treat to be able to see her in a smaller setting.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

The Dap-Kings opened with a jam and song of their own. Very nice.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones joined her band, opening her set with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” turning the James Brown classic into her own song. From there, she and the Dap-Kings ran through a very generous set, crammed with a great overview of their entire catalog from their earlier releases to their latest 100 Days, 100 Nights.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsSharon Jones & the Dap-KingsSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Here’s a gallery of shots from the afternoon. If you were there, let us know what you thought.

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
Naomi Shelton

Meneham Street Band
Meneham Street Band

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Meneham Street Band

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

The complete set of photos from the day are here.

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    kind of old,
    goodbye summerstage

  • alexb

    kind of old,
    goodbye summerstage