Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
22 May
Tickets €34.50
The Circus,
Salomonkatu 1-3, Helsinki

WHILE present generations continue to drawing inspiration from the best efforts of those that have come before them, perhaps the most welcome revival of an era has been that of Sharon Jones and her delicious concoction of American soul and funk.

Evoking the classic sounds of soul and funk music as it was at its height in the late 1960s to mid-1970s, Jones hits The Circus on Thursday 22 May, with her nine-piece backing band, The Dap-Kings, in tow.

Having spent her youth struggling to gain traction as a professional singer, it has only been in her middle age that Jones has experienced breakthrough success, drawing comparisons to Aretha Franklin, James Brown and early Tina Turner.

After releasing a swag of singles in the late ‘90s, Jones would pick up a moniker that would stick: the queen of funk. Her first full-length dropped in 2002, with subsequent releases receiving glowing reviews. Her fifth studio album, Give the People What They Want, was released earlier this year.

James O’Sullivan
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