The night before the Weezer Cruise I headed to the Lincoln Theatre (up there with DAR as my least favorite venue in the city, though at least I ended up in the fourth row this time) to see the triumphant return of the now cancer-free Sharon Jones. It was a joyous occasion.
Valerie June opened with a beautiful but too short 30 minute set. Her voice is haunting and he played a miniature banjo. How could that not be fantastic? She is also delightfully weird. She has a thick southern accent and before her last song said the obvious “I’m not from around here.” Someone in the audience shouted out “Where are you from?” She answered: “I’m from a magical fairy land. And I decided to sprinkle fairy dust on audiences across the country.” Of course.
Sharon’s backing band, the fabulous Dap-Kings, hit the stage first to get the energy level up. The backup singers sang a few songs and the excitement was building for Sharon. I’d heard high praises of her live show from my friend Tom, who has seen her 10+ times. I was slightly worried that her energy wouldn’t be back to 100% after the cancer battle. That turned out to be a stupid concern. Other than her hair not growning back yet, Sharon is back to normal. She delivered one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. It was certainly the most joyous concert I’ve ever been to. Her energy and positive attitude were contagious. The set was heavy on songs from her latest album that dropped in January. Quite frankly, I’ll be shocked if anyone releases a better album this year. It is amazing. Other highlights included her cover of “Goldfinger” and a dance tutorial she gave the crowd at the end.
BYT review and pictures here.