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Sharon Jones gives the people what they want in NYC

Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings at Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival on July 16, 2014
Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings at Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival on July 16, 2014
Kate Spalla

Sharon Jones at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival


As the closer of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival’s first night, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings blew the Manhattan waterfront stage out with a zealous soul set.

Eighty minutes into her set after non-stop dancing and groove pounding, Jones sang like she was bringing the roof of a baptist church down to proclaim she’s cancer-free and back — thanks to her fans on “Facebook, Space time, whatever you call it.”

In 2013 Jones was diagnosed with cancer. She recovered and returned with her latest effort, Give The People What They Want which the band just finished touring through Europe. Jones told the audience at Waterfront Plaza that’s she’s happy to be home in New York City.

After pumping out an electric opening rendition of “Stranger to My Happiness,” Jones moved through her catalog with booty dropping, popping and shaking moves. She played with her band, called for extensive introductions complete with solos and even danced with audience members - one, a bodacious gentlemen with a fedora, sunglasses and finesse whom Sharon called on stage. The girl loves to move - she even guided the audience through a dance break of the mased potatoes, funky chicken and more classics.

Jones waltzed through her catalog with tight vocal technique, annunciation and grit on her fast paced jams and sweet flow on her ballads. She covered Gladys Knight and humorously imitated Tina Turner. Jones had it all - humor, personality, moves, energy and incredible talent.

The show was a hoot until Jones walked off stage and said good night. The Dap Kings continued playing and calling for applause. One of the guitarists elaborated on their mission this album to "give the people what they want." He asked, "What do you want?" The audience called back and forth louder each time, "Sharon Jones." After a few responses, the guitar stepped back and said, "Unfortunately we got laws, we got a curfew." The audience didn't take the tease too well -- some booed. The disappointing end was likely out of Jones' control, and was the only notable foul during the 90-minute act.

Sharon Jones will tour through the U.S. for the rest of summer before heading abroad again. You can also Like Sharon Jones on Facebook for more updates.