Jones and the Dap-Kings
James Brown said, “It’s a man’s world but it wouldn’t be
nothing without a woman . . .”
And, for all intents and purposes, that woman is Sharon
Jones, the face (and voice) of the retro funk and soul revival.
Born in Brown’s hometown of Augusta, Ga., Jones spent a
good number of her younger years earning a right to hardest-working-woman-in-showbusiness
status, making a living as a corrections officer and armored-car
guard before receiving her big middle-age break with Brooklyn
funk band the Dap-Kings.
she sings the title track to her band’s latest, I Learned
the Hard Way, she means it. Hers is the real-deal, gritty,
horn-fueled soul, of the kind you can otherwise only find
on oldies radio, and the band’s reputation for sweat-drenched
live shows has them opening for Prince only two nights before
they roll into town.
Come early to hear Charles Bradley, another veteran acolyte
of James Brown.
Sharon Jones comes to the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany)
on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $29.50, $34.50
or $44.50. Call 473-1845 for more info.
Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro David
Alan Miller, and Albany Pro Musica, the 140-voice choir
under the leadership of David Griggs-Janower, are teaming
up this Saturday evening to present what is, according to
a person who is clearly the Ozzy Osborne of press-release
writers, “one of the loudest unamplified pieces of music
Giuseppe Verdi, who has been described as “at best” an agnostic,
adapted the text for his opus from the Catholic Mass
for the Dead. One section was written at the time of
Rossini’s death in 1869; the rest was inspired by the death
of Verdi’s friend, the poet Alessandro Manzoni, in 1873.
The Requiem is a powerfully moving musical epic,
combining grand theatrical gestures with deep feeling. Or,
as Miller has described it, “It’s the greatest opera that
wasn’t an opera.”
The soloists will be Leah Crocetto, Lucille Beer, Ta’u Pupu’a
(an ex-Baltimore Raven, FYI) and Raymond Aceto. The sound
they will create with the orchestra and chorus is likely
to be something you’ll remember for a long, long time.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica will
perform Saturday (Jan. 22) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre
(19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $19-$54; $15 students.
For more info, call 456-4663.
latest offering at the Clark Art Institute, Eye to Eye:
European Portraits 1450-1850, presents 30 works by master
artists from the late 15th through the early 19th centuries
to explore the question: What makes a successful portrait?
works examined in the exhibition—many of them on public
view for the first time ever—are on exclusive loan to the
Clark Art Institute from a private collection, and include
paintings by Hans Memling, Parmigianino, Peter Paul Rubens,
Anthony Van Dyck, and Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
Clark was founded by a great private art collector,” says
Michael Conforti, director of the Clark, “and we continue
to value the insights and discernments represented by a
passionate collector’s discriminating eye. Each work on
view is exceptional in itself, and together the collection
constitutes a brief but rich survey of Old Master portraiture.”
An added bonus: Admission to the Clark is free through the
end of May, so brave the snowy Berkshires and warm yourself
by the glow of fires captured centuries ago by the touch
of brush to canvas.
to Eye: European Portraits 1450-1850 opens at the Clark
Art Institute (225 South St., Willamstown, Mass.) on Saturday
(Jan. 23) and runs through March 27. Mark your calendars
for Feb. 20 at 3 PM, when Eye to Eye curators and
catalogue authors Kathleen Morris and Richard Rand will
discuss six works from the exhibition. For more info, call