Sharon Jones + Dap-Kings live at the Apollo - photos

Sharon Jones at the Dap-Kings played two sold-out nights at the Apollo Theater to celebrate their homecoming from Europe and mark the release of their fourth album "I Learned the Hard Way."

I attended both nights to shoot for the band. The Apollo is an important and historic venue, symbolically chosen for it's connection to James Brown and countless stars of soul that have established their reputations there.  Sharon truly commanded that stage with a pacing, intensity of performance, humor and joy that surely did her musical forebears proud.  It was great to see her put so much heart into it and share the evening with the band and all the friends, family and behind the scenes people who work at and with Daptone. The second night especially, the band was in razor-sharp form and the highlight for me was watching Sharon feature nearly each and every one of the 18 pieces on stage in a fun and energizing round of introductions.  There was definitely a shared pride among the 'family'.  Congrats to everyone. - J

FUN VIEWING TIP! : CLICK THE BOX ON THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF EACH GALLERY TO VIEW IN FULL SCREEN

Night 1 - With the Mellowmatics:

Night 2 - With Naomi Shelton: