Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - Jurick

Sharon Jones - Jurick

A sign of a good festival is when you get your mind blown open by mid-afternoon of the first day. Sharon Jones did this to me. While I'm now a Brooklyn resident, I had yet to see a full set by Jones and her Dapkings. I felt like I walked into the gospel tent at JazzFest. I felt that spirit working its way through Sharon and flowing into the audience. We reveled at her soulful dedication to James Brown, punctuated by vintage dance moves like the camel walk, the boogaloo, and the mashed potato (on which she poured a little gravy).

A stroll to the main stage found Luther Dickinson kickin' butt with the North Mississippi Allstars, who were joined by the Lee Boys. I also checked in on Galactic. Drummer Stanton Moore is currently on tour with his Trio with NOLA keyboardist Brian Coogan and Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard. In a fortuitous moment, I found Coogan and Bernard raging along with Galactic. From there, the action was in the Swamp Tent with The Hold Steady. At five p.m., these guys were swinging their guitars around and chugging Jim Beam. Charismatic frontman Craig Finn spun yarns about southtown girls that won't blow you away and youth services role in your druggy little messed-up teenage lives. Too hardcore for a Friday afternoon? Nah!

Luther Dickinson (NMAS) - Weiss

Chris Chew (NMAS) - Weiss

Ben Ellman & Stanton Moore (Galactic) - Weiss

The Hold Steady - SuperDee

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