The Results Are In: Madison Adores Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings!

Sharon Jones

If you were one of the many enthusiastic fans in attendance at last Wednesday’s Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings show, you already know what an incredibly special night it was. The Barrymore was packed with witnesses to a truly one-of-a-kind performance by the new Queen of Soul.

Check out these rave reviews of the show!

Muzzle of Bees


The Daily Page

77 Square

Madison Music Review

Did you catch Sharon’s show last week? Let us know what your impressions were. We want to hear from you!

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“My Mix Tape” Vol. I

Here at True Endeavors we’re blessed to work with a talented cast of music lovers. From indie rock to hip-hop and metal, their musical preferences are as diverse as their skills. Since they contribute so much work to Madison’s music scene we thought it might be interesting to see what they listen to outside of the club.  Feel free to contribute your own faves!

We present you with Katie Jo, our 23 yr. old metal loving, guitar playing, PR Intern.. She listens to her mix while cleaning her kitchen and “putting on her face” in the morning. Hit it girl:

Mix tapes are the soundtracks of our lives. There are mixes for love-making and love-hating, mixes for full-on rages and nights home alone. Your mix reveals who you are and spreads the music of the artists you hold dear.

Don’t be shy… Show us your mix.

Ghost of Perdition- Opeth

The best non-metal metal you’ll ever find, and my favorite band in the world. Melodic Singing Paired with mighty growls metal is known for. (listen to Hope Leaves right after for more of a “flaccid” Opeth)

Dirty Business-Dresden Dolls

The best in piano paired singing. A middle finger to all doubters and conformists.

You Belong To Me- Jo Stafford

I close my eyes and place myself in the 50’s during this song. Dressed in a pillbox hat with patent leather shoes, dancing with my baby one more time before he gets sent out to the Korean War. This is my favorite version of the song, paired wonderfully with Jo’s smoky voice.

Pink Cigarette- Mr. Bungle

Mike Patton (lead singer) is a genius. All of his songs are beautifully orchestrated noise. No other person could make a masterpiece out of singing in a gas mask.

Vampire- Antsy Pants

Kimya Dawson is the indie female version of Mike Patton. Kimya was the female member of the Moldy Peaches but has a bunch of side solo projects that will tickle your senses.

Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks from He Who Is in the Water – Nile

If the title doesn’t make you want to play the song, I don’t know what will. More proof that real metal doesn’t take itself too serious, wanting to separate itself from the whiny “whoa is me” metal. Most of Nile’s lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian mysticism, history, religion, art, and the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

Julia- Beatles

What list would be without a Beatles song? This song is especially special to me because my mothers name is Julie, and it provides me great comfort. Best listened to on vinyl during a lazy summer afternoon.

100 Days, 100 Nights- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

To only have Sharon’s voice.. Listening to this song makes my swagger of confidence increase tenfold.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: A Letter From The Barrymore’s Steve Sperling

Sharon Jones

Steve Sperling, general manager of the Barrymore Theatre, is no stranger to hosting amazing concerts, but Wednesday’s upcoming Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings show moved him to write the following letter, singing special praises of the band’s soulful funk.  This is a show that you won’t want to miss!

Get your tickets HERE!


In all the years I have been at the Barrymore I have never done this. I am sending an email out to all of you, to specifically alert you to one show.

This coming Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 pm the Barrymore has Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. If you don’t already know who she is, you should. If you don’t come to the show, you’ll wish you had. This is the Barrymore’s show of the year, and maybe the show of the year in Madison. We were among the people who saw her at Bonnaroo last summer, and she blew us away.

I have attached links to the Sharon Jones articles in this week’s Isthmus and 77 Square, and a link to her on YouTube, so you can read about her, listen to her music, and see her video. Start with “100 Days, 100 Nights” and go on from there. We’re talking James Brown and Tina Turner here.

For those of you concerned that this is a “school” or “work” night, make an exception. The show will start at 7:30 pm and be over by 10:30 pm or 11:00. Get a babysitter, eat dinner early, and get your “bad selves” over here. You won’t regret it.

And Thursday when a friend or co-worker asks you what you did last night, you’ll proudly be able to say:

“I was out helping keep the funk alive!”

Bon Ton Roulet (and Peace!)


(Tickets are $20 adv, $22 dos, and available online at Invite your friends, help spread the word!)

Nov 24 Monday Ticket Giveaway- Soul Excitement

From church choir to the face of soul and funk revitalization, Sharon Jones’ retro sound is pure soul that seduces the audience to let go of their inhibitions.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a growing reputation as the front runners of old-school soul and funk.

Show up for the music, but stay for the stage show. Sharon’s youthful energy and occasional dancing frenzies exude passion while the horn section grooves.

Think the Dap-Kings look or sound familiar?  That’s because some of the members backed up Amy Winehouse on her album “Back to Black”, check them out in her video “Rehab.”

Come to the Barrymore December 3 prepared to dance!  Get two tickets for the funk filled evening by telling us what your favorite funk/soul song to listen to in a recession is. Comment on this blog with your entry to have a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show.

Answers will be judged by the staff at True Endeavors- the winner will be announced Tuesday (November 25) at 6pm.

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