Daptone’s Super Soul Revue Brings Three Nights of Soul to New York City
New York label Daptone hosted their latest all-star Daptone Super Soul Revue at New York’s famed Apollo Theater from December 4-6. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings headlined all three shows while Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, early label breakout band Antibalas, label co-founders The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Saun & Starr supported on Thursday night and Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Antibalas, Menahan Street Band, The Como Mamas and Saun & Starr performed on Friday. Saturday’s run-closing lineup also featured a mix of Daptone bands—many of whom share members and intertwined histories—brought together Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Saun & Starr.
Longtime Daptone guitarist Binky Griptite served as the weekend’s Master of Ceremonies, introducing each as the revue rolled on with almost no breaks between performers. Pianist Victor Axelrod, a founding member of the Dap-Kings and early Antibalas member, also augmented Jones during her headlining performances.
A few special collaborations took place during Saturday’s finale. The Budos Band, who represent the label’s often overlooked darker psych-medal side, brought out soul singer Bradley for “Ain’t It A Sin.” Bradley released on the song as the b-side to his limited edition 7″ Record Store Day collaboration with Budos Band, “Changes.” Jones ended all three shows by bringing out most of the night’s performers back to the stage for a sing-along cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair.”
Though he was not officially on Saturday’s bill, Antibalas singer Amayo joined the cast of performers for the popular cover.