On November 10, there'll be two quality shows rolling into the area and it won't be geographically possible to hit both shows. Something has to give.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will be playing at Higher Ground while Yo La Tengo will be playing in North Adams at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts.
Here's how I see the Pros & Cons stacking up:
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
- I love her 2005 album Naturally.
- I've never seen her live before.
- It's rare that a good soul show comes to Burlington.
- People tend to rave about her live shows.
- Higher Ground is only 35 minutes away.
- Tickets are $14.
- I have no idea how popular she is in Vermont. So, the show could be empty which would be depressing. However, I felt the same way about OCMS and was 100% wrong.
- She has a new album coming out on Oct 2 which I haven't heard yet. That means the setlist will be dominated by tunes from that album. If the album isn't as good as Naturally, that would be a disappointment.
- The tour is being billed as "The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo Tour" and will be a "rare opportunity to see this ever-surprising band in a setting more intimate and interactive than any tour in their 23-year career. A little bit "Storytellers", a little bit "Unplugged", with a soupcon of their famously varied Hanukkah shows, it will feature the band playing an almost-acoustic set of songs from their entire catalog, with stories about their life as a band, and an encouraged back-and-forth with the audience". That sounds like a fun night for a YLT junkie like myself.
- Mass MOCA would be a cool place to see a show.
- I've seen YLT about 16 or 17 times including a few of their "famously varied shows" at Maxwells.
- North Adams would be a 2 hour and 15 minute drive.
- Tickets are $25.
The winner is...Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Unless her new album completely sucks, which I doubt it will, I'm gonna hit that show.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | All Over Again | Buy
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Natural Born Lover | Buy
Here's some old Soul Train clips set to Sharon Jones' "Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In":