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Check It Out!: March 6, 2014

Old School Soul In A 21st Century Wrapper

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — Give the People What They Want (Daptone Records) — Aretha Franklin may be the Queen of the Soul, but Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings are arguably the keepers of the rhythm and blues flame. One listen to Jones’s fifth album with her crew and it’s hard to argue that point. From the opener “Retreat!” with its Motown cadence, glockenspiel and strident guitar riffs, the Queens resident and her Brooklyn-based compatriots proceed to churn out a steady stream of vibrant soul over the span of a breezy 30-plus minutes. On “You’ll Be Lonely,” Jones issues fair warning over a swampy groove while the echoey harmonies, piquant horn charts and slight touch of tambourine make “Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)” is the perfect soundtrack for reconciliation. Elsewhere, “Long Time, Wrong Time” and “Get Up and Get Out” have the stylistic stamp of Curtis Mayfield and vintage doo-wop all over them respectively. The proceedings are capped off by “Slow Down, Love,” a sultry number that sounds like the love child of Dionne Warwick and the late Isaac Hayes. With Jones currently fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer, we can only hope this is the latest of many more stellar albums by this extremely talented soul shouter.

March 7

NYC

Bob Mould: 25 Years Of Workbook @ The City Winery,

155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $45, $42, $35, $30.

212-608-0555 www.citywinery.com  

Bob Mould could have easily rested on his laurels as the driving force behind seminal American indie-rock power-trio Husker Du. Instead he’s lived quite the diversified life — not only forging a critically-acclaimed solo career as well as leading the late, lamented Sugar — but finding a second career as a professional wrestling script-writer and a club DJ on the side. This gig is part of a seven-date tour where the normally unsentimental Mould will be taking a look back at his recently reissued masterpiece with help from ex-Verbow frontman Jason Narducy.  (Also appearing on March 8)


March 8

Port Washington

Meet the Smithereens @ Landmark on Main Street, 223 Main St.

8 p.m. $52, $47, $42. 516-767-6444

www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

Unabashed admirers of British Invasion New Jersey’s most loved power-pop band proved it by popping out a trio of albums that included a song-by-song interpretation of Meet the Beatles and a similar adaptation of The Who’s Tommy. This time around, the Jersey quartet will be performing a set that consists of the exact set list from the Fab Four’s first American concert that will also be available for sale in the lobby. And while The Smithereens 2011 was the band’s last studio effort three years ago, the Garden State outfit is working on an unnamed effort that’s due to drop by the summer, a sure sign the group isn’t ready to relegate itself to becoming a glorified cover band


March 8

NYC

The Chieftains @ Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. 8 p.m. $65, $55, $45.

212-307-4100 www.the-townhall-nyc.org

The gold standard when it comes to traditional Irish music, The Chieftains are in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary. A big part of the band’s longevity has to do with the group’s willingness to work with a wide spate of collaborators including The Rolling Stones, Ziggy Marley, Ry Cooder, Willie Nelson and Madonna. It was no less different on the band’s last studio outing, 2012’s Voice of Ages, where Ireland’s official Musical Ambassadors were joined by the likes of Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and The Punch Brothers.


March 9

Brooklyn

Cirque Ziva performed by the

Golden Dragon Acrobats @

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College,

Campus Rd. & Hillel Place, 3 p.m. (Tues.-Sat., 1-6  p.m.), $35.

718-951-4500 www.brooklyncenteronline.org.

Nominated for New York Drama Desk Awards for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience, this elaborate production is comprised of graceful athletes, actors and artists from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China, who have honed their breathtaking skills since early childhood.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats create their magic 200 times a year, as they perform through all 50 states and in more than 65 countries around the world. The group’s founder, producer and artistic director, Danny Chang, one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics, began training with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei at age eight, and has been with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, since age ten. — Sheri Arbital Jacoby


March 10

NYC

Shannon McNally @ Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater,

425 Lafayette St. 9:30 p.m. $12.

212-239-6200 www.joespub.com

Even though she calls New Orleans home now, Long Island native Shannon McNally returns to her backyard while paying tribute to her late friend, legendary Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles. With last year’s Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack-produced Small Town Talk, McNally cut 14 songs handpicked by herself, Rebennack and Charles before he passed away. Expect a lovefest for the man who penned ‘’50s and ‘’60s hits for artists like Fats Domino and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.


March 11

Uniondale

Demi Lovato @ Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Coliseum,

1255 Hempstead Tpke., 7 p.m.

$93.50, $83.65, $63.20, $52.95, $42.70.

866-448-7849 www.nassaucoliseum.com

Even though Demi Lovato is part of the Disney music empire that counts Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers among its ranks, and is a recently-departed judge of Simon Cowell’s American version of The X Factor, it’s a little-known fact that she’s a huge fan of black metal and metalcore with Lamb of God and Dimmu Borgir. Just don’t expect Lovato to be trotting out a cover of “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” at the Coliseum. (With Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.)


March 14

Westbury

Trisha Yearwood @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury,

960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m.

$84.25, $62.50, $52. 877-598-8497 www.livenation.com

For this tour that she’s dubbed “Just Because,” Trisha Yearwood is returning to her love of performing live without the benefit of a new album. Since marrying Garth Brooks in 2005, the Georgia native has released one album, (2007’s Heaven, Heartaches and the Power of Love), and more recently has been known for writing New York Times bestselling cookbooks and her well-received Food Network program Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. Expect plenty of friendly banter and a wealth of hits including “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “How Do I Live” and “Walkaway Joe.”