Last week, I drove up to Ithaca and Trumansburg, New York, my old stomping grounds, high above Cayuga's waters.
Although I spent a good deal of time with old friends and former professors, I was there principally for the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. (On Friday morning, I played a square dance with The Chicken-Fried String Band.)
On Friday night, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings took to the festival's infield stage. It was the highlight of the whole thing, in my humble opinion.
I could go on and on about how incredible they were, how great the music was, and how eager I was to hear more, but I think it'd be best if I let the band speak for itself:
As soon as I got back to Washington, I sent a note to the band's publicist. They have a new album coming out in February. I'll do my best to get them here, to Studio 4A, for a performance chat then. Promise.