They came united in purpose, if not in presentation. Sure, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and openers Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings each filled the stage with a dozen singers and musicians, but their sets roared at entirely different speeds on their Wheels of Soul summer tour stop.
Following a blistering opening 40 minutes from Texas bluesman Doyle Bramhall II, Jones led her Dap-Kings through a high-energy, 60s soul revue. Directing her band at times with a wave of the hand or a shake of her hip, the 59-year-old Jones delivered the goods like a true diva should, kicking off her shoes to dance on “Get Up and Get Out” as she worked up a sweat and pranced across the stage.
By contrast, the Tedeschi Trucks Band offered a more improvisational, laid-back and democratic spin on soul. While Derek Trucks’ jazzy, Allmanesque guitar licks and Susan Tedeschi’s bluesy growl stamp the band’s core sound, the husband-wife team shared the spotlight with their bandmates on songs such as “Don’t Miss Me” and “Bound For Glory.” The band also welcomed Jones and Bramhall into the fold for “Bring it On Home to Me” and “Tell Mama,” punctuating a show that eclipsed five hours and perhaps every other tour going this summer. ★★★★★
Photos by Denise Truscello