Be Here Now: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ MASS MoCA

You knew right from the start that the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) wasn’t going to be one of those stuffy, elitist, academic kind of art museums. First of all, it’s an old electronics factory, and while the artwork is up-to-the-minute, a lot of the exhibition space is raw and funky, as unfinished as can be.

Secondly, when the museum had its official grand opening, Los Lobos – one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands – played the opening concert on Memorial Day weekend 1999.

That was a full decade ago.

And to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary they didn’t book some cerebral, conceptualist combo, either. It’s first-rate, old-school funk & soul from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and it’s guaranteed to make you sweat. Party on!

The Dap-Kings start kicking out the dance party jams at 8:30pm, but get there early to catch the opening reception for three new exhibits – Guy Ben-Ner’s “Thursday the 12th,” George Cochrane’s “Long Time Gone” and the emerging artists’ group show “This Is Killing Me” – from 5:30-7:30pm.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
The Hunter Center @ MASS MoCA
87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.
8:30pm Saturday, May 23

Here’s a video of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings performing “100 Days, 100 Nights:”

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