Tedeschi Trucks, Jones return after SPAC triumph

They’re worth it, believe me.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband and wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will be at The Egg in Albany on Saturday.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband and wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will be at The Egg in Albany on Saturday.

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They’re worth it, believe me.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Doyle Bramhall III rocked Saratoga Performing Arts Center in July in one of 2015’s top shows. Seeing them (minus Bramhall) at The Egg is worth it.

A dynamo with a dynamic band, Jones and crew hit on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They hit hard, with the deep-in-the-pocket grooves and high-riding horns and vocals of ’60s soul bands. The 10 Dap Kings have backed everybody from the late, great Amy Winehouse to David Byrne and St. Vincent to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars; yep, they’re the Uptown Funk guys. But a special kind of funk alchemy ignites when Jones leads them.

Her gritty foghorn voice is the least of her powers. Some singers take energy from their bands, but Jones fires up the Dap Kings with her boundless soul spirit, which Barbara Kopple’s biopic “Miss Sharon Jones!” barely contains.

At SPAC in July, she taught the cheering crowd 1965 dances in “Money.” She banished cancer (diagnosed in 2013, just as the Grammy-nominated “Give the People What They Want” was set to hit), triumphantly proclaiming, “I’m Alive!” with joy that rocked everybody. They reached back with can’t-miss classics “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “With Every Beat of My Heart,” but she and her Dap Kings write soul as well as play and sing it. Expect seasonal soul spirit: They just released “It’s a Holiday Soul Party.” $49.50, $34.50. 473-1845 www.theegg.org

Since devastating SPAC on the same show with Jones and company, the Tedeschi Trucks Band — playing The Egg on Tuesday — paid tribute to recently deceased British soul great Joe Cocker at the Lockn’ Music Festival, re-creating the rocking roar of his tremendous Mad Dogs and Englishmen band. Few bands anywhere, any time, could do that.

Early next year they’ll release their fourth album, “Let Me Get By.” (Their debut “Revelator” won a Grammy.) But the TTB was already playing new songs in July, including the funk-chunk blast “I Want More.”

As I reported then, the 12-piece TTB was a “big band beautifully balancing rock power, blues pathos, jaunty jazz and R&B grit.”

7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. $85, $65. 473-1845 www.theegg.org

JAZZY CHRISTMAS

The Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose (1002 Madison Ave., Albany) presents “It’s a Jazz Christmas,” on Friday at 6 p.m.

A jazz celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” music, dressed up as a 1940s radio show, this fifth annual event features local heroes Dave Gleason, piano; Mike Lawrence, bass; Pete Sweeney, drums; Mia Scirocco, vocals; Chris Pasin, trumpet; Ben O’Shea, trombone; and Brian Patneaude, tenor saxophone — seen recently at the reopened Cohoes Music Hall in the Bopitude Drum Battle. $20, students $10, children under 5 free. 337-4871 www.massrycenter.org

JACKSON POSTPONED

A knee injury in a fall while leaving an airplane has forced rockabilly goddess Wanda Jackson to postpone Saturday’s show at the Cohoes Music Hall.

She was to have played with our own Lustre Kings, whom she loves; so here’s hoping she heals fast and hits the road soon.

CAFFE LENA FOLK

Tonight, Anais Mitchell returns to Caffe Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs). A singer-songwriter whose talents match her wide ranging ambitions, she’s written a folk opera (“Hadestown,” 2010) and tackled folk’s deep roots (“Child Ballads,” 2013) as well as contemporary issues (“Young Man in America,” 2012, and “XOA,” 2014).

Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddlemagic) open. 7 p.m. $20 advance, $22 door, $11 students and children. 583-0022 www.caffelena.org

A cappella singers Ball in the House sing soul, R&B, pop and blues on Friday. With six albums since 1999 — “Move” hit last year — these five guys have opened for the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson and other giants on big stages coast to coast. 8 p.m. $16 advance, $18 door, $9 students and children

On Saturday, Rootsy Hudson Valley quartet C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils — Smith, guitar; Megan Gugliotta, fiddle; Bill Strohm, bass; Brendan Donovan, mandolin — play and sing Smith’s songs from “Bluebird,” 2015, and “Flesh & Bone,” 2010.

Mary Gauthier has said, “C.B.’s songs ring true. There’s no higher compliment as far as I’m concerned.” Acoustically home-spun, they hit like country classics. 8 p.m. $14 advance, $16 door, $8 students and children.

Boston’s Lonely Heartstring Band blends Beatles tunes with Bill Monroe sounds with similar instrumentation to Smith’s Lucky Devils on Sunday. 7 p.m. $16 advance, $18 door, $9 students and children

GUITAR COUPLE AT EMPAC

Mary Halvorsen improvises jazz in bands led by Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot and others; and leads her own crews. Colin Marston rocks death metal in Behold … The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice and Gorguts.

What will they cook up tonight at EMPAC (RPI campus, 110 8th St., Troy) in solo sets? Death-jazz-noise-improvisations — would be only a guess. 8 p.m. $18. 276-3291 www.empac.rpi.edu

Reach Gazette columnist Michael Hochanadel at [email protected]

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