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Review: The Wheels of Soul Tour At The Greek

posted June 11, 2015, 11:46 am by Carlita | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


Perusing the Greek Theatre summer calendar, it’s that great time again for outdoor shows under the stars. When I saw “The Wheels of Soul” summer tour stop listed, I knew I needed to go. Three fantastic acts I’ve all seen virtually but never live. Doyle Bramhall II kicked the show off early in blues rock fashion as the sun started to set, performed for 30 min and thanked the crowd for being there. One person in the crowd jokingly yelled back, “I’m here and that’s all that matters” which made Doyle smile.

DSCF6079 The Dap Kings followed next with The Dapettes starting the set off with a few songs before the force of nature, Sharon Jones, took the stage. Sharon, in her blue fringed glory, gave some Tina Turner, covered Gladys Knight, and acknowledged her cancer fight during the show. She mentioned she was happy to be alive and well and it showed. Strutting, mash potatoing (It’s a word when Sharon does it) and doing the funky chicken, she left it all out on the stage.

DSCF6054 Ending the show in proper jam style fashion, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, took the stage around 9:15 PM with a full horn section and flutist, amping the Derek and Susan experience up a notch. One lady yelled into my ear behind me “I love you, Susan! I’m going to die!” as Susan’s trademark raspy voice and Derek’s guitar reverbed throughout the canyon. Bringing Doyle and Sharon back out to do “Tell Mama” towards the end of the set, the wheels of soul kept on keepin’ on.


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