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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tonight in Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Tinariwen and Cyndi Lauper

Posted by Ethan Jayne on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS, THE HEAVY (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) SOUL SISTER—The ever-soulful Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings¬†return to PDX with booty-shaking retro Northern soul. An evening of Jones' velvet vocals is like sipping a salty soul stew featuring the best of old-school Philly, Stax,¬†and Motown. Miss at your own peril. WSH

TINARIWEN, DUSU MALI BAND, DJ GLOBALRUCKUS (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) To fully understand the story of Tinariwen, you must also know the long history of the Tuareg, a nomadic desert tribe in northern Mali who were marginalized by their country's government for decades. The members of Tinariwen have lived through two Tuareg uprisings, a period as refugee soldiers in Qaddafi's Libyan army, and many years of obscurity and poverty as musicians. Tinariwen, however, have since gained a global ear and well-deserved acclaim for their unique music; they've become the figureheads of what is referred to as "assouf" music, a kind of Saharan, guitar-based blues that feels as rootless and free as the desert wind. Tinariwen founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib built his first guitar out of a stick, a can, and a piece of wire taken from a bicycle, and his playing still has that same ingenuity all these years later. NL

And a very happy birthday to Cyndi Lauper! Now 57 years young, girl still just wants to have fun. Enjoy my favorite slow jam (except for maybe "I Believe I Can Fly") above.

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