Free This Weekend: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Stern Grove


Sharon Jones began her music career in a choir in Augusta, Georgia. Then she stopped, after a record executive told her she’d never make it. Twenty years later, she was lifted from the back of a chorus to lead a nine-piece Motown revivalist group.

Since then, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have lent their haunting sound to two Grammy-winning albums (Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and legendary soul singer Al Green’s Lay It Down) and soundtracks for films featuring little-known actors like Denzel Washington and George Clooney. Their fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, landed them on NPR, BBC, and late night shows. Now they’re at Stern Grove, where you can hear them for the price of sitting in the fog. 

June 19, 2 p.m. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Free. Information at 

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