Sharon Jones, front lady for the Dap-Kings, opens the band’s fifth studio album, “Give the People What They Want,” with a defiant shout, “Retreat! If you know what’s good for you — step back.”
In the song, she’s talking to a man, but the feisty, 57-year-old soul singer, who plays Seattle two nights next week, might just as well have been talking to the cancer that assailed her last year — and which, against all odds, she beat.
As of January, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have gone back out on the road, driving fans crazy with their funky, R&B grooves.
Though Jones is a mesmerizing singer with the beats of Motown and Stax rolling through her veins, her band rarely displays the originality and character of the ’60s-era genre whose details it executes so well.
However, when Dap-Tone label founder, Dap-King bassist and songwriter Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) steps up to the plate, that sometimes changes.
On the new album, Mann’s mischievously bouncy “Stranger to My Happiness” and coolly atmospheric “Slow Down, Love” stand up handily to Smokey and Little Anthony, which is a good thing.
Songs like “We Get Along” and Mann’s “People Don’t Get What They Deserve” also make it clear the Dap-Kings care about social justice, a churchy touch that goes down well with ’60s soul.
English singer James Hunter opens the show.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, April 2-3 at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $29.50-$31.50 (888-929-7849 or www.showboxonline.com).