“They got a lot of singers coming out today that say they do R&B, soul and funk,” Sharon Jones told OffBeat ahead of her Jazz Fest set back in April. “But now, when they say R&B they mean pop…Don’t make it something it’s not. Don’t take the soul out of soul.”
Fortunately for fans of R&B, Jones is the real deal. Despite her three-year long battle with pancreatic cancer, Jones has continued to tour the world with a soul sound that is as authentic as it gets. Those that aren’t already privy to her booming voice and vibrant stage presence (as well as those that are) will have the perfect chance to get acquainted when Jones and her backing band, The Dap-Kings, headline Boudin, Bourbon & Beer in Champions Square on Friday, November 4.
Hosted by the nonprofit Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the annual fundraiser will offer exactly what its name suggests: a chance to sample some great boudin, bourbon and beer. The beer will be provided by Abita Brewery, the bourbon will be provided by Buffalo Trace and the boudin will come courtesy of over 60 locally and nationally renowned chefs.
This is New Orleans after all, so music is as integral to the party as anything. In addition to Jones, and The Dap-Kings, the gathering will also feature up-and-coming Southern rocker Anderson East, Nashville-based sextet Banditos, Cajun music makers (and OffBeat favorites) the Lost Bayou Ramblers and eclectic New Orleans ensemble the St. Claude Serenaders.
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer will take over Champions Square on Friday, November 4. Tickets are available for $99 and include all food, beverages and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Sharon Jones has cancelled her appearance at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer due to health concerns. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will replace her at the top of the bill.