Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Santa Barbara bowl

Teamwork vs. individual brilliance

It was interesting to contrast the performance of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings with the headline act Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Santa Barbara Bowl last night. The Dap Kings played as a unit. Tight. But no particular player or instrument stood out. There were no guitar solos, drum solos or horns solos. Sharon shined and her vocals, dancing and energy were enhanced by the super tight band supporting her.

In contrast the Tedeschi Trucks Band seemed like a revolving solo with a lot of focus on the guitar player. He seem to perform in repeating, long and histrionic guitar solos and a huge amount of time was focused on him. Then the solo spotlight moved to the two drummer and then back to the guitar pyrotechnics. The jam band type of focus and movement from solo to solo took away from the experience.

I thought the support band was a better performance and experience than the headliner last night.