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100 Days, 100 Nights , 100 Shows (Okay… 22)

04:12 AM Monday 12/17/07 |   |

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings continue to add fuel to the white-hot buzz around their smokin' live sets and their latest release, 100 Days, 100 Nights.

The group will kick off the New Year by headlining a pre-cruise party for the Jam Cruise January 3 at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, before shipping out aboard MSC Lirica for a 5-day, 5-night music and travel adventure.

More than 20 bands will entertain 2000-plus passengers as the luxury cruise liner makes stops on the island of Roatan, Honduras, and in Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to port January 9.

Acts scheduled to join the Jam Cruise crew include Galactic, Warren Haynes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Funky Meters (featuring Art Neville, George Porter, Russell Batiste & Ian Neville), Yonder Mountain String Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Soulive, Toots & the Maytals, Everyone Orchestra, Perpetual Groove, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Lotus, New Monsoon, Toubab Krewe, The Motet, the DJ Harry, special guest Karl Denson, and many others.

Complete details and reservations are available at JamCruise.com.

Other stops on the band's itinerary include Black Cat in Washington, D.C. (January 17), Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (January 19), Club Downunder in Tallahassee, Fla. (January 23), Antone's in Austin (January 26), Blueberry Hill's Duck Room in Saint Louis (January 30) and Mercy Lounge in Nashville (February 2).

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Fans might wonder how the band finds time to tour with all of the projects its members are involved in.

The Dap Kings have recorded and toured with British sensation Amy Winehouse, worked with producers Mark Ronson, Kanye West and Randy Jackson and played on tracks by Al Green, Lily Allen and Ghostface Killah.

Jones keeps busy too, touring with the live production of Lou Reed's Berlin, recording vocals for a children's album, writing a companion book, singing with Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne and They Might Be Giants and achieving one of her life-long goals - acting.

She recently finished filming a role in the upcoming Denzel Washington film, "The Great Debaters," a part for which she was hand-picked over other contenders, including Mary J. Blige, by Washington himself. The singer also helped shape the movie's sound, performing on seven of the tracks featured on the film's blues-drenched soundtrack.

Jones said keeping constantly busy is just how she and The Dap Tones do things.

"Everything is combined," she told Pollstar. "You do the album, and then you go do shows. When we slack down, we can do things separately, and then we get back together and keep trying to put out an album every year."

The singer also had a message for people who are only familiar with the band through its recordings.

"I'll tell people in a second, 'Buy my album, but you need to come and see a show.'"

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