Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Cancel Album Release and Touring For 2013 - Including Appearance at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest on June 28

June 3, 2013

Health Concerns Necessitate Postponement

James Hunter Six to Play at 9PM -- Shemekia Copeland Added to Lineup at 7PM

Both Concerts Free!

Rochester, NY--June 3, 2013--Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings announced today, that plans to tour and release their upcoming album in 2013 have been postponed.

According to her tour management, "Sharon Jones, who was scheduled to perform at a free concert at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 28 at 9PM, has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread. It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence. A new release date and rescheduled tours worldwide will be announced at a later date."

The James Hunter Six, previously scheduled for 7PM on June 28th, will now play at 9PM. Added to the schedule, now performing at 7PM on the 28th, will be two-time Grammy nominee, Shemekia Copeland. Both are free shows on the City of Rochester East Avenue and Chestnut Street Stage presented by Rochester General Health System.

John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director for XRIJF said, "We send Sharon our very best wishes for good health and a speedy recovery on behalf of the festival and all her fans here in Rochester. She will be missed and we hope that she will be able to join at a future festival."

In a statement, "Sharon would like her fans to know that she is anxious to get back on her feet, and that she is "down, but not out!" Give The People What They Want will NOT be released on Aug 6, 2013 as previously scheduled."

Jones said, "Over the last few weeks I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it's operable and curable! I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!"

About Shemekia Copeland

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30's, she's opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor's crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and officially given the honor as the new "Queen of the Blues" by Taylor's daughter, Cookie.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. This year's 12th Edition, June 21-29, will feature a diverse and eclectic performance roster of 1,200-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 81 free shows at 19 venues. The 2012 Festival drew more than 187,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.