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Wanda Jackson with Jack White at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 1/21

Posted by jessicamisener on January 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM


A sold-out crowd of Brooklynites still loved their old-time rock 'n' roll enough to pack the Music Hall of Williamsburg for the inimitable Wanda Jackson on Friday night. Backed by Jack White on guitar and the Third Man Records studio band on everything else, the pint-sized queen of rockabilly shimmied in a white fringed jacket as she turned the venue into a rollicking house of good, old-fashioned rock frenzy. Self-effacingly using a lyrics sheet as she plowed through some of the tracks off her new, White-produced album The Party Ain't Over, Jackson, 73, also performed a rousing version of "Riot in Cell Block #9" and a cover of the Amy Winehouse song "I'm No Good" while White seemed giddy just squealing away by her side during his standard manic guitar solos. Even with a pair of sashaying backup singers, the retro energy never turned twee, leaving the crowd despondent after the final flush of "Shakin' All Over," when Jackson and co. whisked off the stage without an encore. - jm

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