NEW HAVEN — It’s been a rough year or so in the Brooklyn soul world, with both force of nature Sharon Jones and deeply soulful Charles Bradley succumbing to cancer within 10 months of each other in November 2016 and September 2017.

But, guess what. Members of their respective bands, The Dap Kings and The Extraordinaires, have gotten together to pursue a common interest — the awesome music of the late Junior Walker and his All Stars — and they’re taking over Cafe Nine on Dec. 29 for a bluesy soulfest.

The Jr. Walker Blues Band, as they call themselves, features members of the Sugarman Three, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, all from Daptone Records, and they promise a rather simple and beautiful thing: “All soul, all night!”

What a nice way to kiss goodbye to 2017!

Special guest DJ B the T Jr. also will be there, spinning soul records before, between and after the Jr. Walker Blues Band’s sets.

Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $10 with tickets available at the door and at

If you need more of a musical bridge between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you also might want to stop by Cafe Nine on Dec. 28, when Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez join forces with the George Baker Band for their annual end-of-the-year holiday party.

Expect plenty of roots rock, blues and soul. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door or $12 in advance at Cafe Nine is located at 250 State St., at the corner of State and Crown.

Some other great shows happening during days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve include:

Roomful of Blues, performing at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at Infinity Hall in Hartford. Tickets are $34-$49 at

NRBQ alum Big Al Anderson & the Floor Models at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk and at 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at Infinity Hall in Hartford. Tickets for either show are $49-$69 at

Turkuaz, with Pimps of Joytime at 9 p.m. Dec. 30 at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Tickets are $23-$25 at