Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires w/Paul and The Tall Trees

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

When it comes to greasy hard funk and top-shelf R&B, Charles Bradley might not have invented the wheel, but he sure as hell is keeping it turning. The 64-year-old singer is a rare late bloomer in the music world, but one who burns bright with uncontainable intensity. Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul, started his career as a James Brown impersonator in the mid-’90s before going on to release singles on R&B indie Daptone Records in 2002, eventually delivering a proper full-length in 2011’s stellar, Stax-informed soul-revival juggernaut No Time for Dreaming, which boasted the Curtis Mayfield-worthy social rumination “Why Is It So Hard? (To Make It in America).” That same year Bradley released astounding, deep R&B imaginings of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” The latter became a staple in a sweaty, stage-igniting live revue replete with diamond-bedazzled jumpsuits and ear-piercing, gut-wrenching primal screams that brought a bygone era to clubs and festivals worldwide. Extensive touring and well-deserved hype (some  driven by the acclaimed 2012 documentary based on his life, Charles Bradley: Soul of America) have set the stage for Bradley’s follow-up, Victim of Love, which obliterates all notions of a sophomore slump on Stax-worthy standouts like the foot-stomping psych-funk frenzy “Confusion,” the pleading heart-on-sleeve ballad “Let Love Stand a Chance,” and the breezy sunny-day blues bopper “You Put the Flame on It.”

—Adam Gold

Sat, May 4 | 8:00 PM
Presale ($15) & Day of show ($17)
18 and over
[Venue Details]

Charles Bradley

Brooklyn NY  |  R&B/Soul

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