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Pure Soul Dynamite At Town Ballroom with Charles Bradley

Pure Soul Dynamite At Town Ballroom with Charles Bradley

Saturday, February 25

Photo by Robert Lorezel

2011 was the year of Charles Bradley. He was the 63-year-old new kid on the block who took the world by storm with his electrifying live performances and debut album No Time For Dreaming. Mixing the deep, impassioned soul croon of Otis Redding, the testifying holler of David Ruffin and the pure showmanship of James Brown, Bradley stood tall like a link to a rich past. His sound is something of throwback to soul/r&b tradition for which the likes of hasn’t been heard in decades, but here he was in flesh with newness and a refreshing modern immediacy. Now Bradley returns to the Town Ballroom on Saturday (Feb 25), one year from his show-stopping set supporting Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings to headline. His story has also been put to a forthcoming documentary Charles Bradley: Soul Of America and shows the man called “The Screaming Eagle Of Soul” as an unlikely underdog hero that would give Rocky a run for his money. Bradley’s unstoppable live set with The Extraodinaires hits Town Ballroom www.townballroom.com Saturday night with support from English funk-soul wunderkind Little Barrie. More on the documentary film at www.charlesbradleyfilm.com —gore peterson