LIVE: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ Empire State Plaza, 7/26/17
Photographs by Stan Johnson
Super soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been rapidly on the rise since the release of his acclaimed 2011 debut album, No Time For Dreaming.
And since the death of Sharon Jones last year, Bradley has become the torchbearer for the Dap-Tone Records sound – smokey, sweaty, no-holds-barred soul ‘n’ funk music. In the tradition of such giants as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and especially Godfather James Brown, Bradley knows how to get funky and get down with the best of ’em, as he proved late last month in a free concert on the Empire State Plaza.
His voice has a rough-hewn timbre, full of sand and gravel, uncorked with equal portions of raw power and poignant beauty.
UPCOMING: If you missed him at the Empire State Plaza, I hope you had a good excuse. But lucky for you, another opportunity is looming on the horizon this weekend. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires are headlining the second (and final day) of the Huichica East festival at the Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains. Bradley’s closing set is slated for 9:30pm on Saturday (August 26). GO HERE for the complete festival schedule of bands…