They call him the “screaming eagle of soul” and if you caught his opening set for Sharon Jones a couple years back you know why. The Daptone Records artist has the pipes and moves of a man half his age and the sound and fashion sense of a soul half as old.
Bradley first got his start as a James Brown impersonator, so classic early-’60s soul is his bread and butter, but in keeping with the Daptone narrative, he wasn’t discovered until he hit his 60s. No Time For Dreaming was his debutante ball in 2011 but he’s really struck out as a headlining artist with last year’s Victim of Love. The whole Bradley story—including bi-coastal hitchiking, homelessness and near death—was documented in the film Soul of America.
After hearing the story and the music, you’ve got no excuse for staying in your seat when he comes to Bearsville (but we’ll give you a pass on the jump splits).
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will play the Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker St., Woodstock) on Friday (Jan. 24) at 9 PM. Tickets are $25-$48. Call (845) 679-4406 for more