Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley’s story is a heart-wrenching tale of abandonment and fear, and yet it remains some of the most hopeful and positively uplifting soul experiences in recent years. He returns to the Bay Area for a two night stand at The Chapel, Friday and Saturday September 2 and 3. On Monday, August 29, Bradley will also make an appearance at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma for a free 21+ show.

One of the most captivating performances in the scene today, Bradley pours more of himself into every performance that many bands and artists do in a career. The weight of his words have caused him to bust out in tears mid-song. Seeing Bradley is akin to a religious experience: The more willing you are to relate, the more deeply it roots in you.

Born in Florida and raised between Gainesville and Brooklyn, Bradley’s primary outlet of self-expression was born following a 1962 outing with his older sister to see James Brown’s legendary appearance at The Apollo. Now, at the age of 67, he has 147 dates booked and is making up for lost years by driving forward in full-force, channeling the fire that Brown lit in the '60s.

“That’s what started it cause I always liked to see the blues, but you see, James Brown is the one who put rhythm in the blues. And that’s what made it funky,” Bradley said on CBS This Morning back in April.

He has hitchhiked his way to Alaska and spent 20 years in San Francisco, mostly homeless, before returning to Brooklyn. Five years ago, at the age of 62, he was discovered by Daptone Records.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Laguniats Brewing Company
August 29, 2016
4:20pm, FREE (21+)

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
">The Chapel
September 2 + 3, 2016
9pm, $40

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