Review + Photos: Charles for Change! Charles Bradley at The Chapel

The Chapel felt like a Baptist church as Charles Bradley preached the title track of his new record, Changes (even if it is a Black Sabbath tune). The man is an incendiary performer, bringing together bits of Al Green, Otis Redding, and the legend he first saw perform at age 14, the one he was impersonating the night DapTone discovered him in 2010, James Brown. There were three wardrobe changes over the course of the evening — lots & lots of sequins. The band is a well-oiled machine of classic Stax soul power. For the second night of two sold-out [...]

By |September 6, 2016|Tags: |

Charles Bradley to headline two nights at The Chapel

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 [...]

By |August 24, 2016|Tags: |

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: The Bay Bridged Top 5 Picks

In a town with no discernible seasons, the most notable sign that Fall has arrived is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB). Celebrating its fifteenth year of existence, HSB has become an institution for locals and a destination for music lovers worldwide.  This free music festival draws in crowds as diverse as its lineup: more than 100 acts will perform on 7 stages over the course of three days. With so many musicians - big and small, local and national - performing, how do you even begin to decide who to see? The Bay Bridged's team of writers, photographers, and editors rocked the [...]

Review & Photos: Charles Bradley @ Great American Music Hall, 9/4/13

Last night, Charles Bradley — the self-proclaimed "Screaming Eagle of Soul" — landed at the Great American Music Hall for the first show of his two-day stint in San Francisco. Backed by a seven-man band including horns and keyboards, Bradley shredded his raspy, soulful voice for over an hour, pulling cuts from his latest LP, Victim of Love and his much-acclaimed debut No Time For Dreaming. Any performance by Mr. Bradley stands up wholly on its own, but it's almost impossible not to mention his fascinating backstory. Gabriel Roth, the co-founder of soul-revivalist label Daptone Records, discovered Bradley in a [...]

By |September 5, 2013|Tags: |
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