So I’m thinking that a good part of Charles Bradley‘s average day is comprised of the following activities: sweating, singing, dancing, loving, worshipping, smiling, crying, and changing outfits.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires played a tremendous set at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival in Trustees Theater, which holds well over 1000. This past Wednesday night, in a gig booked by the folks at Savannah Stopover/MusicFile Productions Bradley and his band performed a passionate 90-minute show in a space about 1/10th that size. The sheer emotion that the 65-years young Screaming Eagle of Soul brings to the stage is beyond description, and in the intimate space of The Jinx he was completely engaged with the crowd even prior to leaving the stage for his signature hugging of audience members before being led away teary-eyed by his minder.
I was especially moved by Bradley’s inspirational words that bled right into the singing of the autobiographical “Why Is It so Hard [to make it in America]?”
If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Bradley, don’t miss him the next time around. He played Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta on Friday and got a glowing review at Access Atlanta.
As usual, I took a lot of photos. The crowd made it a little tricky to move around a whole lot, and some of the shots from stage left definitely looked better in black and white, but I could take and edit photos of this Bradley’s face all day. A few here with more after the jump.