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Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band
December 6, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am18$
The amazing backstory of Charles Bradley’s life and eventual rise to fame are nothing short of inspirational. Through homelessness, the murder of his brother, being abandoned by his mother, and more tragedy than anyone should ever have to endure, Charles always had music in his soul. Inspired by a James Brown performance that he witnessed when he was 14, he’s had aspirations to be a performer ever since. In fact, it was as a James Brown impersonator and under the name of “Black Velvet” that he was first discovered by the premier label for soul revivalism, Daptone records. But even as an artist on their roster, his skills were still shelved indefinitely. It wasn’t until guitarist/producer Thomas Brenneck (Budos Band, Dap Kings) formed the Menahan Street band and convinced Bradley to start writing more personal and autobiographical tracks that told his story, when he truly found his voice. Now in his 60s, Bradley’s has finally found the success that he fought so hard for most of his life, with his Brenneck produced debut, No Time For Dreaming and his live performances are even more impressive. Heartfelt and soulful, his set at the Sasquatch festival earlier this year is in the running for the very best concert that I saw all year. No joke. At a 1pm on the mainstage performing to jaded teenagers, he killed it. An 18 year old girl even started crying. This is a sure bet for one of the greatest and most real performances that you’re likely to catch in a long time. Plus, being a Seattle performance, there’s the possibility that he may even break out his inspired cover of Nirvana’s “Stay Away.”