Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
While Captain America (“The Winter Soldier”) might have once graced the City of Cleveland’s Shoreway, and currently the silver screen, we at the Beachland are proposing a new superhero, a new Captain America, even. Mind you, Mr. Charles Bradley isn't exactly new to many Beachland fans out there. But the quality of hurt and redemption that this soul singer carries in his powerful voice can often feel like the soundtrack to our country’s tempestuous history. One listen to such Bradley tunes as “Why Is It So Hard” and “The World (Is Going Up In Flames) summons the spirits of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, Syl Johnson’s “Is It Because I’m Black” and the immortal Gil Scott-Heron / Brian Jackson collaboration, “Winter In America”. You wanna talk about keeping it real? You wanna talk about following your passion? There’s a reason that the biopic of Bradley’s life is called Soul Of America. A Guardian UK review of Bradley’s latest album, Victim of Love, writes, “But affectation is the last thing that springs to mind when Bradley unleashes his secret weapon, a scream that's simultaneously joyously cathartic and profoundly unsettling. In a world of soul singers attempting to convey emotion through flashy melismata, it's a sound that feels utterly primal, that seems to begin life not in the lungs, but somewhere within a deeply pained psyche.” You want soul?