Soul Singer Charles Bradley Returns to the Road After Cancer Treatment & Recovery

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Charles Bradley at the FYF fest in 2013


I had no idea Charles Bradley was sick! He got very ill but he is recovering well and wrote this thank you note to his fans :

‘I am so grateful to my beautiful fans and touched by all the love and support they showed me through my crisis and time of sickness. They truly lifted me up and kept me going. I am honored and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love.’

I saw him for the first time at the FYF Fest in 2013, and another time during another edition of the same festival in 2016, he has obviously been a darling of the organizers, and this is not surprising. With a James Brown’s look and an Otis Redding’s voice, Bradley looks like the real thing, ,… yep, he really makes you think about soul-funk stars of this caliber.

In 2013, he made a stage entrance after a Blues Brothers-style introduction including trumpet, sax and Korg organ, shrieked like James Brown, sang and crooned like Otis Redding, and did plenty of arm gestures over his revivalist-style of the greatest moments of soul and R&B music. Surrounded by an all-white band, he was screaming his blackness with a rare authenticity… in 2016, I found him a bit more static, but he still had his visceral muffled screams,…  he was probably already sick.

Charles Bradley was diagnosed with a stomach cancer last fall, but has successfully completed treatment and is returning to the stage at 68 with His Extraordinaires for a series of festival appearances this summer and fall. He will perform at Sasquatch and Bottle Rock Festivals this weekend, and will also make an appearance at Governors Ball and Governors Ball pre-party at Brooklyn Bowl early June, at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Festival in Southern California in June as well as at Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, in October.

If you watch TV, you may have heard him as three of his songs were used in the HBO hit series ‘Big Little Lies’, among other placements such as Netflix series Luke Cage and CBS Sports’ March Madness coverage. Meanwhile, he has been nominated for several A2IM Awards including Best Live Act and Best Blues/Jazz/R&B Album (Changes), and was featured during this touching conversation with NPR Morning Edition.

Whether you have seen seen him before or not, try to catch him on the road at one of these dates below, he may have started as an impersonator but surely found his real voice along the way


May 26 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

May 28 Sonoma, CA – Bottle Rock Festival

Jun 01 Brooklyn, NY – Governors Ball Pre-Party @ Brooklyn Bowl

Jun 02 New York, NY – Governors Ball

Jun 03 State College, PA – Happy Valley Music Festival

Jun 10 Asbury Park, NJ – Punk Rock Bowling @ Stone Pony

Jun 16 Monterey, CA – Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary

Jun 22 Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amphitheater (with Joss Stone)

Jun 24 Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music Festival

Jun 30 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jul 01 Waitsfield, VT – Friendly Gathering Festival

Jul 04 Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Festival @ The Metropolis

Jul 07 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Music Festival

Jul 13 Chicago, IL – House Of Vans

Jul 15 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Jul 16 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

Jul 29 Philadelphia, PA – Xponential Festival

Jul 30 Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival

Aug 03 – 04 Portland, OR – Pickathon Festival

Aug 05 Whister, BC – Wanderlust Festival

Aug 06 Kaslo, BC – Kaslo Jazz Festival

Aug 12 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival @ Big Sky Brewing Co

Aug 19 Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville Music Festival

Aug 26 Pine Plains, NY – Huichica East Festival

Aug 31 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series (with The Roots)

Sep 04 Montauk, LI, NY – The Surf Lodge

Sep 16 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio 2017

Sep 29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling

Oct 01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival

Oct 07 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival



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