Load remaining images Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires returned to The Chapel in San Francisco, CA, playing two consecutive sold out shows to kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend.After a legendary list of life events, the 67 year old former James Brown impersonator has nothing but genuine unconditional love for the city whose streets he slept on for 17 years before returning home to his mother in Brooklyn. It was there, at age of 62, that Bradley was discovered by Daptone Records.His third album, Changes, named after the Black Sabbath song Bradley covers on the album, was released this April and finds Bradley at his most powerful. Of the many stories he does tell on stage and in passing, the weight of a thousand more are always on his mind and when he opens up to sing, he lets every one of them out.On Friday, Bradley’s band took to the stage and took the crowd on a jam, loosening up the legs and getting people moving with some high caliber funk rhythms before Bradley’s groovy introduction as a man known “from nation to nation.”Jumping right into it, the emotion was exploding off of Bradley’s face and he only intensified as he moved through selections from each of his albums for a total of 13 songs in just under 75 minutes. He got the show started with “Nobody But You” off of Changes and moved quickly into the title track from his 2011 debut album, No Time For Dreaming.Another exciting aspect to Bradley’s unapologetic take on the soul-funk fusion brand is how everything he does he does with his entire spirit- whether he is delivering an original composition or a cover makes no difference to him. “Love Zone”, the 1986 hit by Billy Ocean, definitely flew under the radar for most of the crowd, but thanks to Bradley’s delivery, everybody enjoyed it’s placement in the middle of the set.Throughout the exhilarating performance, Bradley touched on dreams and opportunities, both crushed and realized, as well as an unyielding hope for the good in the future. This was most fervently acknowledged between the tracks “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from the first record and “Ain’t It A Sin.” A live staple over the last few years, “Sin” is another of the new tracks that made its way to The Chapel.The set ended with “Changes”, the Black Sabbath song Bradley fell in love with at first listen to the lyrics.“I’m gonna give you this song the best way I know how,” said Bradley. “The way I do things best is putting it into my soul. I lost the best friend I ever had.”During the song, Bradley took a momentary break from his high kicks, spin moves and microphone stand shenanigans to get down on the stage, close to the edge and identify with the front rail. A crew member suddenly appeared and handed Bradley a bouquet of multi colored roses.He was handing them up front and throwing them into the middle. Unable to get off the stage and join the crowd, he addressed the crowd with a single rose left in his hands.“I held onto a rose for the back of the room, I tried to get back to you, know that I love you,” he said. “From my heart and soul I gave you all the spiritual roses.”Supporting Bradley Friday and Saturday was San Diego based jazz duo Mattson 2. On Friday, they warmed the crowd up proper, ensuring maximum loose grooves across a 50 minute six song set. Brothers Jonathon and Jared Mattson comprise the duo, with Jonathon manning the drumkit and Jared providing layers of oceanic bass and jazz guitar melodies. They are definitely a West Coast group worth keeping an eye on!Check out a full gallery of images from the show below!
Nas and Mary J. Blige will hit the road together for the first time this summer for a 22-city co-headlining tour throughout North America.Blige, the iconic 90s R&B vocalist, and Nas, the equally-influential 90s hip-hop superstar, will begin their tour on July 11th in West Palm Beach, FL and traverse the U.S. throughout the remainder of the summer before wrapping their run on September 10th in Toronto.Both Nas and Mary J. Blige experienced the height of their popularity in the 90s and early 2000s, but both have remained creatively vital and relevant in recent years. In 2017, Blige received Academy Award nominations for both “Best Supporting Actress” and “Best Original Song” for her dual creative role in the acclaimed film, Mudbound, becoming the first person to be nominated for Oscars for acting and songwriting in the same year. In 2018, Nas released his 12th studio album, NASIR, his first solo LP since 2012’s Life Is Good. The album was one of several 2018 releases from various artists executive produced by Kanye West.While the two have not previously toured together, they have notably collaborated in the past. Below, you can watch the music video for “Love Is All We Need”, the Nas-assisted 1997 single off Blige’s third album, Share My World.Mary J. Blige ft. Nas – “Love Is All We Need” [Music Video][Video: RnbClassix]Ahead of the tour, both Nas and Mary J. Blige will deliver headlining performances at ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, set to take place from July 4th–7th.Tickets for this impressive tag team tour will be available to Citi Card Members starting on April 17th at noon local time. The rest of the tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 10th at 10:00 a.m. local time here.You can check out a full list of Nas and Mary J. Blige’s co-headlining tour dates below. For more information and ticketing details, head to the Live Nation website here.Mary J. Blige + Nas Co-Headlining Tour Dates7/11 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds7/13 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds7/14 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily’s Place7/16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park7/20 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena7/21 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater7/24 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion7/25 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek7/28 – Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre7/31 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater8/2 – Houston, Tx. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion8/3 – Austin, Tx. @ Austin360 Amphitheater8/6 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Starlight Theatre8/9 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion8/14 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre8/16 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint8/17 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint8/20 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater8/22 – Dallas, Tx. @Dos Equis Pavilion8/25 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater8/31 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater9/1 – Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center9/10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser StageView Tour Dates [H/T Billboard]
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has left his post by “mutual consent” after hus team suffered World Cup qualifying heartbreak four days ago.A 2-2 draw in Slovenia meant Scotland missed out on a place in Russia next year and that has ultimately lead to the exit of the 60-year old after a decision was reached mutually with the board of the Scottish Football Association.Assistant Mark McGhee also departs from his role with the national team.Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan while confirming the exit of Strachan, who was appointed in January 2013, said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team.”On his exit, Strachan disclosed that: “I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again,” Strachan said.“I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention.“The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.“Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever.“Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.“I would like to thank the board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach. It has been a real privilege.” he concluded.Speaking further, the SFA executive said:“I know how disappointed he was that we couldn’t secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad.”“After almost five years the board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming Uefa Nations League.“We are grateful to both Gordon and Mark for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future.” Regan concluded. Related
Zlatan Ibrahimovic posted on Tuesday the jersey of Sweden’s club ‘’Hammarby’’ with his name on his back on social media, and given that the 38-year-old still doesn’t have a club, everyone thought he was returning to Sweden as a footballer.However, it will not happen, and Ibrahimovic will indeed go to ‘’Hammarby’’, but as the co-owner of this team from the Swedish capital.‘’I agreed with ‘Hammarby’ and AEG to make this thing as global as possible. Everyone in the world must know about ‘Hammarby’. Not only in Sweden, but all around the world. Everyone needs to know about this club and when they see the club’s crest, they will say: It’s Hammarby,’’ Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Swedish Sport Bladet.Ibrahimovic bought 50 percent of ‘’Hammarby’’ shares which are owned by the American Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). Given that AEG holds almost 50 percent of ‘’Hammarby’s’’ shares, it can be said that Ibrahimovic now owns 1/4 of the Stockholm club.‘’I played in the Galaxy and made a good relationship with the AEG people. Now I got the opportunity to become their partner and it’s impossible to refuse, particularly when it comes to people who are so successful in the business. Besides, I am attached to Sweden and everything just aligned perfectly,’’ he said.Ibrahimovic will come across many Balkan players in ‘’Hammarby’’. There is goalkeeper Davor Blazevic, defender Vladimir Rodic, midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic and strickers Darijan Bojanic, Nikola Djurdjic and Muamer Tankovic.Zlatan ruled out the possibility of playing in Sweden in the future, Klix.ba portal reports.