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Charles Bradley Transfixes Over Two Nights In San Francisco [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad 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!last_img read more

Liverpool great Fowler parts ways with Australian club

first_imgFormer England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler’s time as coach of Australian side Brisbane Roar ended Monday, with the club blaming the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Fowler was appointed in April last year and he set about overhauling the squad, lifting them to fourth in the table before the A-League was suspended on March 24.He headed back to England and had been non-committal when asked by British media when he would return.“I would like to thank the club for the opportunity, and the Brisbane Roar FC fans for the warm welcome and support for me and the team. We are very proud of what we achieved,” Fowler said in a statement. The club cited “the current and ongoing coronavirus situation” as the reason for Fowler’s departure.“We are disappointed that the global pandemic has impacted our plans together but completely understand that family comes first during these difficult times,” said club deputy chairman Chris Fong.Anyone entering Australia currently must undergo a 14-day quarantine and time was running out for Fowler to return with the league due to resume on July 16.Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler joined Brisbane Roar in April 2019Read Also: Video: Bruce tried to tap up De Bruyne during post-match interviewHe played 369 matches for Liverpool, scoring 183 goals in two stints between 1993 and 2007. He also played for Leeds, Cardiff and Blackburn before a spell in the A-League with the now-defunct North Queensland.Fowler was capped 26 times by England, scoring seven goals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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