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Charles Bradley to take on packed house at The Jinx

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will perform May 7 at The Jinx.


Charles Bradley to take on packed house at The Jinx

29 Apr 2014

Charles Bradley’s Extraordinaires respect him.

Bradley knows this and he could not be more grateful to them for it. In fact, he wants everyone anywhere who has anything to do with his success to know he is grateful for their support.

Bradley’s love for and connection to his audiences are well-documented. When asked about the juggernaut his fame has become, he responds, “I think of my momma. And she always said, ‘Best to let it rest.’”


What: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

When: 9:30 p.m. May 7

Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

Cost: Sold out


Bradley often likes to be alone after his shows because he has “wounds that still need healing.”

Wounds that reopen when he talks to people about how his music rips them open, exposing their own pains and struggle.

Singing since he was 13 or 14, and without any formal training, he says, some people might label his sound as unrefined, but Bradley never claimed to be in the business of being refined. His music erupts like molten lava from his soul. In that way, seeing him perform is to witness a force of nature.

Bradley thrives on reaching people through music and he hopes he can continue to do so for a long time.

“I came to this late in life,” he said, “But I came to it. Many people don’t get this kind of chance.”

And what a break Bradley has had since being discovered in Brooklyn by Daptone Records. He performs all over the world to sold-out venues, traveling so much he spends barely a week at his home in between tours.

His next round of trips will take him to France, Germany, Spain and many other European countries this summer.

Before all that jet-setting, however, Bradley will perform here in Savannah on May 7 courtesy of MusicFile Productions, which is known for Savannah Stopover but also brings hot acts to the region all year long.

In 2013, Bradley and his Extraordinaires sold out the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival. So you can guess that tickets for this show at The Jinx are hot items. Or were.

Tickets sold out on April 11. Don’t let that stop you, however, from wandering down Congress Street. Maybe, in Ellis Square, you will find yourself on a nice bench within earshot of The Jinx. Maybe the staff will leave the front door ajar all night. Then you can at least let Bradley’s voice carry you away as it grinds like subway car wheels along worn tracks — every turn a melodious scream, bearing the weight of others from place to place.

Once Bradley's set is done around 11:30 p.m. or so, local band CUSSES will be spinning retro soul with DJ D-Frost at a free after party at The Jinx.

When asked if he prefers more intimate audiences verses 1,000-plus seat concert halls and amphitheaters, Bradley said, “It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve played in front of five people. I’ve played in front of thousands. What matters to me is making people feel with my music.”