Watch Charles Bradley Visit Vienna, Austria

[youtube id=”zHDhTBXitRo”]  Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey are the filmmakers behind The Living On Soul documentary about Daptone Records. In 2014, they visited Vienna, Austria with Charles Bradly on the Daptone Super Soul Revue European tour. In this clip, Bradley talks about his life, performs for people on the street and visits a church. Living On Soul is both documentary and concert film. It is a combination of behind the scenes footage of the tour and a concert they had at the Apollo Theater. Living On Soul will have its official release on December 5th.


R.I.P. Charles Bradley

Soul singer Charles Bradley passed earlier today at age 68 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016. He was on tour earlier this year but had to cancel dates when the cancer spread to his liver. Bradley’s Changes album was released last year and it was inspired by the lyrics to Black Sabbath’s ballad “Changes.”  He said,

“I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing “Changes” and get emotional. It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.”

The album stayed true to his emotionally vulnerable delivery of lyrics that always has a personal meaning for him. Bradley became an unusual soul star when his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, was released in 2011 because he was much older than the mainstream definition of a successful artist. He performed as a James Brown impersonator under the name Black Velvet for years before Daptone Records founder Gabriel Roth discovered him performing in a Brooklyn club. In less than a decade Bradley along with the label’s star Sharon Jones, gave Daptone an identity and established himself as an underground soul star. His audience was growing after appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and an Emmy nomination for his live performance on Conan and CBS This Morning: Saturday. He also had an appearance in Marvel’s Luke Cage performing “Ain’t It A Sin” from Changes. In 2012, his story was turned into the documentary, Charles Bradley: Soul Of America. Paste magazine ranked him at number one on their Best Live Acts Of 2015 list. Bradley’s theatrical screeching inspired some people to call him the ‘screaming eagle of soul.’  His choice to have a career at an age when most people have settled into mediocrity proved the “too late to live a dream” idea to be a falsehood.

Those who want to send flowers are advised to make donations to the All-Stars Projects or Music Unites.

Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Because Of Sickness

Charles Bradley has canceled his tour because his stomach cancer has spread to his liver. The cancer has not returned to his stomach but he is taking time away from music to receive treatment. His third album Changes was released last year to critical acclaim and his performance on CBS This Morning: Saturday earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance In A Daytime Program. Bradley left a message for his fans regarding the break:

“I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” notes the 68-year old. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”

                                     Charles Bradley Canceled Tour Dates 

                                              Sep 08 Uncasville, CT – The Wolf Den

                                              Sep 09 Brooklyn, NY – OctFest

                                              Sep 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina – NICETO Club

                                             Sep 15 Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pompeia Choperia

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

Sep 22 Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Kickoff @ Memorial Hall

Sep 23 Chicago, IL – Goose Island 312 Block Party

Sep 28 St. Paul, MN – MPR @ Fitzgerald’s

Sep 29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling

Oct 01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival

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

Oct 20 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Halifax Pop Explosion

Oct 25 Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center For The Arts

Oct 26 Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre

Oct 28 Suwanne Park, FL – Hulaween Festival

Oct 29 New Orleans, Louisiana – Voodoo Festival

Nov 10 McDade, TX – Sounds On Sound Festival

Nov 11 Cocoa Beach, FL – Rootfire Festival

Nov 21 Paris, France – La Cigale

Nov 23 Porto, Portugal – Coliseu du Porto

Nov 24 Vigo, Spain – Superbock Underfest Vigo

Nov 25 Lisbon, Portugal – Mexefest Festival at Coliseu de Lisboa

Nov 28 Berlin, Germany – Astra

Nov 29 München, Germany – Muffathalle

Nov 30 Köln, Germany – Live Music Hall

Dec 02 Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36

Dec 03 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma

Dec 05 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso

Dec 06 Nijmegen, Holland – Doornroosje

Dec 08 Rotterdam, Holland – Annabel

Dec 09 Tilburg, Holland – 013 Popcentrum

Dec 10 Groningen, Holland – Oosterpoort

Dec 12 Zurich, Switzerland – Kauflauten

Dec 15 London, England – O2 Forum

Dec 16 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma

Dec 29 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore

Dec 31 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center (w/ My Morning Jacket)

Charles Bradley Announces New Tour After Cancer Treatment

Charles Bradley has announced a new tour after taking time off for the treatment of cancer. Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of 2016 and canceled remaining tour dates to deal with his health. He is back on the road tonight at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington. and will be for the rest of the summer. Bradley thanked his fans in his tour announcement.

“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 honoured and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love.”

Charles Bradley Tour Dates:

5/26 George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
5/28 Sonoma, CA – BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
6/01 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Governors Ball Pre-Party)
6/02 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
6/03 State College, PA – Happy Valley Festival
6/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
6/16 Monterey, CA – Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary
6/22 Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amphitheater
6/24 Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music Festival
6/30 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival
7/01 Waitsfield, VT – Friendly Gathering Festival
7/04 Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Festival
7/07 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Music Festival
7/13 Chicago, IL – House of Vans
7/15 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival
7/16 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
7/29 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential Festival
7/30 Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival
8/03-04 Portland, OR – Pickathon Festival
8/05 Whistler, BC – Wanderlust Festival
8/06 Kaslo, BC – Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Festival
8/12 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival
8/19 Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville Music Festival
8/26 Pine Plains, NY – Huichica East Festival
8/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series
9/04 Long Island, NY – The Surf Lodge
9/16 Rio de Janeiro, BR – Rock in Rio
9/29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
10/01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival
10/07 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival