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Screaming Eagle of Soul: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, February 24

 

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly presents the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires live in concert on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Tickets for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires go on sale this Friday, December 11 at 10am.

Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow,” notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” released the 11-track set in April of 2013 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records to massive critical acclaim.

By now, Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone’s Gabe Roth. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, SPIN, GQ, Paste and more.

Victim of Love is a continuation of that story, moving past the ‘heartache and pain’ and closer to the promise of hope. Where the last record opened with the apocalyptic “The World (is Going Up in Flames),” Victim begins with the “Strictly Reserved for You,” a track where Bradley grabs his girl, jumps in a car and hits the highway for a romantic getaway. “You Put the Flame on It” sees Bradley backed by a horn chart that sounds like it was lifted from a lost Four Tops single. And on “Victim of Love,” the track that lent the album its name, Bradley sings over a gentle acoustic guitar, “I woke up this morning; I felt your love beside me.”

The new album also brings a broader musical scope. Where Dreaming hewed close to the rough-and-ready R&B sound Daptone has become known for, Victim is stylistically more restless, edging closer into the kind of psychedelic soul The Temptations explored in the early ’70s. The album’s closing track “Through the Storm” best summarizes Victim’s message. Over a deep gospel groove, Bradley expresses his gratitude – to his fans, his friends and to God – for their support, their dedication and their devotion. “When the world gives you love,” he sings, “It frees your soul.”

This is the new message of Charles Bradley, the Bradley who has emerged from the heartache stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. This is Charles Bradley, victim of love — gratefully returning the joy that has been given to him. “It’s all about what you give.” Bradley says, leaning hard into that last word. “I don’t care how great a singer you are. I don’t care how much talent you have. If you give, and if the people feel what you’re giving, you’re blessed.”

Tickets for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will go on sale this Friday, December 11 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

SHOW: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TIME: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $33.00 – Advance Reserved Seating $38.00 – Day of Show Reserved Seating

WEBSITES: www.thecharlesbradley.com; www.pvconcerthall.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Dianya Markovits, Marketing and Community Relations Manager / (904) 209-3751

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