Charles Bradley Reminds Us That Soul Is All We Need

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, September 19

Photo by Al Powers

Photo by Al Powers

“Do you want to go back to the old time?” the 65-year-old soul singer asked the audience. “Well, let me take you there.” With that, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires escorted fans on a journey that touched on the high notes of R&B and soul. Armed with his signature raspy voice, an undeniable stage presence and three flashy suits, Bradley paraded through singles “The World (Is Going Up in Flames)” and “How Long” with poise and tenacity. Bradley’s powerful voice resonated well amid the Extraordinaires’ tight performance. Taking cues from James Brown and Otis Redding, he screamed between lyrics and used the microphone stand as a prop. Passionate with his lover in “Lovin’ You, Baby,” Bradley collapsed onstage, microphone and all, in ecstasy. The singer ended his 15-song set with a heartwarming speech—reminding fans that “soul and kindness are the keys to a better world.” ★★★★✩

Photos by Al Powers

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