Charles Bradley's tale is anything but an overnight-success story. Inspired by James Brown, the fiery young soul singer briefly had a band in the 1960s, but his backing musicians were pulled away by the draft for the Vietnam War; Bradley soon disappeared into the woodwork, toiling in anonymity for a decade as a cook in Maine, then becoming homeless and wandering aimlessly all over the continent. As recounted in the 2012 documentary Soul of America, Bradley nonetheless enjoyed an unexpected, late-career resurgence with the release of his long-overdue debut album, 2011's No Time for Dreaming. The story continues with last year's follow-up, Victim of Love, where Bradley belts out Stax-style soul ballads with the power of Otis Redding.

Sat., May 17, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 05/17/14)

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