One of the most electrifying of today’s soul performers is Charles Bradley, who I saw open for Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at the Barrymore Theatre a few years ago. Originally a James Brown impersonator, the 64-year-old Bradley has gone beyond impersonation and become an authentic and exciting soul singer.
And, as Andy Downing’s great interview for 77 Square last February showed, that road to the spotlight has been long and hard for Bradley, and he has a lot of heartache to draw from when he performs. All of which is to say that Bradley would make a great subject for a movie, and he did — the documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America.”
Some Madison folks are using Tugg (like Kickstarter for movies) to set up a screening of “Soul of America” on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Star Cinema, and they need your help. The way Tugg works is that a certain number of people have to pledge to see the film. If enough pledge, then it happens. Right now, with nine days to go until the deadline, the organizers need another 47 people to reserve tickets via the website.
To sweeten the deal, True Endeavors will be raffling off four tickets to Bradley’s December 4 show at the High Noon Saloon, and Strictly Discs will also be giving away a prize package to a lucky audience member. Even without that’, it’s a worthy chance to support a great artist and a local grassroots effort to bring something different to the big screen.