TVD Live Shots: Charles Bradley and The Cool Kids at the House of Vans, 7/13

I don’t know how we’ve managed to go all of these months without Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires on the road, dazzling all of us. All I can say is that it’s so, so, SO wonderful to have him back. In October 2016, it was announced that Charles Bradley had stomach cancer and would be seeking treatment for it. Now, less than a year later, the Screaming Eagle of Soul has soared through the treatments and is better than ever.

The House of Vans Chicago was a sweaty, packed house last night but no one was complaining. (And can I just give a quick shout out to the House of Vans for being so badass?! They host free shows with free Goose Island beer in their super cool space run by really awesome employees—and that’s just a fraction of what they do. Thank you!)

Lovable locals The Cool Kids kicked off the night in style (Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 we’re unable to make it so The Cool Kids saved the day at the last minute). Their set was a treat—the icing on the Charles Bradley cake. The Extraordinaires took the stage next, warming up the crowd for a couple of songs before Charles appeared in all of his glory. He was his incredible, hip-shaking self, singing with all of his heart and soul. The crowd gave the love right back to him, making for a beautiful evening.


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