House of Vans Chicago continued their series of showcase concerts on the July 13th with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.
Already making a name for itself with line-ups heavy on skater culture (think: thrash/punk/hip-hop), House of Vans demonstrated its broader tastes with Bradley, an honest-to-goodness soul ambassador.
Now Bradley may not be a household name... but that's just for now. Hey, certain hip hop fans may already be familiar based on how often the guy has been sampled.
And if hard work were the only qualifier, he and the band would be headlining arenas by now.
But for now, he just slays the clubs and House Of Vans was no exception. A little time out from the festival circuit, which is also proving to be great exposure.
But for a real taste of what Bradley brings, it just doesn't get any better than the frenzy of a tightly packed, sweaty house -- the band making a true connection up close and personal with its fans.
Like an exposed nerve, Bradley is full of energy and passion that transfers easily to his full ensemble including horns.
Positively old school and I probably wouldn't be the first to evoke James Brown. And we know that type of energy transcends any label.
Whatever House of Van's format is, cheers to keeping it rolling.