‘Charles Bradley: Soul of America’ screened tonight at High Dive


The acclaimed documentary film, “Charles Bradley: Soul of America,” which spotlights the career of the Gainesville-born soul singer, will be screened at 10 tonight at High Dive.

Courtesy of Sum of Us
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.

If you’re over the age of 18 and you have a pulse, you probably know that Tom Petty, Against Me! and Bo Diddley all hung their hats in this fair city at some point in their careers; but one name you might not know and totally should is Charles Bradley. Born right here in Gainesville in 1948, Bradley moved to New York City at age 8 and later got his start as a James Brown impersonator under the moniker, “Black Velvet.” Eventually he was signed by the soul-revivalist label, Daptone, in the mid-’90s and has been honing his particular brand of heartache ever since.

Unfortunately, the critically acclaimed soul man won’t be coming back to his hometown any time soon, but if you’d like to get a taste of what he’s all about, head down to High Dive tonight for a free screening of the documentary about his life, “Charles Bradley: Soul of America.” Doors open at the 9 p.m. with the screening set to begin around 10 p.m.

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Speaking of Gainesville musicians breaking big, your favorite ska/pop/punk quintet, Less Than Jake, performs three shows in town this weekend, with special guests including Oklahoma City punk-quartet Red City Radio on Friday and Maryland reggae band Ballyhoo! on Saturday and Sunday. Other opening acts include punk-rock good guys Protagonist and Gainesville’s Liquor Cabinet on Friday; The Attack from Orlando and Sidereal from Jacksonville and Gainesville on Saturday; and local Jamaican-lore enthusiasts Duppies and locals Morning Fatty on Sunday. It’s all at High Dive, of course, with doors opening at 6 p.m. daily and advance tickets available at Hear Again Music and High Tides as well at the club and through TicketWeb.com.

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Fans of heady art-pop should check out North Carolina’s Flagship on Friday at The Atlantic with special guests from Jacksonville, The Dog Apollo, starting at 10 p.m.

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Look out folks, the Dangerous Summer Tour is heading straight for 1982 on Saturday with all your favorite bands under one roof including Hopeless Records’ own The Dangerous Summer, as well as Tommy and The High Pilots, Rare Monk, Breaking Laces, Wayland and Samuel Studer. Be sure to let any teenaged girls you know in on this barn burner; it’s sure to be a doozy. The show starts 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Ever had a week go by in which you didn’t think, “Man, I sure do wish there was an AC/DC cover band playing soon”? Your dreams become reality Sunday when High Voltage performs with local alt-country legends Whiskey & CO. and Kenny Donny, starting at 6 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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