You can hear the sweat in Charles Bradley’s voice, but seeing the perspiration live in a dank warehouse at the first Vans House Party of the season will convince any disbelievers that the 62-year-old Daptone crooner is the lounge singer with the voice of God from the mythic Spike Lee version of Bed-Stuy that never actually existed. Canadian transplant Mac DeMarco is a habitué of Bradley’s childhood stomping ground, and harnesses the neighborhood’s gritty soul on his recent lo-fi release, Salad Days. With New Orleans native Benjamin Booker, it’s like modern-day incarnations of James Brown, Townes Van Zandt, and Arthur Lee gathering for a laid-back summer jam in Greenpoint.
Thu., June 12, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 11, 2014