CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES, THE STATE ROOM, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m., $22
In just a few short years in the spotlight, Charles Bradley has established a reputation as a must-see live act. It's good to see his background as a James Brown impersonator performing under the name "Black Velvet" paid off. It was in that role that one of the cats of uber-cool Daptone Records, home of fellow funk/soul/R&B revivalist Sharon Jones, discovered Bradley and found a man with incredible stage presence, a voice capable of conveying incredible emotion with is voice. His debut, No Time for Dreaming, arrived in 2011, and the buzz from his performances at SXSW that year was deafening. After being the focus of a documentary film in 2012, Soul in America, he got to work on his sophomore set, Victim of Love, that came out earlier this year. And while his albums are solid, it's seeing the 65-year-old throw down with His Extraordinaires where Bradley's personality truly comes through. Aaradhna opens the show.