I always love going to the Bearsville Theater, especially to see Simi Stone, who I have been a fan of since I first heard her sing at the Woodstock Film Festival. Last Friday night she performed solo, opening for soul singer Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at the Bearsville Theater. Simi Stone sang 7 songs from her upcoming first solo record, along side her producer David Baron on piano. (No release date set yet, but I hope it is coming soon!) I love “I’m Back” and “All of the People.” Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires had the crowd dancing and heated up the crowd. (The Bearsville Theatre removed all the seats from its main floor to allow dancing). The charismatic 62 year-old Charles Bradley was introduced as the Doctor of Love, and he proved it with an emotional performance singing from the heart, and continually telling us he loved us.
“You, you, keep me on the stage,” said Bradley, clutching his heart. Visit Charles Bradley’s website for more beautiful videos of his songs, and the trailer for the documentary “Soul of America” (2012) that tells his compelling story. You wouldn’t know it by watching him perform, but he is releasing his first record this month, Victim of Love. He has lived through a lot of the pain and heartaches he sings about in his songs. When he was 14 years old, the subway was his home. I was so happy to be there in the audience on Friday night. Not only did I get to hear Simi Stone’s new songs, but I was introduced to Charles Bradley’s music, which is now going on my favorites on the iPod!