Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires – The Great GoogaMooga Festival 2012

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Legendary soul singer Charles Bradley AKA “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” won over the GoogaMooga crowds–and this photographer–with his heartfelt songs and undeniable energy.

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photos of the band Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires performing at The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. May 20, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Photographer’s Notes

I’ve read glowing reviews of Charles Bradley’s shows, but this was my first time seeing him live. I have to say that he exceeded my expectations. Even in three songs, it was very clear to me that Charles is the real deal. He pours his heart and soul into his performance. The comparisons to James Brown and Otis Redding are spot-on and well-deserved. The lead image is my favorite shot of the whole festival. Charles was kind enough to let me take a quick portrait with his drummer after their set too.

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