Win Tickets ($50): Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Pickwick @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Funk, Soul, R&B

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Pickwick on July 25 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 21 .

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Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Pickwick @ Oregon ZooCharles Bradley & His Extraordinaires +

July 25, 2014
Doors 5 p.m. / Show 7 p.m. | $25-$45 | All Ages

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

The Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series is presented by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the Oregon College Savings Plan, and Banfield Pet Hospital. With media support from

If you’re looking for a story that best summarizes the last year in the life of Charles Bradley, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than the night he and his band showed up in Utopia, Texas to play an outdoor show in the middle of a thunderstorm. “It was just raining, raining, raining,” Bradley recalls. “I walked out onstage, and there were about 800 people there – maybe more – all of them just standing out there in the rain and the mud.” The band settled in and fought their hardest against the elements, but – for a moment, anyway – it seemed that nature was too much for even the mighty Charles Bradley. About halfway through the show, the power went out, leaving both the band and the drenched fans in total darkness.

At any other show, that would be understood as the meteorological signal for “Quittin’ Time,” but if there’s one thing the last year of tireless touring before enrapt audiences has proven, it’s that Charles Bradley does not put on typical shows. “I could hear them screaming, ‘Charles Bradley! Charles Bradley we love you,'” Bradley smiles. “And so when the lights came back on, I said, ‘If all of you can stand out there in the rain and get soaking wet because you want to see me perform – to see me do something that I love to do – then you know what? I’m gonna get wet, too.'” And with that, Bradley jumped off the stage and into the crowd. “They went completely crazy!” he laughs. “We were laughing. We were hugging. We were getting muddy. It was just love.”

That’s his whole persona in a single tiny scene: Charles Bradley, victim of love. Other artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. By now, his remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone’s Gabe Roth. The year following the release of his debut, No Time For Dreaming, was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, MOJO, GQ, Pasteand more. Victim of Love, Bradley’s second record, is a continuation of that story, moving past the ‘heartache and pain’ and closer to the promise of hope.


To hear Pickwick tell it, their popular Myths 7-inch series was merely a group of rough sketches they’d been developing over the previous two years put to wax. That a CD collection of those “demos” held their hometown Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records #1 sales spot for a period of weeks in 2011 shows those six songs amounted to something more than tossed off basement recordings. With a successful year of festival invites and an ever larger string of hometown sell-outs behind them in 2012 the band refocused on recording and have a year later emerged with Can’t Talk Medicine. Upgrading from the basement used for Myths and setting up shop in their living room, the band’s own multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg served as engineer. The 13 finished tracks include three re-recorded and fully realized Myths cuts and a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten on lead single “Lady Luck.”

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119 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Pickwick @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | Funk, Soul, R&B

  1. JP June 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Hit me! Two times..!! HEH!!

  2. Sian June 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    His story is inspirational! I have set to see the documentary which was shown to Portlanders at the Bagdad. And he played the Wonder Ballroom too. Hopefully I’ll win and get to see him at the Zoo

  3. Raymon June 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    He’s a true modern gem of undeniably real soul music. So good to hear music like this again. Saw some video recaps of his live stuff in seattle, it would be an absolute treat to enjoy live.

  4. Lynn June 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I saw Charles Bradley on a whim at Sasquatch a few years ago. That’s a show that has stuck in my mind ever since. Blown away by his story and his showmanship!

  5. Dorothy June 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Charles Bradley is amazing! I would love to see him live as i haven’t yet.

  6. Nathan Passante June 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    The World is Going Up in Flames! that’s why I need to go!!

  7. Eliot June 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I would love to finally see Charles Bradley live. I have tried to see him in the past and have always been foiled. At Bumbershoot last year, I had a prior commitment to a friend during his set time. Then I waited for an hour in vain trying to get into his private KEXP set and I missed that too. Charles Bradley is awesome, and Pickwick is a band I’ve loved for a long time. My girlfriend and I love to spend time in Portland, so I can’t imagine a better reason to visit!

  8. Paul June 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m down on my luck and I know the Screaming Eagle of Soul can pick me up! Please pick me!

  9. Brian June 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve watched Bradley’s documentary a sad but yet enlightening story, he’s got a great spirit that shows through his music. Pickwick, out of Seattle, has discovered their true calling on their current album and live they’re electric. These acts together would make a great show!

  10. mary June 4, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Me please! Id love to see the screaming eagle of soul outdoors in the beautiful Portland summer weather.

  11. Judd June 4, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    I need to hear the Eagle Scream!!!

  12. Jessica F June 4, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I love concerts at the zoo!

  13. Maxine Rand June 4, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Always love to hear new Artist…especially R&B with Funk going on!

    Zoo concerts are grand and lots of fun.

  14. Tamara Colpitts June 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I have always wanted to experience the Zoo concert series and this is an amazing opportunity to do so… pick me

  15. Bill W. June 5, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I have so many fond memories of Zoo concerts and I would love for this to be another special one. I’ve heard Charles is one amazing performer!

  16. Jacob Stephen George June 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    There are few genres that brings as much vigor and life to my soul than the soul of music itself: Soul. Throw in a little funk, and it is impossible not to love life. Charles Bradley is the best in the game doing live performances today. He is a gem, a diamond, he is MUSIC!

  17. Cory June 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm #


  18. Sam G June 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Both these bands are really solid, with big voices. I’ll probably buy tickets but it would be nice to win some.

  19. Yume June 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Charles Bradley is AMAZING! Would love to see him again.

  20. BR June 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    He’s old, he’s nasty, and we love him!

  21. Linda June 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    What a nice way to spend the evening

  22. Ryan June 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    let’s get funky

  23. Aaron June 6, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    seeHadn’t heard of Charles Bradley–sounds good!
    Have seen Pickwick thrice or so in Portland (and would like to hear them again!), but might not get as great seats without your help–would love it!

  24. Tom P June 6, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    I’d really like to go

  25. Aaron June 6, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I love Charles Bradley. So much love (and sweat) emanates from that man. I would love to go and give him a big sweaty bro-hug

  26. Janelle June 6, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Yes! We love us some Charles Bradley! An amazing sweet soul who always gives his all for each performance and showers the audience with love and gratitude. This will be another beautiful evening to remember.

  27. Devon June 6, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Love it! Such a soulful man. I love his stuff with Budos Band as well.

  28. Frank Byers June 6, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    I saw the Charles Bradley film – thanks to Derek Smith of KMHD – and decided I would definitely see him next time he came to town.

  29. eliz June 6, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Oh I can’t wait!

  30. Cornelia June 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Charles Bradley is the man!

  31. Michael Braim June 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Zoo is cool.

  32. Janelle June 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Moving to Europe soon and this is one of the best memories of Portland! going to see awesome concerts at the zoo!

  33. Scott June 7, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Love this guy.

  34. Dave G June 8, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    We need the funk, gotta have that funk!!

  35. Margaret June 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Pickwick, Charles Bradley and the Zoo. Sounds like a winner! Pick me please.

  36. John June 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Been wanting to see Mr. Bradley for some time. Hoping a free ticket will help make this happen.

  37. Kyle Stasse June 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Would love to see Charles Bradley!

  38. Lacey N June 10, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    Charles Bradley soothes my Heartaches and Pain.

  39. Teresa June 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Love concerts at the zoo!

  40. Michelle June 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Desperately need a date night with my hubby! This would be so much fun!

  41. Cory June 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Chuck me!!!!!!!

  42. Kathryn McNeill June 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow this guy sounds amazing! I wanna feel the love :)

  43. Diane Dennis June 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Please Please. I don’t like the long lines a the zoo but the for funk of “old Chuck” I would suffer.

  44. marla schroeder June 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Charles Bradley…. need to see the man so baadly,
    got these tickets…………………. I would scream so maadly,
    they’d put me in a zoo…………………… joining the elephants too,
    but that’d be the fool………………………………….
    cause it would be so kool……………………………….
    all of us trumpeting with Bradley and hollering’ so sadly………….
    feeling that funky vibe, that only he can provide……………… THE MAN OF LOVE!!!

  45. Amit Gordon June 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Charles Bradley has so much raw emotion on stage I can’t miss it

  46. Robin June 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Love it! Looking forward to the show!

  47. Stacie June 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Would love to win tickets to this!

  48. lorea June 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I want to bring my kids to this!

  49. Michael June 17, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    i missed him in bumbershoot- and i dont want to miss him again!!!

  50. rebecca June 18, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Getting married that weekend,Be a night to remb if we could go

  51. Jamie June 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I’ve never been to a concert at the zoo and can’t imagine a show better than Charles Bradley!!! I would be just tickled to be chosen!

  52. BR June 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm #


  53. Kris W June 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Summer zoo concert series is awesome and Charles Bradley is amazing. Match made in heaven.

  54. Woody June 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Check me out!!

  55. Arlen Marsh June 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I am a soul man

  56. Ron T June 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Outstanding! Would love to attend with my senior mother.

  57. Sara Goldman June 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Oh! Zoo concert! I would love to go!

  58. Elizabeth June 20, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Bradley we love your music madly
    I seen with you so wildly I would feel so badly
    If I did not make it to the zoo

  59. Andrea Kienle June 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    You have to play to win! I had the good fortune to see Charles Bradley at MFNW last year and I was able to get up front for a bit. He’s truly a show man.

  60. Leonard June 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Great combo the zoo & funk

  61. sunchicka June 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I’d love to go!

  62. Dot June 26, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Hope my number comes up. love the zoo concerts and digging Charles.

  63. Mr. Ezel June 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I’ve never been to a zoo concert. I haven’t been to the zoo for at least 20 years. But, I do have soul and I’m super bad. Watch me!!!!

  64. Cory June 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I wants 2 get funked up!!!!!!

  65. Jeanne June 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    I am new to Portland and a concert at the zoo would be awesome to experience.

  66. michelle June 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Charles Bradley !! Legend! OMG !! I cant believe hes playing at the Zoo…..This will be epic. I want to go so bad, I have almost every vinyl record Charles has released on Daptone Records. Im a seriously collector and would be so honored for him to grace my presence.

  67. Frank Byers June 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I saw the Charles Bradley film and want to see him in person.

  68. Kris Perdew June 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Charles Bradley is fantastic – I have never seen him live, but he is on my bucket list. I have seen Pickwick three times, and I crave more!

  69. Lara June 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Two of my faves

  70. ian June 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    i don’t want to oversell anything, but this man can possibly put more soul and feeling into one syllable of a song than most singers, even other soul greats, can fit into a song. amazing singer.

  71. Cindy T. July 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Need more summer funk! Gotta see them sparkly hips move!

  72. Kaveh July 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    I have both of his last albums and would love to finally hear him live!

  73. Candace July 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    His story is so amazing. Would love to see the show. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him live

  74. michelle July 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I love Charles Bradleys voice it makes my knees shaky….beautiful soulful musician. Top it off being at the zoo = absolutely epic

  75. Deb B July 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    I am shaking my bootie in anticipation of this great show! Pick me please.

  76. Shelley SEA July 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Funky soulspiration at the zoo. What could be better?! Sounds like a blast.

  77. Valerie July 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    A Soul fix outdoors with Charles will be healing for everyone attending. I will be there in spirit either way.

  78. Dana G July 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I’ve never seen Charles before but love his music. What a great venue to experience it in.

  79. Adam July 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Holy Cow! Charlie Bradley! Pleas god, let me win, and I PROMISE I’ll never take your name in vain when I fall down the stairs EVER AGAIN!

  80. Destiny T July 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    What a treat this would be…..

  81. Ryan Daniel Fretz July 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I hope I can win. Would love to attend this concert

  82. Chad simmons July 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Will be a wow show. Pick me ya pricks!

  83. shannon July 7, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    Would love to see this show!!!

  84. Shelley July 7, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Funk, Soul and R&B, I’d like to dance to this at the Zoo Concert.

  85. Ren Walker July 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I wanna go! With the heat being as it is, there’s no better place to shake yo’ booty than outside on the Oregon Zoo lawn!

  86. Mike July 9, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    New to PDX and want to try a summer concert, this sounds great!

  87. James July 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Well, he has cool hair.

  88. Jenny July 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Let’s get funky!

  89. Liane July 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    My soul needs some soothin’…and he can deliver the love!

  90. Dave July 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Our 25th Wedding Anniversary is coming up that week-end.
    I’m disabled but I can still rock out.

  91. Cory Shird July 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I wanna lil chuck

  92. Stephanie July 10, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Would love to see this concert

  93. michelle July 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    King of soul!! Charles Bradley! I love you! Make the animals get up and do the boogie woogie!

  94. w July 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm #


  95. Christine July 11, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I love me some Charles Bradley! Gimme dat Zoo funk….STAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. KRH July 11, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    I love the zoo concerts – such a great venue, great people, and most importantly great music!

  97. Susan Paterson July 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I love the zoo and I have always wanted to see this band! Please consider me for 2 free tickets.
    Thank you

  98. Tyler July 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    I would love the chance to go! Sounds like a great time!

  99. jessica July 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Pick me because I love to boogie and have yet to see a concert at the zoo!!!

  100. Leonard July 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Love me some funk

  101. Jables July 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    I would love to go see Charles Bradley. Please please please please.

  102. Nathan miller July 13, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    This would the most amazing show to take my 4yr old daughter to see. She bops along with his music all the time and is even humming his songs when not playing them. The zoo is one of her favorite places as well!
    This is a miracle! Thank you.

  103. Teresa Hughes July 13, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Love the Zoo Concerts!

  104. Luke Dumyahn July 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    My beautiful girlfriend is finally moving to the Portland and I would love to take her to this great show in one of the most beautiful Zoos. It would be a really special time for the both of us to share to celebrate her coming to an amazing city.

  105. MK July 14, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I would like to go because seeing Charles would make my summer epic!

  106. Sara July 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    I would be so incredibly happy and grateful to win!

  107. Marissa July 17, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Would love to surprise my boyfriend with tickets! This is right up our alley.

  108. michelle July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Charles!! I comment every week wishing upon a star of funk and soul. Love you!

  109. Cory Shird July 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Chuck for me!!!!!!

  110. Brittanie July 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    I would like to go because I’ve never been to a zoo concert.

  111. Jill July 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Because I saw him at Edmonton folk festival and he was awesome!

  112. Matt July 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Send me to this funky concert, Charles Bradley is the man!

  113. Lisa July 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    I need the funk.

  114. Kathy Oravec July 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Give me some soul please!

  115. tom July 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    He’s the man!

  116. Anne July 19, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Would love to win tickets to see Pickwick and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires!! I’ve never been to any of the summer Zoo Concerts, and am not sure it could get much better than these two (and after looking at the website there’s a great lineup). Crossed fingers!

  117. Nikki July 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Would love to see a legend (and the zoo too!).

  118. kara July 21, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    My husband is a fan and this would be a great way to end our trip to the zoo!

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