Syl Johnson supporting Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Syl Johnson

Deep Groove soul singer Syl Johnson will return to the NYC stage to play a headlining date at The Bell House on June 24th. Tickets are on sale. There he'll be supported by The Sweet Divines who are also scheduled to play a show with soul frontman Lee Fields at Southpaw on May 21st. Tickets are on sale for that too, as is the recently-released "My World" instrumentals on vinyl.

Lee's last show was another sold out affair on Friday, April 1st at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band...

"Bradley left everything he had out on the stage in about 45 minutes and was promptly relieved by headliner Fields, with the Menahan Street Band staying put and subbing for Fields' usual backing group, the Expressions. Looking like a pint-sized Lou Rawls, veteran singer Fields ably continued the retro-exploration into Daptone's dictionary of journeyman soul. As with Bradley, Fields is an older fellow influenced by the torchy, balladic nature of artists like James Brown and Bobby Womack as well as Al Green and the Hi Records crew." [Magnet]

Charles Bradley heads out on tour later this month with instrumental group the Budos Band, who don't have any NYC-area shows scheduled, but who are on the bill of the (gulp) "Dave Matthews Band Caravan" festival taking place in Atlantic City from June 24-26 with The Flaming Lips, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog and many more.

On a somewhat related note, the funky saxophone great and member of The JB's, Maceo Parker, will play SOB's on May 18th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of two scheduled for Parker in NYC. He'll also play a FREE show at One Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 12th with DJ Spinna.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Maceo "Funk Dance Party" is the first in a 3-part series of free 'Celebrate Brooklyn' dance parties at the location. May 19th's "Tropical Dance Party" will feature La Excelencia & Que Bajo?!, and May 26th's "Bhangra Dance Party" will feature Red Baraat & DJ Rekha. They promise "Sweeping views, great lawn, dance lessons, beer garden, bike valet & it's free! Three spring evenings featuring some of the coolest dance bands on the planet, the funkiest DJs under the stars, and the greatest view in the world!"

More tour dates and some videos, below...

Syl Johnson "Different Strokes"

Wu-Tang Clan - Shame On a Nigga (samples "Different Strokes")

Maceo Parker LIVE "Pass The Peas"

Sweet Divines the Bellhouse Brooklyn Marc

9th April Charles Morris Center Savannah GA
12th April St Petersburg Jazz St Petersburg RUSSIA
13th April Mir Hall Moscow RUSSIA
15th April Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
16th April Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
17th April Campbell Hall University of California Santa Barbara, CA
20th April Kate Buchanan Hall Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA
21st April Dimitrious Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
22nd April Dimitrious Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
23rd April Dimitrious Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
24th April Dimitrious Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
26th April Historic Ashland Armory Ashland, OR
28th April Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
29th April Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
30th April 4pm Clark County Government Ctr Amphitheatre Las Vegas, NV
4th May Antones Austin, TX
5th May Fairgrounds Racetrack New Orleans, LA
7th May Gaiety St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Rodney Bay, ST LUCIA
12th May 7pm Pier One Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn, NY
13th May Lake Eden Arts Festival Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, NC
14th May Mirriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
15th May Birchmere Alexandria, VA
17th May ArtsQuest Center Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
18th May SOB's New York, NY
19th May Infinity Music Hall & Bistro Norfolk, CT
21st May Kuttemperoor Auditorium Brookfield, WI
22nd May Minnesota Orchestra Minneapolis,MN

The Budos Band - 2011 Tour Dates
*4/16 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom >>
*4/18 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry >>
*4/19 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon >>
*4/20 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom >>
*4/21 Chicago, IL - Subterranean >>
*4/22 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird >>
*4/23 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig >>
4/30 Schuylkill Haven, PA - Some Kind of Jam 6 >>
5/6 Milford, CT - Daniel Street >>
5/7 Boston, MA - Middle East >>
6/18 Rochester, NY - Rochester Jazz Festival >>
6/25 Atlantic City, NJ - DMB Caravan >>
*with special guest, Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley - 2011 Tour Dates
^4/16 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom >>
^4/18 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry >>
^4/19 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon >>
^4/20 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom >>
^4/21 Chicago, IL - Subterranean >>
^4/22 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird >>
^4/23 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig >>
# 5/3 San Diego, CA - Casbah >>
# 5/4 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo >>
# 5/6 Oakland, CA - The New Parish >>
# 5/7 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar >>
# featuring Menahan Street Band
^ with The Budos Band

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