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James Brown Tribute in L.A. to Feature Members of Late Godfather of Soul's Backing Band

Image courtesy of MJ Kim/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MJ Kim/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

On the heels of the premiere of the James Brown biopic Get On Up , a tribute concert to the late funk pioneer will be held at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 13.  Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration will feature singers Aloe Blacc , D'Angelo , Angélique Kidjo and Bettye LaVette accompanied by a band that includes several musicians who played in the Godfather of Soul's backing groups.

Among the former Brown sidemen who will appear at the show are saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis , trombonist Fred Wesley and drummers Clyde Stubblefield , John "Jabo" Starks and Mousey Thompson .  In addition, Danny Ray , Brown's valet and the man who served as emcee at the singer's concert for years, also will appear at the event. 

Renowned jazz bassist and longtime Brown aficionado Christian McBride is the concert's musical director.  He tells Billboard that his goal for the show is to help people "understand what a singular music vision [Brown] had.  [It was so] completely different from what Ray Charles had, what Sam Cooke had, what different jazz musicians had."

Ellis, who was Brown's bandleader during the late 1960s, explains to Billboard that James' music "hits people in the right places.  It's from the heart through the heart.  It's long lasting.  It will last forever because it's real."

Tickets for the Get On Up concert are available now via HollywoodBowl.com .

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