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Watching James Brown tribute at the Bowl, thinking of Ferguson
Watching James Brown tribute at the Bowl, thinking of Ferguson

"What would James Brown do?" Anyone who knows the groundbreaking soul singer's biography understands that's not a question that inoculates against trouble. But in certain circumstances, such as when America is paying witness to the Ferguson, Mo., racial strife unfolding via social media on a Wednesday night, it's an appropriate one to ask. In the case of the Hollywood Bowl's often heavy night of soul power, "Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration," that question arose because of circumstances outside of anyone on the impressive roster's control. On an evening that witnessed urgent renditions of Brown classics from artists including Aloe Blacc,...

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