James Brown Shut Down: “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, recently freed from prison, won’t be giving a concert later this month as he had planned. South Carolina corrections officials say a May 16 performance by Brown was not and will not be approved. “This looks like a commercial endeavor on the part of Mr. Brown and some of his associates . . . and does not fall within the scope of his job,” said prison spokesman Francis Archibald. Brown, 56, was freed from prison and placed in a work release counseling job last month.