As we noted yesterday, summer festival season is not over yet. Bumbershoot takes place this weekend in Seattle, and the lineup is again impressive. Aside from featuring a variety of rock and hip-hop heavyweights, the Seattle-based Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival also includes some legendary performers from the roots, soul, and R&B side of the musical spectrum. A few highlights: Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee [mp3com-artist]Leon Russell[/mp3com-artist] has played with everyone from Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys to Willie Nelson and George Benson--and had a few hits of his own along the way. He plays Sunday, Sept. 4. (Check out a vintage Leon Russell interview.) [caption id="attachment_71486" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Leon Russell (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)"]Kevin Winter/Getty Images[/caption] A member of the legendary soul/gospel group the [mp3com-artist]Staples Singers[/mp3com-artist], singer [mp3com-artist]Mavis Staples[/mp3com-artist] was back in the spotlight recently thanks to her powerful album You Are Not Alone, produced by [mp3com-artist]Wilco[/mp3com-artist]'s [mp3com-artist]Jeff Tweedy[/mp3com-artist]. She plays Saturday, Sept. 3. New Orleans performer [mp3com-artist]Trombone Shorty[/mp3com-artist] is quickly gaining a wider national audience--catch his entertaining performance Saturday, Sept. 3. [caption id="attachment_71503" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)"]Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] And now for the free music. Yesterday we hipped you to "Callejon", a free song from Puerto Rican garage-rock band [mp3com-artist]Davila 666[/mp3com-artist]. [mp3com-download url="" artist="Davila 666" song="Callejon" email="optional"/] Today, check out a free MP3 from soul music veteran [mp3com-artist]Charles Bradley[/mp3com-artist]--who recently released his first album, No Time For Dreaming. Bradley is playing Bumbershoot on Monday, Sept. 5. [caption id="attachment_71483" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Charles Bradley"]Charles Bradley[/caption] "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" is a slow, steady soulful burner in the classic R&B tradition: politically-charged, world-weary lyrics reminiscent of [mp3com-artist]Marvin Gaye[/mp3com-artist]'s best records of the early '70s, delivered by a voice with the grit of [mp3com-artist]Otis Redding[/mp3com-artist] and the gospel of the [mp3com-artist]Reverend Al Green[/mp3com-artist]. [mp3com-download url="" artist="Charles Bradley" song="The World..." expiration="09/30/2012" email="optional" year="2010" label="Dunham Records"/] [caption id="attachment_71513" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Charles Bradley at SXSW 2011 (photo: Kurt Wolff)"]Charles Bradley at SXSW 2011 (photo: Kurt Wolff)[/caption] The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival runs Sept. 3-5 in Seattle, Washington. Get tickets and see the full lineup. Use to help you find other festivals in your area that match your musical tastes Download the free Festival app for iPhone and Android Connect with on Facebook Charles Bradley at SXSW 2011 See all Spotlight posts

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