A most unlikely performer rocks the Apollo

A lot of times, street performers can seem like the cultural squeegee men of the big city: as much a nuisance as an appreciated service. But if there is one talent who can redeem the art of busking, we’ll cast our vote for Super Bad Brad. A grungy-looking, 40-something white guy, Brad sings soul and R&B classics on the streets of New York, accompanied only by his boom box and a microphone. And his voice is authentically amazing.

Recently, Brad got a shot at the big time, appearing on Showtime at the Apollo to belt out the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.” Once Brad opened his mouth, the understandably skeptical crowd went wild. In fact, his performance was so theatrically over-the-top that Internet message boards theorized Brad was in fact Bruce Willis. But Super Bad Brad is the real deal. Whatever “soul” means, this dude’s got it.

WATCH Super Bad Brad on Showtime at the Apollo

WATCH a short documentary on Brad by Capturing the Friedmans cinematographer Adolfo Doring

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A most unlikely performer rocks the Apollo