Hundreds spent their Tuesday night at the Bell Auditorium honoring the Godfather of Soul.
This is the first time the James Brown Birthday Bash has been free to the public, thanks to Former Mayor, Deke Copenhaver and his consulting company.
The free show gave everyone the opportunity to come out and celebrate what would have been Brown’s 83rd birthday.
‘Unity in the community’ George Claussen quoted James Brown as he looked around at the success of his event honoring the God Father of Soul.
Claussen worked with others including Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown to put together the show.
“We’re just honored to be able to have something free for this caliber this doesn’t happen, this does not happen anywhere else in any other city in the world,” Claussen said.
A family, friendly event open to anyone and everyone who loves James Brown.
“Big time, long time, James Brown fan, grew up on Twiggs street, many years later, same neighborhood, been a fan of James Brown all my life,” Bernard McCauley said.
People like Bernard McCauley who remembers the first time he met his idol.
“He toured my college and got the chance to walk him around the school,” McCauley said.
It wasn’t just fans coming to celebrate Brown, all of his original band members reunited for the first time since his funeral.
His daughter Deanna Brown performed for the crowd too.
“To have all of them here and practicing together I don’t know it’s just amazing absolutely amazing to see all of these legends that I’ve grown up with watching,” Claussen explained.
Claussen says they received a thank you letter from the Rock and Roll hall of fame thanking them for honoring Brown.
“I think that it’s awesome to see that you know these big time people coming back, and you know, to give back to the community and everything. I think it’s awesome and you know just to be able to be a part of it, I think is phenomenal,” Varnessa Turk said.