San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Carlton J. Smith's fast-paced and widely-acclaimed R&B/Soul Revue shows have created an international following. Carlton's magnificent stage presence and dynamic performances excite audiences all over the world from the United States to Europe and Asia. Starting back in 2002 Carlton produced, hosted and performed in R&B/Soul Revues in New York City's world-renowned B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Initially a one-show deal, his first performance sold-out and inspired the club to book him monthly for a series of tributes to stars including Al Green, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. Carlton took the same show to The Blue Note in Las Vegas for a four-week run, and then performed in the Groove Series at The Blue Note in New York City. For the past five years, Carlton has been living and working in Shanghai and from there has travelled all over Asia to entertain audiences. Carlton portrayed the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown in Barry Levinson's motion picture "Liberty Heights" (1999), co-starring with Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth and Adrien Brody. When James Brown passed away in 2006, Carlton performed in his place alongside Chaka Khan on New Year's Eve at the B.B. King Blues Club, NYC. Carlton has also performed in the theatre, with a lead role in the Broadway musical "Largo" (by award-winning writer David Henry Hwang ("Madame Butterfly" and "Aida")), appearing alongside Cyndi Lauper and Garth Hudson (of `60s super group The Band). Carlton has made several recordings, including "Carlton J. Smith Live at B. B. King's", "Waiting", and "Diagram Of A Relationship" - a concept CD exploring the dynamics of a relationship from start to finish. Tom Waits is a personal favorite of Carlton, and has inspired his recording of "The SkinnyBone Tree." At present, Carlton is working on several recording projects, one of which is a live recording of the show he performed in James Brown's place New Year's Eve 2006 and the other is an all original R&B CD called "G.U.M" (Grown Up Music).
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.