The first time I saw Gary Clark Jr. perform was back in 2013. Blak and Blu had recently been released, “Bright Lights” hadn’t yet taken off and I was enamored with the soul, blues and precision Clark brought to the stage. He was unlike any musician I’d ever seen perform live; soft spoken and mellow, but when he started playing his guitar, it’s as if time could actually stand still.
During Clark’s June 20 show at Brooklyn Bowl, the musician played all-time favorites such as “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round,” “Numb,” and “Our Love.” Naturally, the crowd couldn’t help but belt out the lyrics during “Bright Lights,” but my favorite moment of the night was when Clark started with a noticeable lick that turned into B.B. King’s “3 O’ Clock Blues.” He ended his set with a quick encore that wrapped with “Shake,” a song that’s hard to not dance to.
Clark has this way about him; when he performs you can’t help but be struck by his raw talent. His melodies bring an emotive quality to the stage while the lyrics play out like poetry in motion. You feel every bit of his performance.
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