Gary Clark Jr. at The Pageant – July 23rd, 2014

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On Wednesday I was attending another show at a venue that is fantastically becoming like a second home to me.  Gary Clark Jr. totally rocked the Pageant and the crowd was so ready to receive his performance.  I love it as a music photographer when you get to cover a show for an artist you’re not very familiar with but is currently causing a buzz in the industry, and you could defiantly tell that in St. Louis there is a bit of a “buzz” regarding Gary Clark Jr.  The venue was fairly full that evening, if not close to capacity, and the crowd was so enthusiastic by chanting “GARY!, GARY!” as Mr. Clark took stage.  Opening the set with a very slow groove blues track with a dirty distorted riff and low lighting really helped capture the essence of Clark’s sound.  If you are a fan of blues in general but love The Black Keys, Black Joe Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn then you really must stop what you’re doing and look Gary Clark Jr. up on Spotify.  Sometimes as born and bread citizens of St. Louis I think we collectively forget how much rich history we have in the genre’s of Jazz and Blues music, and it’s really awesome to see shows in those genre’s to only realize that the passion for these types of music are still very deep seeded in the culture of our city.  It was a great night of live music with an artist that is owning it in his category of the industry.  Check out Gary Clark Jr. and please let me know what you thought about the show!

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