Nobody Cooler: Gary Clark Jr. at Danforth Music Hall, August 6th 2018
There is absolutely nobody cooler than Gary Clark Junior. Slowly gliding across the stage Monday night, GCJ looked at the crowd with a sly smile before smoothly sliding into Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues". There was no teasing, no begging and no encouraging the crowd to cheer. They simply appreciated the amazing talent radiating from the stage...and rightfully so.
Selling out two back to back nights just last year, Gary Clark Jr.'s return to Danforth Music Hall was nothing short of spectacular. Somebody so deeply entrenched and understanding of the blues doesn't come along everyday. Easily making the crowd jump up and down, GCJ headed into "Ain't Messin' Around" and followed it up with the always enjoyable "Travis County".
In the first half of the set, Gary did a wicked rendition of everyone's favourite "When My Train Pulls In", drawing it out with wickedly impressive guitar solos and soul. In typical Gary fashion, he made a 10 min+ song feel like two minutes.
Before we knew it, the end of the set was nearing. From a cover of B.B. King's "My Baby's Gone", Gary waded into "Don't Owe You a Thang"--- a song I first heard at Farm Aid a few year's back and made me fall in love with Gary's music. This song really got the crowd shaking and forgetting their worries as Gary scaled his guitar up and down and sang smoothly into his mic. Just as cooly as he started, Gary ended his set with hit "Bright Lights" before the crowd exploded in excitement and he strolled off stage.
Gone for only a brief minute, Gary rejoined his band on stage for a one-song encore---a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together". Punched up and freaky, this version sent a wave of jitters through the crowd before ending abruptly with the words "over me".
Peace, love & history.