Gary Clark, Jr. drew fans into the United Center early on March 8, opening for Kings of Leon on their current North American tour. His participation on this arena tour, which approached a sell-out for last night's show in Chicago, offers an ideal setting for Clark. Particularly in a a city that's indigenous to a subculture of blues music.
Touring on his first major label release, "Blak and Blu," Gary Clark, Jr. has been drawing critical praise for years. He carries generations of blues legends upon his shoulders, offering his slant to a musical genre with an extremely rich history, in a manner that appeared effortless.
His smooth vocals and raw guitar play were showcased early on "Catfish Blues." Though he only had a 50-minute set as the sole support on the Mechanical Bull tour, he quickly intoxicated the crowd with an array of technical guitar play that was perfectly coupled with this soothing voice.
Clark offered a handful of songs from his latest album, taking fans through a musical journey as he ripped through "Ain't Messin 'Round," "Please Come Home" and "Bright Lights." The guitar virtuoso will return to the area this summer, opening for Outkast at Milwaukee's Summerfest music festival on June 29.