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GARY CLARK JR. with Shakey Graves
October 1, 2016 • 6:00 pm PDT
Gary Clark Jr. will bring his compelling live performance to The Greek on Saturday, October 1 at 6:00 PM. Shakey Graves will support the show.
Ever since 2010, when Gary Clark Jr. wowed audiences with electrifying live sets everywhere from the Crossroads Festival to Hollywood’s historic Hotel Café, his modus operandi has remained crystal clear: “ I listen to everything…so I want to play everything.” The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter finds him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations. Anyone who gravitated towards Clark’s, 2011’s Bright Lights EP heard both the evolution of rock and roll and a savior of blues. The following year’s full-length debut, Blak And Blu, illuminated Clark’s vast spectrum.“Please Come Home” is reminiscent of Smokey Robinson, while “Ain’t Messin’ Around” recalls Sly and the Family Stone. 2014’s double disc Gary Clark Jr–Live projected Clark into 3D by adding palpable dimension and transcendent power –– songs soared and drifted from the epic, psychedelic-blues of “When My Train Comes In” to his anthemic, hip-hop, rock-crunch calling card “Bright Lights,” all the way down to the deep, dark, muddy water of “When The Sun Goes Down.”
“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness — the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.” Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground — emotionally and sonically — broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks nearthe top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts. Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing…unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”