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Gary Clark Jr. Red Hat Amphitheater – Hopscotch Music Festival

Austin native and blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who played a member of Miles Davis’ band in the biopic Miles Ahead, crosses musical genres off screen with equal ease. He and his band, including formidible rhythm guitarist Eric “King” Zapata began an extended 80-minute set with “Bright Lights, Big City”, a tip of the hat to Jimmy Reed. Clark started playing in Austin clubs as a teen. His major label debut, Blak and Blu, was released just two years before he played FarmAid in Raleigh in 2014 at the age of 30. Though firmly rooted in the blues, Clark’s guitar playing shows he listens to everything–not just Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn, and vocally, when using falsetto, he sounds more akin to Maxwell. Highlight of the evening: the boogie “I Don’t Owe you A Thing.” with special guest Eric Gales!

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Blog Post courtesy of  Tess Magnum Ocana “I make concerts, festivals and cultural events happen. I like fresh peaches”
Assistant to the Executive Director at Durham Central Park
Leadership Team for Art of Cool Festival

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