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Gary Clark Jr., Black Pistol Fire

When: Sun., July 27, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $37
www.redbuttegarden.org/gary-clark-jr
With his 2014 debut album Blak And Blu, Gary Clark Jr. has become the first artist ever recognized with Grammy Award nominations in both the Rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance for the single “Please Come Home.” But that barely scratches the surface. Blak And Blu is a rocket ride from the Mississippi Delta of a century ago to multiple points still out beyond the horizon. Rock and R&B yes; but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk, and hip-hop are also in Clark’s expansive musical embrace and insatiable hunger for inspiration. His two acoustic blues performances on the soundtrack album for the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave also show off the distinct talent and personality he brings to his music. To sum up Gary Clark Jr. gets more challenging every day. He’s a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define—as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter, and an engagingly soulful singer.

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