One of our favorite young guitarists, Gary Clark Jr., came to the attention of many music fans based on his spotlight-stealing appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival in 2010. The Austin axe-slinger will reprise his role at Clapton’s fest this weekend at MSG, but before he does that he’ll visit CBS’s The Late Show on Tuesday night as Dave’s music guest.
[Photo by Frank Maddocks]
Monday, April 8 [All Times ET[
- Cheap Trick: Live at SXSW [AXS 6:20PM]
- Vintage Trouble on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- Kid Rock on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
- Ghostface Killah on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
Tuesday, April 9
- Escondido on Conan [TBS 11PM]
- Gary Clark, Jr. on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
- Hanson on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- Foals on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
- The Jonas Brothers on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
Wednesday, April 10
- The Three O’Clock on Conan [TBS 11PM]
- Jake Bugg on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
- Brad Paisley on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- Alice in Chains on Jimmy Kimmel [CBS 11:35PM]
- He’s My Brother She’s My Sister on Craig Ferguson [CBS 12:35AM]
Thursday, April 11
- The Band Perry on Ellen [syndicated - check listings]
- Dropkick Murphys on Conan [TBS 11PM]
- Emmylou Harris w/Rodney Crowell on David Letterman (R) [CBS 11:35PM]
- Tegan and Sara on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- Paramore on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
The Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting run comes to Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Stones have welcomed special guests at each of their previous 50 and Counting shows at London’s 02 Arena and will continue that trend at Saturday’s show.
Mary J. Blige, who joined the Stones at the first London show for Gimme Shelter, will sit-in in Brooklyn as well. While, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton sat in on a blues tune a piece at the London shows, young axeslinger Gary Clark Jr. will get the call in Brooklyn. These 50 and Counting shows are the Rolling Stones’ first American gigs in five years. The run concludes at Newark’s Prudential Center on December 13th and 15th. The show on the 15th will be broadcast as a Pay-Per-View special.
Gary Clark Jr. and the London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl, November 6th
What can you say about an evening which opens with the London Souls (and Tash Neal) triumphantly returning to the stage, continues with Gary Clark Jr. ‘s jaw dropping performance in front of a packed house at Brooklyn Bowl and ends with President Obama’s triumphant victory over a bitter rival. Simply Wow. For many, it was their first introduction to the Austin guitarist and boy did he impress. Combining his hard hitting blues of When My Train Pulls In and Don’t Owe You A Thang with the ballad Please Come Home, he left the crowd cheering after almost everything song.
[All Photos by Jeremy Gordon]
Clark even brought out singer Bilal during his set before returning to his debut full-length album with Black & Blu and Bright Lights. As the band left the stage, the screens surrounding the crowd announced President Obama had won a second term and the cheering slowly turned into a joyous chant of “Four More Years!” For a city racked by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy it became a beautiful moment to join together as one.
Here’s a full gallery of photos from Brooklyn Bowl…
Over the last year-plus Gary Clark Jr. has seen his stock rise, thanks in part to a glowing review from Rolling Stone of his four-song EP Bright Lights and his reputation for putting on blistering live shows. On October 22, the 28-year-old blues-guitar slinger will release his long awaited full-length, major-label debut Blak and Blu via Warner Records, and has begun to roll out dates in support of it. Clark will kick off his 14-date fall tour with a hometown gig at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on October 10, and will make a high profile appearance at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert (10/21 & 22); as well as making two-night stands in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles.
If you’re not into a night with the blues-guitar slinger, then maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…
Lollapalooza 2012 starts on Friday at Chicago’s Grant Park. We’re sending our friend Jimmy Coulas of Scents and Subtle Sounds to cover the three-day fest for us and he’s prepared a list of five can’t miss bands set to perform at this weekend’s event.
1. Black Sabbath
When: Friday 8:05 – 10PM
Where: Bud Light Stage
Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath will help close out the first night of Lollapalooza with their third and final gig of 2012. It’s been a tumultuous year for the reunited band as guitarist Tony Iommi battled Lymphoma and drummer Bill Ward declined to participate in the reunion. However, the band is marching on and according to Ozzy Osbourne, they are working on new material. While we might hear some of that new material, Ozzy and company will likely deliver a career spanning set that will undoubtedly draw a crowd of all ages.
In a recent issue of Rolling Stone, the venerable music magazine did something that caught me a bit by surprise, as they dedicated their lead album review to The Bright Lights - a four-song EP by 27-year-old Austin-based blues revivalist Gary Clark Jr.’s that garnered four out of five stars. The 500-plus word piece, penned by Will Hermes, opens with the question – “When was the last time a young blues guitarist really blew your mind?” Anointing Clark as a “genuine 21st-century bluesman,” Hermes placed him ahead of an impressive list of liked minded contemporaries such as Derek Trucks, Jack White, Dan Auerbach and Ben Harper.
With such boastful and passionate claims, our interest was piqued, especially when Hermes bandied about further correlations to a weighty list of players from Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis to Kurt Cobain. Let’s check out this blistering seven-plus minute version of the EP’s title track, from last year’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, which features Clark playing a with a muscular band that includes two drummers, a rhythm guitarist and bass player…
Gary Clark Jr. will play a mix of headlining club shows, support dates and festival slots on his current tour including an appearance at moe.down XII on September 3 in Mohawk, New York.