Modern blues-rock torch-bearer Gary Clark Jr. made a stop at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Thursday night, November 15th, following the announcement of his upcoming studio effort earlier in the week. Thankfully, photographer Brandon Weil was there to capture stunning images of Gary Clark Jr.’s electrifying performance. Check out a gallery of photos below.
Gary Clark Jr. announced a lengthy batch of 2019 tour dates earlier this week, in the wake of last month’s news that Clark is preparing to release an as yet unnamed new album next year.
Clark’s newly announced run of dates will begin on March 9th at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, FL, followed by a performance in Tampa the following night. Next, Clark will head to Springfield, MO (3/13) before landing in the Windy City for a two-night run at the Chicago Theatre (3/15, 3/16).
After stops in Indianapolis (3/18) and Pittsburgh (3/20), the Austin, TX native will head to New York City for a three-night stand at the historic Beacon Theatre (3/21, 3/22, 3/23) followed by a two-night stine at Boston’s House of Blues (3/26, 3/27). From there, Gary Clark Jr. will continue down the east coast to Philadelphia, PA (3/29); Washington, D.C. (3/30); Richmond, VA (3/31); Durham, NC (4/2); and Charlotte, NC (4/3). Finally, Clark will head to Nashville, TN’s storied Ryman Auditorium for a three-night stint to cap the spring swing.
The dates were shared along with the previously released teaser video for his new album. In the video, the guitarist runs down the ways in which various genres had an effect on his sound on the new album over clips of its recording process and endorsements of Clark and his eclectic musical sensibilities from a variety of outlets and influential people like Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Alicia Keys, Prince, and Barack Obama.
As one quote from Rolling Stone notes, “Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and The Ramones as Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker… indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, [Clark] is grounded in tradition while standing on the brink of change.”
As Clark explained in a voice-over, “When I started off on the record, it was really about the drums. If the drums aren’t poppin’, you’re wasting your time.” He continued, “I got all the colors, I’ma paint with all of them. … My punk edge comes from really just wanting to be a punk. Reggae influence? Yes. It goes back to that fusion thing. … When I was growing up, a lot of music venues played lots of different types of music every night. A lot of influences. A lot of stuff going on. It’s in what I do, I guess. … I’m not gonna give you my whole recipe, but the only person who can put rules on it is yourself.”
For more information on the new album and upcoming tour dates, head to Clark’s website.