Since 2010, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has wowed audiences around the world with his electrifying and incendiary performances. The eclectic Texas music circuit inspired much of Clark’s sound along with performing in the church choir with his sisters, and that balance of the gritty and the Godly imbues the honey-thick soul that oozes from his vocals today. As a teen, Clark began making a name for himself by jamming with adult musicians around nearby clubs, sharing the stage with local blues heroes like Jimmie Vaughn, Hubert Sumlin, and Pinetop Perkins. This on-the-job training, combined with studying the genius of BB King, Curtis Mayfield, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, and Parliament-Funkadelic, along with digesting the fresh edge of Tupac and Biggie, lifted Clark into a multi-instrumentalist and undisputed music festival champ.
McMenamins Edgelfield Amphitheater, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale. Friday, September 13. 6:00 pm. All ages. This show is sold out, but tickets can be purchased through several brokers. Buyer beware.
Les Schwab Amphitheater, 44 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend. Saturday, September 14. 7:00 pm. Eventbrite.com $39.50 – $150.00. All ages.