Photos + Review: Gary Clark Jr. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (Los Angeles, CA)

Gary Clark Jr. (Austin, TX)
December 1st, 2016
The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA

“You should listen to Jimmy Reed.  I don’t like telling people what to do but y’all should do that.”  Gary is sitting on stage delicately lifting his hat and fixing his harmonica to his head.  Everything up to this point is beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before at a live show.  The ornate Theater at Ace Hotel was chosen for this particular type of set.  The harmonica creates the sounds for the song that is “Numb.”  It’s as if he is the world’s best one man show, a true troubadour.  For a second, the songs seem too short recorded compared to how the live songs are, however as the show goes on it seems as if each note is carefully premeditated and delivered with care.  You feel each beat and sound moving across the crowd like a wave hitting the rocks.  As I listen closely people are singing quietly along to “Blak And Blu” and “Things Are Changing,” which changed the mood of the whole theatre.  Suddenly he stops and says, “Cheers to all you beautiful people” as he toasts the crowd with a red solo cup filled with whiskey he lifted out of his box.  He takes a sip and moves on. “Our Love” was the best song from the whole night (well for me personally) it was the song that brought tears to my eyes because there was so much soul put into his performance of it.  Leave it to Gary Clark Jr. to take your soul and mold it.  “Bright Lights,” “I Don’t Owe You A Thang,” and “Next Door Neighbor Blues” were the songs that closed up the night.  I couldn’t imagine a more romantic night and feel lucky for the people that get to see him for night two.

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