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Gallery: 13 Make-You-Feel-Like-You’re-There Photos of Gary Clark Jr. Performing at the Riv

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Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

It isn’t without effort that one finds inner peace, calm, happiness. For quieting thoughts a person must fight against the louder sirens of pride and provocation.

A mostly white crowd ranging in age from preteen to retirement gathered at the Riviera Theater to hear a black man from Austin sing about his personal fight. Clark’s prose concerning love, struggle, and redemption appeal to anyone who’s lived, even for a short time.

Minus any pomp whatsoever aside from the cheers of the crowd, Clark took the stage, guitar in hand, looking fuller and happier since his last visit to Chicago. I assume he’s playing with more artistic freedom on The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, his second release with Warner Bros. Records. I heard him say during Lolla’ 2015 that he’s more than the blues guy. He’s proving that now. Biting into classic chords intertwined with soulful riffs. He’s still a shy performer. But he’s a confident one.

Photos: Kari Herrera of Chicagoings.com

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

Gary Clark Jr. in Chicago

 

Kari Herrera is the creator of Chicagoings.com, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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