It always amazes me when a show is a jumble of opposites. Gary Clark Jr. returned to Denver this month, and he was ready to play his guitar. I knew he was good – but, damn. The man plays like crazy. And he was content to stand in the shadows on a really bare stage with his bandmates and just play. It made it harder for me to photograph him, but that’s OK. The music is what matters at a Gary Clark Jr. show. I really wish I had been able to see him at a smaller venue, and really absorbed the vibe. Alas, with the rocket ship of talent like this man, I am glad I got to see him at all.
But back to those opposites. Opening band Black Pistol Fire was certainly talented too, but the energy was through the roof and front man Kevin McKeown was all over the stage, and up on the drums, and in my face, and well, everywhere. Eric Owen wailed on the drums while I was blown away again how two people can fill a room with sound.
Blues and rock. High energy and mellow music. Basically, a killer night at a concert.