Fifteen years ago, the White Stripes emerged as the finest blues-based act in the land, only to face scrutiny that, as two pale white kids, they were somehow inauthentic. There are no such questions about singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr.'s legitimacy. He's black, true, but he's also been playing the blues since he was a teen prodigy in Austin. Whereas his common reference point Jimi Hendrix was a pioneer of multiplicity, fusing genres together, Clark is happy to work in one form at a time. On last year's Blak and Blu, it was sweltering stadium-rock ("Bright Lights"), country blues ("Next Door Neighbor Blues"), misty-eyed soul ("Please Come Home"), and New Edition-style R&B ("The Life"). His fretboard gymnastics? Worth the price of admission alone. With the Wild Feathers and Max Frost. 18+.
Wed., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., 2013