Gary Clark Jr., aka “The Chosen One”, brought his high energy fusion of blues, rock and soul to the Jersey Shore’s iconic Stone Pony on Saturday August 26th. The Austin, Texas native was accompanied by London, England’s Michael Kiwanuka, and New York City’s Tangiers Blues Band. The Tangiers feature photography legend and New Jersey home town hero Danny Clinch on harmonica. It was a perfectly curated trio of blues bands on a cool late summer evening in front of a capacity crowd. With the sunset behind the stage and the ocean across the street, fans flooded the open air venue for a memorable night with a powerhouse guitarist at the helm.
Gary Clark Jr. opened the set with his rendition of Robert Petway’s classic “Catfish Blues,” and just kept on rolling. The fan favorite “Bright Lights” would have been the standout of the evening had he not capped his four song encore by calling on Danny Clinch to grab his harmonica and join the band for the final song of the night “Shake”. The two stood back to back as the final notes rang out and the audience called for more. The Stone Pony has just three shows left on it’s summer stage calendar for the season. You can catch Gary Clark Jr. along with Jimmie Vaughan as special guests to Eric Clapton on his upcoming two night run at Madison Square Garden September 7th and 8th.
Set List: Catfish Blues, Next Door Neighbor Blues, Ain’t Messin ‘Round, When My Train Pulls In, Our Love, Cold Blooded, BYOB, Bright Lights, Travis County, Grinder, Please Come Home, You Saved Me, The Healing
Encore: Thing’s Are Changin’, Church, Numb, Shake*
*Featuring Danny Clinch on harmonica