Gary Clark Jr

Gary Clark Jr. pulling into Camden’s Electric Ballroom

Gary Clark Jr. is set to play London’s Electric Ballroom in November.

Three days after his Summer Series show at Somerset House, the American guitarist has announced his return to the capital, with the Camden show set to take place on 16 November 2015.

Tickets go on general sale via LiveNation on 17 July.

Over the past four years, Clark Jr. and his band have carved a niche for themselves, disregarding the usual categorisations of blues, jazz, or rock ‘n’ roll. With his debut album, ‘Blak And Blu’, the singer and songwriter became the first ever artist to receive Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year. He won the latter — Best Traditional R&B Performance — for his song ‘Please Come Home’ at the 2014 Grammys.

Rock, R&B, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are all in Clark’s musical palette — which helps explain why in the past year he’s appeared on both the latest Foo Fighters album, ‘Sonic Highways’, and the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning movie ‘12 Years a Slave’.

Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Jimmy Page, Alicia Keys, the Roots, Buddy Guy, Dave Matthews, Roger Waters, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Jeff Beck, are among the many he’s impressed and performed with. He made more “special guest” appearances on the Stones’ 50th anniversary tour than any other artist, including the concluding Hyde Park blowout, and has again filled the role on several dates of their current Zip Code tour.

Clark Jr., who released a live album last year, has even impressed US President Barack Obama. On seeing Clark command the stage of the PBS White House concert honoring the blues — with Jagger, Beck, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy among the veterans performing — Obama declared of him: “He’s the future.”


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