Gary Clark Jr. strikes first notes at Made in America

The first notes at Made in America were struck by Texas blues man Gary Clark Jr. The Austin six string slinger is a taciturn badass, and he did have a whole lot to say to the several thousand gathered before him in front of the Art Museum steps beneath a punishing afternoon sun. No "How you doin', Made in America," for you. "it's a pleasure to be here" would have to do.

That's okay, because Clark is quite willing to let his music do the talking. Fronting a powerful roadhouse quartet, he moved from John Lee Hooker blues boogie to stylishly supple Al Green soul before closing by tearing the house down with "Bright Lights," which included an extended solo that made plain why The 28 year-old rising star 's name is often spoken of in the sentence as Legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. "you gonna know my name by the end of the night," and by the middle of the afternoon everyone who was paying attention at Made in America.