When: Wed., June 17, 8 p.m. 2015
GARY CLARK JR.
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
Events such as Farm Aid, which the Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. played last year in Raleigh, are carousels of talent, where one act can barely settle onto the stage before it's time for the subsequent set. But few seemed to want Clark to abandon his late-afternoon showcase, where his fingers flew across six squealing strings and his mouth delivered lambent loverman laments with preternatural cool, sweat dripping lazily from his brow. Clark is at complete ease with his blues-rock revivalism when he steps back from the lip of the stage to take knotty, intense solos that seem to have always been at his disposal, only waiting to be summoned. Though Clark was an Austin star during the younger Bush's first term, the 31-year-old has only recently stepped into international acclaim, thanks less to his slightly stuffy 2012 Warner Brothers debut than the strings of high-profile gigs that it prompted. He's just wrapped work on its follow-up, choosing to cut it in a comfortable room near home rather than Los Angeles. That's an exciting prospect, as his music is best when it seems to drip, sweat-like, from his body. 8 p.m., $24$40, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, 919-839-6262, www.ncartmuseum.org. —Grayson Haver Currin