Batiste’s collective Stay Human, featured a bassist, guitarist, tuba, a booming saxophone and an energetic tambourine man to kick off the show around 7:30 as the sun began to set. Playing a variety of original tunes with a down-south Nawlins feel, Batiste looked like the coolest-cat in the park with a sequent black jacket and a harmonabord. The highlight of Batiste’s set had to be when they jumped off stage, mingling with the crowd while playing their cover of The Fugee’s ‘Killing Me Softly.’ The energetic crowd had a great time dancing and singing along as the band marched back on stage to finish their set.
Batiste was a great intro to get the flow going for Gary Clark Jr. Promoting his new live album, which spans all of his ‘Blak and Blu’ recordings, GCJ was feeling the vibe early. By the time the first chord hit on ‘Next Door Neighbor Blues,’ Clark had shed his black blazer and was jammin’ out on a fire engine red guitar. Shortly into his set, Clark’s velvety vocals gave way to a beautiful performance by a female vocalist for a groovy ‘Travis County.’ That didn’t last long, however. A man of very few words, by the end of the track, Clark was back with a vengeance stating, ‘I feel like getting loose right now.’ With that being said, Clark ripped into a perfect, crowd pleasing, version of ‘When My Train Pulls In.”
Overall the rest of the night was as we’ve come to expect from a performer of Clark’s magnitude: a soulful journey of rock/R&B, psychedelic, and blues. Check out more of Clark’s style on his Soundcloud page.