Gary Clark Jr. at MGM Music Hall at Fenway, June 7th 2024

Photos and Review by Robert McDonald


Gary Clark Jr. and Free Nationals featuring India Shawn delivered an unforgettable night of music at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway on June 7, 2024. The concert was a seamless blend of blues, rock, soul, and R&B, showcasing the diverse talents of both the headliner and the opening act.

Gary Clark Jr. took the stage with a setlist that spanned his career and showcased his versatility as a musician. The concert opened with “Maktub,” a track from his latest album JPEG RAW. The song’s beat set the tone for an evening that would blend blues, rock, and soul seamlessly. Clark’s performance was initially restrained, with his guitar adding color rather than dominating the sound.

As the night progressed, Clark’s setlist included a mix of new tracks and fan favorites. “When My Train Pulls In” featured a gritty blues-rock sound, while “Hyperwave” and “JPEG RAW” highlighted his ability to blend different genres. “This Is Who We Are” and “What About the Children” were standout moments that showcased Clark’s collaborative spirit and musical range.

Clark’s performance was a journey through various emotional landscapes. “The Healing” and “Alone Together” provided moments of introspection, while “Feed the Babies” and “What About the Children” offered social commentary. “Our Love” was a soulful ballad that built to a bluesy solo, demonstrating Clark’s ability to convey deep emotion through his guitar.

The set also included a slow version of “Blak and Blu,” which allowed Clark to showcase his vocal range and guitar prowess. “Bright Lights” and “Habits” brought the main set to a powerful close, with Clark’s guitar work reaching new heights.

The encore began with “You Saved Me,” a heartfelt track that resonated with the audience. The night concluded with “Funk Witch U,” featuring George Clinton, which brought the house down with its infectious groove and high-energy performance.

Gary Clark Jr.’s concert at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway was a masterclass in musical versatility and emotional depth. From the soulful opening set by India Shawn and the Free Nationals to Clark’s eclectic and powerful performance, Clark’s ability to blend genres and convey a wide range of emotions through his music made for an unforgettable night of live music.