Gary Clark Jr. performs at The Anthem on March 30, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Trying to paint Gary Clark Jr. into a box is an exercise in futility. When you started to believe that he’s “just” the next great guitar virtuoso, Gary dropped a soul song that featured a vocal range showcasing his falsetto. When you could not stop dancing along with one of his upbeat and catchy rock hits, Gary played an R&B number that would fit into Motown. And if you ever dared to think that Gary doesn’t have something new to say, he went ahead and released This Land in February, an album and title track that tackles racism in America.
Jawbreaker shakes The Anthem on March 28, 2019 (Photo by David LaMason)
Memory is a strange thing. Some things seem made to be remembered one day and forgotten the next but others, like the smells and tastes of childhood, or, in this case, hearing songs played live, are burned into those synapses so clearly that it can become a little disorienting. This is where I found myself on Thursday night at The Anthem experiencing Jawbreaker for the first time in, what, 20… no, 24 years later.
Jawbreaker (Photo courtesy Inland Empire Touring)
In 2017, Los Angeles punks Jawbreaker made a lot of fans happy when the band announced they would reunite for RiotFest. The reunion took hold for the reconstituted group, and Jawbreaker now performs at The Anthem on Thursday, March 28.
Erykah Badu performs at The Anthem on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Erica Abi Wright, better known as Erykah Badu, dropped by The Anthem recently, and Chris Castillo took some pix of the actress and singer-songwriter.
Robyn performs at The Anthem on March 9, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)
On the stage of The Anthem recently, Robyn cried tears of joy.
James Bay performs at Lotto Arena on March 26, 2016. (Photo by Tom Van Ghent)
James Bay took to the stage for a long-awaited performance at The Anthem recently, and he proved without a doubt that he’s more than just a pretty face.
Erykah Badu (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Most folks likely most recently saw Erykah Badu in the comedy “What Men Want,” but the R&B artist is touring her music, and she stops at The Anthem on Saturday, March 16.