Gary Clark, Jr. / CrossroadsKC / Kansas City, MO / July 22nd, 2014

Crossroads KC is an eccentric and exciting outdoor music venue located in the Kansas City Crossroads art district. The venue is known for hosting a variety of unique shows and featuring a broad spectrum of music. Crossroads has charming perks including, hula hoopers, jugglers, cheap drinks, surrounding city sky views, and a delicious Food Network-featured restaurant “Grinders.” Some shows even allow you to bring a lawn chair.

The venue was gruelingly packed on a day where the heat index peaked 114 degrees. I witnessed fans with articles of clothing completely drenched in sweat. When Gary Clark Jr. hit the stage there was an enormous eruption of cheers. I heard one fan yell “finally, I thought I was going to melt.” Clark Jr. once said, “I failed public speaking in grade school, ’cause I was so nervous and scared.” The shyness was still evident with his minimal words of “thank you” between songs. Clark Jr. prefers to communicate through music. He prefers to express himself through the range on the guitar. I watched fans stand completely motionless. It was as if they had forgotten to breath. I guess that happens when you find yourself watching pure unadulterated talent.

– Bob Parsons

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