Surprise Show

Gary Clark Jr. surprises Austin with impromptu show at iconic venue


Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show crowd line
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show stage
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show guitar in case
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show guitar
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show crowd
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show Barbara Lynn
Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Gary Clark Jr. Antone's show
Photo by Chad Wadsworth

July 14 marked another milestone show in the storied history of Antone’s. Celebrating its 41st anniversary, the venue hosted a surprise family get-together featuring Gary Clark Jr. and Barbara Lynn, as well as Don Leady and his Rockin’ Revue featuring Jack Montesinos. 

Take a look through the special evening captured by photographer Chad Wadsworth.

A sell-out crowd shared an intimate evening with Texas music greats and Susan Antone at the new space on East Fifth Street.

Halfway through his set, after commenting on how damn hot it was, Clark recognized the uniqueness of the night — both points agreed upon by all in attendance.

Clark helped reopen Antone's with investor Alex Shoghi, longtime partner Susan Antone, and Will Bridges.

The iconic music venue served as the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind concert.

King Zapata is the rhythm guitarist for Gary Clark Jr.

Johnny Radelat on drums for Clark’s set.

Clark played a mixture of new and old hits, including songs off his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.

The surprise show provided locals an opportunity to see the hometown hero up close and personal.

And the 400-capacity venue was filled to the brim for the show.

Barbara Lynn opened for Clark.

Antone's was started by the late Clifford Antone in 1975 (who passed away in 2006) and was originally housed on Sixth Street. Antone's recently relocated to downtown with programming that is returning the venue to its full glory.

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