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Tonight in Rock in LA - Eric Clapton, Robert Cray

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It was either 1986 or '87. LAist was living in Inglewood within walking distance of the Fabulous Forum. We were young and impressionable. We had heard of the legend of "Clapton is God", but we were also fascinated by a new guy named Robert Cray who was just breaking into the scene with a blues tune that was actually getting played on MTV - something unheard of unless your name was Stevie Ray. So we walked down to the Forum, bought some tickets for face value from the box office and sat in the very back of the arena. Cray's set was damn good and we thought, ok British legend, let's see what you've got. And let's just say that even in the back row of the Forum, this would-be blogger was so completely blown away that we too followed suit and scribbled "Clapton is God" in the men's room, which we are certain will be repeated late tonight after the former Cream guitarist converts some new blood.

Eric Clapton, Robert Cray @ Staples Center
Dr. Dog, Bobby Bare Jr., Jeffrey Lewis @ The Troubadour
Bushwalla @ Viper Room
Fujiya & Miyagi @ Spaceland
The Abyssinians @ The Echo
The Steve Carson Band, Jeau James, Attic of Love, Last Great Day @ The Gig
Zen Robbie, Long Beach Unified, Disco Stranger, Kairoots @ Roxy