G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love
G. Love


G. Love and Special Sauce is scheduled to perform on Thursday, February 11.
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
In the beginning, Philadelphia native Garrett "G. Love" Dutton — hitting the national music scene like a fourth Beastie Boy crossed with splashes of Beck and Bob Dylan — created the song "Cold Beverage" with his two-man backing band, Special Sauce. The year was 1994, the shambling song came from the trio's self-titled debut, and it slowly became a radio and MTV hit, fusing hip-hop to vintage blues, jazz, and funk. That was the peak of Dutton's commercial success, but he's actually grown his fan base since then as a must-see live act who consistently packs venues. In recent years, G. Love & Special Sauce have been affiliated with surfer-dude/acoustic-pop superstar Jack Johnson's record label, Brushfire, and they've been embraced by the jam-band scene, too, which hasn't hurt their bottom line one bit. The trio's most recent album, 2008's Superhero Brother (the band's 10th), reflects some of that with a bit of Dead-style guitar noodling and Jerry Garcia-channeling vocals mixed in with their usual soul-man rap-blues steez. Expect G. Love to get the party started right with a career-spanning set that will probably also include a smattering of new tunes from the studio album they're working on.
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