G. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love & Special Sauce
The attendees of G. Love & Special Sauce with special guest, Scott H. Biram, at Turner Hall Ballroom on March 15th, 2012, were giggling like little school girls to the funky humorous style of the performance.
G. Love is a crowd favorite at festivals such as Summerfest, Summercamp, and more. Even his indoor venue shows get people talking due to his outlandish presence. With his playboy wit and harmonized flirtatious vocals, G. wins over the hearts of damn near every hula gal in the structure. The energy he has on stage is across the map. From guitar and harmonica solos, to beat boxing improve raps, this Philadelphia home-boy releases his energy when necessary, yet, seems to maintain this suave demeanor throughout his performances.
G. Love & Special Sauce is a three-piece blues/alternative, and hip-hop fused group out of Pennsylvania, with frontrunner Garrett Dutton, also known as G. Love. The band is also comprised of a laid back keyboardist, Mark Boyce, with a groovy attitude and an appropriate portrayal of emotion, along with drummer Jeffery Clemens. These fella’s are part of Brushfire and 550 Music record labels, and have played alongside bands such as Jack Johnson, and The Expendables.
The visual display to compliment the soulful jams matched the mood of the show that evening. The image was of a large, color changing morning swallow that slowly floated around the backdrop. The colors arrayed from a warmer palette of orange, to pink, to clear, to a cooler style of blues and ice tones.
Somewhere near the middle of the show G. Love raised his drink in the air and said, “I’m about to play ya’ll my favorite song off my newest album…it’s called ‘Milk N’ Suga,’ baby, and it goes a lil’ somethin’ like this.” He proceeded into the song with a devilish smirk of hilarity. Exercising crowd interaction, G. Love followed by asking individual ladies of the audience “how they like their coffee?” Various responses included, “I like mine dark and strong.” Another, “I like mine white and creamy.” G. Love reacted by saying “I like mine with Milk N’ Suga’!”
This was shortly followed by an exclusive Milwaukee Rap that seemed to be an improvisational piece displaying his interpretation of the city. Other songs included on the set-list for that evening included: My Baby’s Got Sauce, one of G. Love’s coined go-to songs. Also on the ballot was a Paul Simon cover, ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, including the unmistakable chorus
“You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free.”
The crowd went absolutely bonkers during this song! A student was heard saying “This is my favorite Paul Simon song ever!” Also during the show there were talks of people that couldn’t get into the show until the second set were fortunate to have received discounted tickets if purchased at the door. The price on these discounted tickets was $10.
The audio during the routine was crisp and the tones and levels came across respectful. The fresh waves allowed for easy listening during multiple volume variations throughout the show. The lighting also compliments the piece as well; the mellow auburn toned sepia spotlights, blended with the foggy hazed clear lamps cast over the stage to create a pleasant antique-y vibe.
There was not an ounce of disappointment in the air as the fans filed out of the venue. G. Love commented on how he loves this city and always receives such a loving energy when he’s in town.
Following the show, right around the corner taking place at Notte’, a swanky disco dance den & Nite Lounge, located on the second level of Tutto, the upscale sports restaurant, on Old World 3rd St. was a FREE electronic promotional party hosted by female DJ,DJ Fortune, also known as Jessica Fenner, representing Ultra Fest going on that same weekend in Miami, FL. The male bartender was his boxers, wearing a yellow tank top with glow sticks placed aimlessly around his body.
It was one good ol’ fashioned electro-hoedown.