Tuesday, March 2, 2010

G. Love Blasts Through Boise

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The first time I heard his music I was at a strip club. While a hard-bodied woman writhed and danced suggestively on stage I found myself drawn to the DJ. “What song is this,” I asked the man inside the glass booth. “’Baby’s Got Sauce’ by G.Love and Special Sauce,” he answered.

Last Saturday night I found myself grooving on the dance floor in front of the stage at the Knitting Factory to that same song. Squished amid a couple hundred other hyped up fans of the funky blues-and-hip-hop group, I couldn’t stop myself from singing along and bopping to the beat as I thought back to the first night I heard the band’s music more than a decade ago.

Sounding like polished performers who enjoy rocking out in front of a live audience, G. Love and Special Sauce performed for about two hours on Feb. 27, pumping up the crowd with a new song called “Come Back 2 Me,” and pleasing fans with old favorites like “This Ain’t Livin” and “Cold Beverage.”

Throughout the night Garrett Dutton, aka G. Love, prowled the stage and played to the crowd while making lots of eye contact with the appreciative folks down in front. Jamming along on upright bass was Timo Shanko, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens kept time on drums and Mark Boyce blasted away at the keyboards.

After a brief intermission the lead singer/guitarist/harmonica player took the stage solo for a stripped down version of “Booty Call” before calling the band back onstage to wrap up their set and the Northwestern leg of their Winter 2010 tour with “Who’s Got the Weed.”

Early the next morning, G. Love Twittered that the Boise show was "dope." Indeed.

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