G. Love Kicks off Tour at Chicago’s House of Blues

In 1994 I was in college. That’s the same year G. Love and Special Sauce released their self-titled album that went on to achieve gold status. The timing could not have been better – I was ready for a new sound, and that’s exactly what I got.

G. Love (Garrett Dutton III) has a style that infuses blues, some hip-hop and even occasional jazz riffs into one rolling, steady rhythm. It’s one of those sounds that sticks with you immediately – you could hear it once, then not again for years and still know exactly who it is within the first few seconds. It’s rare in music to come across an act that stands alone, but this is just such an example.

Post-college, I kept up with G. Love and Special Sauce through the releases of Coast to Coast Motel, Yeah, It’s That Easy, and Philadelphonic. Then, for whatever reason, I lost track. That’s until a few weeks ago, when I noticed they were kicking off a tour, right here in Chicago at House of Blues, one of the finest venues in town. And as if fate intervened, a friend and fellow Sound Citizen scooped up tickets to the show and extended an invite to me. So thanks, Brad. I owe you one.

The show was part of a charity event hosted by Chicago Cubs broadcasters (and performing musicians) Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. Charity, local Chicago celelbrities and G. Love … and it wasn’t sold out? Interesting and perplexing, but fine by me. The thing is, everyone there had a long history with G. Love and the Sauce. So the crowd was just right.

It was a laid back night, to be sure. And no doubt, the 5,000 pounds of pot in the air didn’t hurt. Seriously, it’s the most weed I’ve ever seen burned at any concert – and I’m talking more than shows like Phish at Red Rocks. Believe it.

Well, we had a great time. I’ve heard that G. Love either brings it, or leaves it back home. This night, he brought it full force. Or, at least as forceful as one of his shows can be. I was teleported back to Des Moines, Iowa, when kegs were still tapped at frat parties and flannel was still hanging on. While those things have faded with time, G. Love and Special Sauce are timeless – I’m glad I was reminded of this, and encourage you to do the same.

Below is some video from the show – a compilation and below that is a performance of “Cold Beverage.” Enjoy. Listed below the videos are G. Love’s 2010 tour dates.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpPhVnBplqI[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEVtSHY-Jxs[/youtube]

Feb 3 2010 8:00P The Lyric Oxford Oxford, Mississippi
Feb 4 2010 8:00P House of Blues – New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 5 2010 8:00P House of Blues – Dallas Dallas, Texas
Feb 6 2010 8:00P The Warehouse Houston, Texas
Feb 9 2010 8:00P Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, Arizona
Feb 11 2010 8:00P The Marquee Tempe, Arizona
Feb 12 2010 8:00P House of Blues – San Diego San Diego, California
Feb 13 2010 8:00P House of Blues – Hollywood W. Hollywood, California
Feb 14 2010 8:00P Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo, California
Feb 17 2010 8:00P Harlow’s Sacramento, California
Feb 18 2010 8:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Feb 19 2010 8:00P The Catalyst Santa Cruz, California
Feb 20 2010 8:00P Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Feb 21 2010 8:00P McNears Mystic Theatre Petaluma, California
Feb 24 2010 8:00P Humboldt Brews Arcata, California
Feb 25 2010 8:00P WOW Hall Eugene, Oregon
Feb 26 2010 8:00P Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
Feb 27 2010 8:00P Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Mar 5 2010 8:00P Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 6 2010 8:00P Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Mar 7 2010 8:00P First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 10 2010 8:00P House Of Blues – Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 11 2010 8:00P Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mar 12 2010 8:00P Madison Theatre Covington, Kentucky
Mar 13 2010 8:00P The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 16 2010 8:00P Exit-In Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 17 2010 8:00P The Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Mar 18 2010 8:00P Valarium Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 19 2010 8:00P The Music Farm Charleston, South Carolina
Mar 20 2010 8:00P Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Mar 23 2010 8:00P The Handlebar Greenville, South Carolina
Mar 24 2010 8:00P Freebird Live Jacksonville, Florida
Mar 25 2010 8:00P Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mar 26 2010 8:00P The Ritz Ybor City, Florida
Mar 27 2010 8:00P House Of Blues – FL Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Mar 29 2010 8:00P WorkPlay Theater Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 31 2010 8:00P George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apr 1 2010 8:00P Revolution Music Hall Little Rock, Arkansas
Apr 2 2010 8:00P Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 3 2010 8:00P Antone’s Austin, Texas

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