When Garrett "G. Love" Dutton walked onstage and greeted the
Before long, the sun had set, and Dutton and his band were ready to party until the 10 p.m. curfew.
The band's warm reception at Artscape was a testament to their enduring appeal on the college touring circuit. One of their most popular songs, "Cold Beverage," even felt like a tribute to the countless cups of lemonade (and perhaps other, stronger beverages) that kept festival-goers moving throughout the band's set.
Dutton began his performance looking much like the bluesmen who've influenced his music, seated in a chair with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica holder around his neck. Later, he would switch to an electric guitar. The band opened with "Milk And Sugar," an ode to coffee that references the Folgers ad jingle (Dutton himself sang an ad jingle for
G. Love & Special Sauce emphasized original material from early albums — particularly their gold-selling 1994 self-titled debut and the 1995 follow-up, "Coast To Coast Motel" — but they also peppered the set with covers. The song "Booty Call" segued into "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" by
At one point, Dutton went off on an extended showcase of his harmonica skills, following an anecdote about how to play harmonica that involved a bit of sexual innuendo. In addition to the harmonica and Dutton's impressive slide guitar work, Special Sauce often showcased flashy musicianship, with upright bassist Timo Shanko taking several solos.
G. Love has released four solo albums without Special Sauce, including the latest, "Fixin' To Die," which was produced by