On Thursday August 29th, the air in Flagstaff, Arizona had already begun to get chilly in this little town located at 7000 feet. With opening acts by Tristan Prettyman and the John Butler Trio this evening was anything but cold especially once Garrett Dutton – (G.Love)- and the fellas called “Special Sauce” hit the stage. With a new album in tow (Superhero Brother) G Love and the boys came out firing. Firing it up?… maybe not so much, as G told the story of his last visit to AZ which included an unplanned visit with the AZ boys in blue. This of course preceded the new song “Who’s Got The Weed?” that trots to a laid back but flow’n tempo and included a Legalize it tease and a rap that recapped his AZ follies.
With a solid initial set of new tunes and old favorites, G and the Special Sauce brought it to the table. New tunes including “Soft & Sweet”, and “Grandmother”, were mixed with the likes of “Rodeo Clowns”, and ending it with a twist on the classic “Cold Beverages” that was cooled down even more with a Sanford & Sons theme and an extended jam to wrap up the set.
But that wasn’t the end of the show… not by a long shot. The encore kicked off in solo fashion with the title track “Superhero Brother”, only to be followed up by an appearance with John Butler as the two covered the Beatles – “Blackbird”. The jam packed encore continued as Tristan Prettyman and the Special Sauce made their way back on stage for “Beautiful” (from the album Lemonade). “Peace, Love & Happiness”, “Baby’s Got Sauce” and a rock’n version of the Rolling Stones’ – “Pleased To Meet You” brought John Butler back on stage to close down the evening.
Salty blues, free flow’n hip hop & roots. You call it the way you hear it, because G. Love and Special Sauce doesn’t fit into a typical music genre. But after 13 years of playing music one thing’s for certain… the Philly band always keeps it served up like a cold beverage.