G. Love & Special Sauce @ Cain’s Ballroom
The minute G. Love came on stage at Cain’s Ballroom on March 24, it became apparent the night would be special. Backed up by the Special Sauce, Jeffrey Clemens (drums, vocals), Mark Boyce (keyboards), and Timo Shank (string bass), they started out the night with “Milk & Sugar,” a light-hearted love song from Fixin’ To Die, G. Love’s newest album. That song set the tone for the show, a light and fun showcase of refined musicianship from years of experience and a lot of soul.
The first three songs that night were from the new production, which is full of hits. The audience sang and foot-stomped along, with a familiarity that doesn’t come easy after only a month of the album release.
Continue reading for more about the show, the photos, and a special meeting.
Words and photos by B “Cafe con Leche” Gutierrez
The night’s set was a great mixture of all stages of G. Love’s journey, going back to Coast To Coast Motel with “Sweet Sugar Mama” and “Leaving The City.” And navigating through more heavy hip-hop/blues tunes like “The Things That I Used To Do,” “Shooting Hoops” and “Cold Beverage.”
The crowd celebrated each of the several instrumental breaks of the set, as well as the story delivered by G. Love in his thick Philly accent between guitar riffs in “Baby’s Got Sauce.”
The set ended with “Can’t Go Back To Jersey” and was followed by a six-song acoustic encore, all from Fixin’ To Die. I couldn’t have been happier, I don’t think the rest of the crowd couldn’t have been happier either. This is truly one of G. Love’s best albums, and with 10 out the 13 tracks performed on that night, we were all left more than satisfied.
The encore started out with “Heaven,” then moved to a delightful acoustic version of “Just Fine.” By the end of it, everyone was singing along. It’s just THAT kind of hit. “Katie Miss” kept the romantic tone going, but then G. Love picked up the pace a bit with “The Road” and “Walk On,” which are meant to go together. G. Love’s fresh new take on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” followed. And as if that wasn’t a golden ending to the night, “Fixin’ To Die” topped it off. Perfect encore? Hells yes.
G. Love & Special Sauce’s Southern part of his tour seems to be done. So you will have to be on the lookout for their next tour. But if you haven’t checked out Fixin’ To Die” yet… OMG.Love, what are you waiting on?
My friends and I got to meet the man a few minutes after the show. And we made sure to tell him to come back to Fayetteville, AR. Not that we minded the drive to Tulsa, but it’d be nice to catch him around this funky corner of the Natural State.
Setlist: Milk & Sugar, Get Goin’, You’ve Got To Die, Leaving The City, Sweet Sugar Mama, Missing My Baby, The Things That I Used To Do, Blues Music > Walk On The Wild Side > Kick It, Shooting Hoops, Cold Beverage, Hot Cookin’, Holla!, Baby’s Got Sauce, Can’t Go Back To Jersey.
Encore: Heaven, Just Fine, Katie Miss, The Road, Walk On, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Fixin’ To Die.