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Sugar & Sauce! | G. Love & Special Sauce Live Review & Concert Photos | House of Blues Orlando | March 27, 2015

by • April 11, 2015

After a long day where not many things were going right, the last thing I wanted to do was take on the inevitable headache induced by a drive down I-4. But as it turns out, it was exactly what I needed. No, not the traffic, but what was waiting at the end of that gridlock: some good ol’ blues music courtesy of G. Love & Special Sauce.

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G. Love’s record-label-mate (is that a word?), Matt Costa, opened up the night with a handful of tasty, folky, acoustic tunes. Sometimes when singer/songwriters open for a full band they fail to get the crowd moving but Matt kicked things off with power finesse and tied it together with some harmonica playing. I was pleased that I wasn’t the only one singing along as he played some of my favorites including: “Miss Magnolia,” “Long December,” and “Sunshine.” I’ve wanted to see Matt play live for some time now and he sure didn’t disappoint.

G. Love and Special Sauce dove straight into their set with “Sugar,” from their newest album, (you guessed it) Sugar. I’d give a million dollars to anyone that could remain completely still for the duration of a G. Love song. You just can’t. And if you did win that bet, I’d advise you to put it toward a soul because you clearly don’t have one. 😉

G. Love’s Special Sauce, comprised of Jim “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens,” have been touring with G. Love for over twenty years now, playing 200+ shows per year. The result is the tightest blues band you could possibly imagine.

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They blazed through their set and humbly left the stage, thanking the crowd for coming out and supporting. But, if you have ever been to a G. Love show, you know he gives you your money’s worth and then some. He came back out on stage with an acoustic guitar to play a couple more. And then a couple turned into a few as he invited Special Sauce back out to back him up. And a few turned into pretty much a whole new set including a crowd favorite, “Cold Beverage,” and possibly the most fun version of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” that I have ever witnessed, featuring Matt Costa.

If you left before the encore, you missed half the show. You may have beat the traffic but I got to happily squeeze every last drop of that special sauce into my ear holes. 🙂

G. Love & Special Sauce Live Review and Live Concert Photos by Adam Fricke.

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