G. Love thinks that he and his band, Special Sauce, “have that summertime vibe” in their music, a relaxed but funky combination of blues and hip-hop. So the Philadelphia singer, songwriter and guitarist is happy when the group actually gets to play it outside in summer weather, which happens less than he’d like.
“We do most of our playing inside,” says G. Love (real name Garrett Dutton III), 35, “so whenever we get a chance to play outside, it’s a real treat. We’ve been playing in the smoke-filled clubs for so long, every time we get to see a little sunshine, it’s a wonderful thing.”
G. Love and company are on the road this summer promoting “Superhero Brother,” their 10th release overall and third for good pal Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label. The title track, he acknowledges, is a bit of social commentary, inspired by “being very disheartened about a lot of young people reelecting George Bush to a second term” and also winking at various musicians, including himself, who mix activism with their music — with varying results.
“I’m just making fun of musicians like myself and other good-willing musicians who feel like they can change the world with their music,” G. Love explains. “We know economic policy saves the world, so it’s just kind of poking fun at everybody who tries to do it with music. But at the heart of it, it’s very sincere and prosocial and trying to do ... exactly what I’m making fun of, I guess.”
G. Love & Special Sauce, the John Butler Trio and Tristan Perryman perform at 6:45 p.m. Friday (Aug. 8) at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $24.50 and $22 pavilion, $17 and $8.08 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.
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