Few artists hold the unique ingredients that are mixed into the sound of G. Love & Special Sauce. With a sold-out Vinyl Music Hall audience in his gaze, Garrett “G. Love” Dutton brought his Philly-born performing skills to Downtown Pensacola.
Supporting artist, Andrew Greene took the stage and soothed his soulful, blues-infused folk into the Tuesday night crowd. Often switching guitars between songs and eliciting powerful spirits from his harmonica, the Boston, Massachusetts musician endeared himself to the audience onstage and also in the merchandise booth after his set.
Only a few weeks removed from Robert Randolph and The Family Band’s sold-out Vinyl Music Hall debut, Dutton followed in his fellow artist’s footsteps with a sold-out debut at the Downtown Pensacola venue. Having shared the stage at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006, it has been a special season for music lovers in Northwest Florida having both groups perform here.
Accompanied by his band, Dutton made his entrance to the stage under a veil of red light and cheers from the crowd. Beginning the set seated and energized, the front-man from Philadelphia kicked and literally rocked the night into motion. Supported by a career that dates back to G. Love & The Special Sauce’s debut album “Back in the Day,” Dutton danced out of the chair and moved the venue with his charismatic wave of rap, blues and soul laced with good-time vibes.
-Michael L. Smith