Philadelphia soul, a touch of the Delta blues and more than a little bit of hip-hop’s influence – that’s the recipe for the funky gumbo that is G. Love and Special Sauce. Since emerging in 1993, the group – G. Love on guitar and vocals, Timo Shanko on bass and Houseman on drums – has been thrilling audiences with its ebullient version of hip-hop blues, centered around fat grooves and Love’s brand of soulful vocalizing.
A veteran of well-attended shows at Thursday at the Square over the years, the Love/Sauce combo will bring its funky party indoors this time around, for what is likely to be a sweaty event at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). G. Love – Garrett Dutton to his mom – is touring behind his most recent release, “Fixin’ To Die,” an album for which he collaborated with the Avett Brothers in service of a more stripped-down, country-funk approach. That said, expect the full Special Sauce treatment for Saturday’s show, which will also feature an opening performance from Swear and Shake.
Tickets are $20 advance and $25 on Saturday (box office, Tickets.com).
– Jeff Miers