G. Love & Special Sauce came to Louisville’s Headliner’s last Wednesday and put on a fantastic show. I have seen G. Love at Red Rocks and in Colorado Springs, but this was, by far, the best performance of his that I have seen. Headliner’s was absolutely packed, even with the balcony open. G. Love has been around for a while now, and with each new generation of college students, his fan base gets bigger and bigger. He hasn’t slowed down a step and knows how to put on a damn good show.
The Elmwood Band was on stage when I arrived and, initially, I groaned thinking “great, another Dave Matthews Band rip-off.” The more I watched and listened, however, the more they grew on me. The guys were extremely talented and I quickly was able to put the fact that they looked and sounded like DMB behind me. I was officially sold on the band after their solos in the closer.
G. Love came on stage around 10 to a roaring welcome. On top of being a talented musician, G. Love is a showman. He commands attention and quickly develops a rapport with the crowd. While I would have loved to hear “Willow Tree,” G. Love played all of the crowd favorites, including the ever popular “Baby’s Got Sauce” (G. Love’s Special Sauce was for sell at the merch table, by the way). G. Love was all over the stage, rapping, playing the harmonica/guitar, slapping hands with fans, and winning the hearts of plenty of the ladies in the crowd. He looking like he was having the time of his life, even though he had to spray some kind of medicine in his mouth after every song due to a sore throat.
Now for a question to the readers. Feel free to comment your take on it below. During the encore, G. Love played “Who’s Got the Weed” and in the middle of the song broke into Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It.” Just like Ben Harper’s “Burn One Down” as soon as “Legalize It” started, a kid behind me lit up a joint. From the smell around, he wasn’t the only one in the crowd partaking. A bouncer slashed through the crowd and grabbed this kid by the back of his shirt and drug him out the side door and probably to the cop sitting out front. I guess the question is, how should a venue handle such action? A) Pot is illegal and smoking is prohibited in the venue, so the kid got what he deserved. B) The bouncer should have told him to put it out and warned him what would happen if he got caught again. C) Nothing. Hell, the artist playing at their venue is encouraging him to partake in the herb. D) Choose your own course. I’m leaning toward (B).
G. Love finished with an extended version of “Cold Beverage,” complete with solos by each band member. The show ended a little after 11, so it was relatively short, but it packed a punch. It was a blast from the past for me, and while I’ve gotten older, G. Love’s music certainly hasn’t got old. Time to start spinning his albums more often!
Set list, more pics and video below the break…
- Back of the Bus
- Stepping Stones
- Every Girl I See (Buddy Guy cover)
- Kick Drum (see video)
- Shooting Hoops
- This Ain’t Living
- Give it to You
- Booty Call
- Baby’s Got Sauce (see video)
- Can’t Go Back to Jersey
- Gimme Some Lovin’
- Rodeo Clowns
- Peace Love & Happiness
- Who’s Got the Weed (w/ Peter Tosh’s Legalize It)
- Cold Beverage
G. Love & Special Sauce