G. Love at the Music Pier Monday

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G. Love is with Special Sauce at the Ocean City Music Pier Monday, Aug. 4. Next up in the Monday concert series will be the Indigo Girls Aug. 11. (photo by Emmett Malloy) G. Love is with Special Sauce at the Ocean City Music Pier Monday, Aug. 4. Next up in the Monday concert series will be the Indigo Girls Aug. 11. (photo by Emmett Malloy) G. Love and Special Sauce have a new album out, and are ready to hit the Ocean City Music Pier Monday, Aug. 4.

Tickets are $35 on sale through Ticket Master 800-745-3000 at www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply). For information call 609-525-9300 or stop at the Music Pier box office.

The Philly-based trio features drums, bass and Love on vocals, harmonica and electric guitar.

In a recent interview, G. Love said he was psyched about “Sugar,” available on CD, vinyl and digital download.

“It’s a really great record for us. It’s a real look back at the hip-hop blues thing. It’s what we do, but a real bold step,” he said. “It’s been marinating so much, the playing’s seasoned, the songwriting is so seasoned.”

The original trio is back on the road, with Jeffrey Clemens on drums and Jim Prescott playing bass.

Love said he was excited about the collaborations on the new release, which includes a song co-written by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and another featuring singer Merry Clayton, best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Also featured is New Orleans trumpeter Shemarr Allen.

“It’s a really great record for us,” he said, adding that it was recorded for Brushfire Records in Jack Johnson’s solar-powered studio.

For the Ocean City show, Love said concertgoers should expect a party.

“We always try to bring people into our house, bring them into our front porch,” he said.

Love, born Garret Dutton, said he keeps things pretty loose, but there are a few crowd favorites that are pretty sure to be in every set.

“Obviously, on this tour, we’re trying to bring a lot of the new album in as well,” he said in a recent interview.

Love grew up in Philadelphia, but spent summers at the Jersey Shore. He said he wrote many of his early songs on his mother’s porch in Avalon.

Love started playing on the street in Philadelphia and later moved to Boston, where he met Clemens and they started working as a duo.

The first self-titled album on Okeh Records as Special Sauce came out in 1994, featuring favorites like “Baby’s Got Sauce” and “Cold Beverage.” But the band’s own website describes the album as falling short of what it could be, compared to what was to come.

 


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