Words by: Brian Heisler :: Images by: Pamela Martinez

G. Love & Special Sauce :: 01.20.07 :: The Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO

G. Love & Special Sauce :: 01.20.07 :: By Martinez
For the second of two nights in Denver, a wooden chair sat alone in front of a packed house at The Fillmore Auditorium. That is until the velvet-clad G. Love & Special Sauce took the stage. In a backwards mesh hat, G. Love grabbed the mic and spat rhymes in front of the screaming crowd. G. Love's presence on stage is much like that of a public speaker. With one eye on the fans and one hand on the mic he moves gracefully from one side of the stage to the other, making eye contact and engaging his people. As G. Love poured a never-ending flow of emotion from the stage, the crowd never got too intense, but included many cheers from the ladies, who were out in force like this was an Abercrombie & Fitch convention. The whole vibe was light and playful, yet seemed a bit out of place in such a big room.

After the first tune, he finally took a seat in that wooden chair and pulled out a neck brace harmonica. The simplicity of the four-piece band kept their funky pop sound tight. The upright bass really gives warmth to their live sound, along with the keys, drums, and G. Love himself. Despite the dancing before and after the show, once the music started the dancing seemed to wane from front to back, with only a head bob or two in the front row.

G. Love :: 01.20.07 :: By Martinez
Just as the audience seemed to be lost in the music, Jamie Janover of Zilla appeared to play his signature hammered dulcimer. Janover offered me this insight on the relationship, "I've known G. since the early '90s back in Boston. I met him through Dave Watts of The Motet. Dave guided me to G. and I recorded on their song 'Electric Mile.'"

A line or two from Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" and G. Love slid into "Cold Beverage," much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Within "Cold Beverage," the band added what seemed like a reference from the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots." Ripping through a monstrous song catalog, G. Love & Special Sauce played host to a familiar party. The audience was more than lively before and after the show, but seemingly off to another place during the concert itself. Whether focusing on the lyrics, pretty faces, instrumentation, or what have you, the emotion in the crowd was difficult to find while the band was on stage. That being said, G. Love & Special Sauce brought a unique vibe to The Fillmore, a cross between hip-hop, funk, jam, pop and just straight class.

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Marcsmall Wed 2/14/2007 02:34PM
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I would've liked to be there but Zero was playin across town with melvin, Martin Fierro, and Donna Jean...I wasn't gonna miss that for GLove.

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstar Thu 2/15/2007 07:00AM
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gee-luv! supa slik , best seen in small venue

YEM9 Thu 2/15/2007 07:23AM
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geigh! that is what it was beside jamie janover he is the man

hawaiianjoe star Thu 2/15/2007 09:49AM
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Whoever wrote this is obiviously not a fan nor all that objective. Maybe he is confused with the size of the venue to the size of the performance. I have seen many a show, I would put G. Love in the top FIVE performers on my list: TOOL, Radiohead, The Wailers, Parliment Funk. For him to play tonights solid is testament enough that the SMOOTH GROOVES WILL MOVE YA!

torn&treyed Thu 2/15/2007 11:00AM
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the wailers blow...... hard

Marcsmall Thu 2/15/2007 04:28PM
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The Wailers most definetely do not blow...Family Man on bass???? but I dunno if they'd be in my top 5 performers either...neither wood tool, radiohead or p-funk.....But they don't blow

Marcsmall Thu 2/15/2007 04:28PM
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The Wailers most definetely do not blow...Family Man on bass???? but I dunno if they'd be in my top 5 performers either...neither wood tool, radiohead or p-funk.....But they don't blow

phishr82 star Fri 2/16/2007 01:53PM
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i hate to be harsh, but this review did almost nothing to give me much of an insight into the show, other than the fact that nobody was dancing and there was a chair onstage. a little more effort would've been nice, but what do i know, i hardly use my journalism degree at all :-)

peacebubbles starstarstar Sun 2/18/2007 05:36PM
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G. Love is probably the hottest guy on any stage large or small, both lyrically, visually...He's made many fests I've been at worth bein' there! Come back to eastcoast and feel tha luv G.LOVE.

dmbhead420 starstar Mon 2/19/2007 03:33PM
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yo bs to the dude who said the wailers blow. Dude you have no idea. I saw them a couple years back at Water Street, waited mad long, but so worth it. Maybe your just jealous

pixie129 star Mon 2/19/2007 11:27PM
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Wow ..I cant believe what I just read....I was at both shows and G was awsome, of coarse and the crowd was definatly into it. Was the writer at the right show?
Or maybe jealous because he didnt get any play?
The crowd was very diverse and everyone was groovin'. Just a couple of head bobs my a@%$....Loved the show ...terrible review

kfish star Thu 2/22/2007 02:11PM
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kinda sounds like a 12 yr old's essay paper

mmmbakin star Mon 2/26/2007 01:37PM
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this article was so poorly written that I actually FINALLY took the time to register with jambase just to say how sucky it was. Please jambase, make sure the writers have at least a 3rd grade education and/ or hasn't fried their brains out from to many bong hits

bogmonkey starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/5/2007 05:28PM
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I loved this article...not for it's insight into the music (which is minimal) but for quotes like "Abercrombie and Fitch Convention"...doesn't get any more descriptive than that, eh? Classic. I don't consider the writing awful, just because the man focused on the sucking void the crowd obviously represented to him. I think it's an honest review from his perspective. I normally stay away from the Fillmore these days..why go there when I can see better bands play Dulcinea's or Quixotes for 5 dolla?

And I've never seen the Abercrombie & Fitch crew at Quixotes...NEVER!