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G. Love and Special Sauce
March 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$30 – $99
Warren Station is proud to present G. Love and Special Sauce for their 2nd annual show in Keystone! G. Love and Special Sauce have spent the last 25 years touring across America, and have become an iconic brand and an undeniable force in the music scene. Their eclectic style, musicianship, and years of experience playing together always make for a one-of a kind show.
Better yet, a limited number of “Pre-Show Pop Off Tickets” will be available for this show. Doors for GA Ticket Holders open at 7:00pm. G. Love’s Pre-Show Pop Off includes a general admission ticket with early entry, access to a pre-show performance and Q&A with G. Love at sound check, group photo on stage with G. Love and a limited edition poster autographed by G.Love. You will receive instructions via email 5-7 days before each show with event information.
Get your tickets while they are still available, you won’t want to miss this show!
- Advanced: $30
- Day of show: $35
- Pre-Show Pop Off: $99
- 7:00pm Doors Open
- 8:00pm Ben Sparaco and The New Effect
- 9:15pm G. Love and Special Sauce
G. Love and Special Sauce- “When you get the spark, you got to ride that energy,” says G. Love, and that spark certainly ignites on his 10th studio full-length Love Saves the Day. He calls the new release “the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues” that he first pioneered with Special Sauce in the early ’90s. The album not only features G. Love’s long-term Special Sauce rhythm section — upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens — but also prominent guest performers including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.
The new album completes the trilogy for G. Love that started with 2011’s Fixin to Die. That disc stripped his music down to its roots and saw him record with The Avett Brothers, while Sugar, in G. Love’s words, “reconnected the blues with the electric side” and reunited the original trio to create the band’s signature style of blending John Lee Hooker blues with “Golden Era” hip-hop beats. On Love Saves the Day the group dives even deeper, making the grooves heavier, the music rawer and the performances more authentic.
He certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discovered him performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemens brought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled debut, featuring the hit “Cold Beverage,” wound up going gold. The band became known for their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with and without Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right.
Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is riding a creative high, adding “and we didn’t want to kill each other.”
Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who “will be touring until I fall off the earth” and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. Whether Love Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isn’t a big concern to him. It stands as a huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by “keeping it raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real.” It’s an approach that he has honed over the years: “be original and be true to what you do.”
Ben Sparaco and The New Effect- Ben Sparaco and The New Effect formed in 2017 when Florida-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing with drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio. Now based in the flourishing musical oasis of Nashville, TN, Ben and the band have maintained a massive touring schedule, cutting their teeth playing coast to coast in clubs and festivals.
Sparaco spent his teen years making a name for himself in the jam scene of the southeast, playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more before he had even turned 21. This included a touring stint in late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks’ band. After recording his 2016 release “Bring the Jubilee EP” with a Florida-based group of musicians, he moved to Nashville. There, he amassed a group of some of Nashville’s finest to record his debut solo record “Wooden” with producer Ross Holmes (Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes), which also featured a guest appearance from Luther Dickinson.
After finalizing The New Effect’s powerful lineup with Berklee College of Music graduates Quirk and Discipio, Sparaco’s songwriting started drifting from his southern rock roots, showing indie rock, new wave, and pop influences, evident on the EP “Greetings, from Ben Sparaco and The New Effect.” Following this with the single “Scared of The Dark” in the fall of 2018, Sparaco and his band have earned glowing press reviews, further establishing themselves as up and comers to watch in the indie rock world.