I’m struggling with the notion that it has been 20 years since the debut album from G Love & Special Sauce hit the streets. I recall at the time of first hearing that the group’s marriage of acoustic blues and funk, jazzy upright bass lines, and hip-hop cadences struck me as one of the coolest groove-centric sounds that side of Soul Coughing, a band that was exploring similar terrain. I can actually picture the stereo system and see the room where I first heard both bands.
Alas, the calendar doesn’t lie. Nor, it seems relatively safe to assume, does the band’s website, which tells us that the original lineup – frontman/vocalist/guitarist G. Love, upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens – is reuniting for the first time in eight years to tour in honor of that self-titled debut’s 1994 release.
The tour, which includes a stop at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), will find the band performing that debut in full, along with a selection of favorites from the rest of the Special Sauce catalog. Kristy Lee will open the show. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show (box office, Tickets.com).
- Jeff Miers