Concert Reviews

G.Love Got Funky AF on His Saturday Show in Deep Ellum

The singer, born Garrett Dutton was back in Dallas after COVID and a Grammy nom.
The singer, born Garrett Dutton was back in Dallas after COVID and a Grammy nom. Andrew Sherman
Remember when music was just plain fun? That’s what the crowd got this weekend with the return of G. Love to Dallas: infectious grooves, snappy, happy lyrics with singalong choruses and booty-shaking beats.

G. Love, funky as ever, made his first post-COVID tour to showcase his 2020 Grammy-nominated release The Juice. His current band is named after the album and they lit up Trees on Saturday night with groovy guitar rhythms and G.Love's super-syncopated, lyrical style.
click to enlarge G. Love brought the fun to Deep Ellum on Saturday. - ANDREW SHERMAN
G. Love brought the fun to Deep Ellum on Saturday.
Andrew Sherman
Born Garrett Dutton, the Philly musician has had a strong following since his hits “Baby’s Got Sauce” and “Cold Beverages” introduced his style of laid-back blues mixed with hip-hop, though he uses no samples or computers. His band meticulously pumps out beats on a standard setup of drums, upright bass, two guitars and harmonica. It’s just as danceable but has somewhat of a more old-time feel.

The show was pure joy. Dutton played two sets and many standards, including a fantastic cover of “Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg. His own “Who's Got the Weed” prompted an enthusiastic skunk-like smell from the audience but that was quashed fairly quickly. It was nice to be in a room of people singing along to “Peace, Love and Happiness.”
click to enlarge G. Love played Trees on Saturday night. - ANDREW SHERMAN
G. Love played Trees on Saturday night.
Andrew Sherman
Known for bringing out guests, G.Love ended the first set with Texas blues guitarist Wes Jean jumping onstage. After some furious blues guitar solos, Delta blues man (and the show's opener) Jontavious Willis took over lead vocals as Dutton slid over to harmonica for a fantastic Deep Ellum-style jam.
click to enlarge G.Love had sauce and juice this weekend. - ANDREW SHERMAN
G.Love had sauce and juice this weekend.
Andrew Sherman
Time seems to have had no effect on the baby-faced G. Love. He had the energy of a teenager and an infectious smile that only left his face to make room for his screaming harmonica solos. The singer delivered the goods as always, and the crowd, thirsty for G.Love's brand of fun, gladly showered in The Juice.
click to enlarge The G. Love show was pure joy this weekend in Dallas. - ANDREW SHERMAN
The G. Love show was pure joy this weekend in Dallas.
Andrew Sherman

click to enlarge The G. Love crowd got some F.un on Saturday. - ANDREW SHERMAN
The G. Love crowd got some F.un on Saturday.
Andrew Sherman
click to enlarge The only time G. Love wasn't smiling, he had a harmonica in his mouth. - ANDREW SHERMAN
The only time G. Love wasn't smiling, he had a harmonica in his mouth.
Andrew Sherman
click to enlarge The crowd sang along to every word. - ANDREW SHERMAN
The crowd sang along to every word.
Andrew Sherman

click to enlarge G. Love played his own hits and some standards at an unforgettable show at Trees. - ANDREW SHERMAN
G. Love played his own hits and some standards at an unforgettable show at Trees.
Andrew Sherman
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