G. Love Brings His Sauce Home and Makes His Fillmore Debut

Photography by Mike Mauger

Every time Philly native Garrett Dutton (aka G. Love) returns to his native Philadelphia with his Special Sauce, you know you’re in for a treat.  This was especially true on Saturday night, as the band brought their signature Philadelphonic sound to the new Fillmore for their first time.


Around this time last year, G. Love & Special Sauce sold out two straight nights at South Street’s TLA theatre.  This time around, the group opted for a bigger room, and threw one big blow-out party.  With many concertgoers enjoying an extended weekend (not to mention Villanova Men’s Basketball team’s Final Four berth), we were ready to throw down.


To celebrate their latest critically acclaimed album, Love Saves the Day, G. Love & Special Sauce are shaking things up a bit on this tour by playing two sets.  The band opened the show by running through Love Saves the Day in its entirety, and then fills their second set with all requests made through the band’s Facebook page.  Check out the full set list below, in G. Love’s signature style.


You just had to know that, as a huge hip-hop fan himself, G. Love would do something to note the passing of A Tribe Called Quest founding member Phife Dawg earlier in the week.  Sure enough, G. busted out a Phife verse on “Free.”  He further busted out his Philly roots with old school tunes like “I-76,” “Blues Music,” and “This Ain’t Livin’.”


Check out a full photo gallery of G. Love & Special Sauce’s homecoming performance below, and if you haven’t yet, don’t miss the exclusive interview we did with G. Love right here!

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Were YOU at the show? Tell us your favorite part in the comments below!


  1. Jasson Hoechst

    March 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    This was my 4th year coming up from VA Beach. I’m originally from South Jersey and did stage security in Camden for 4 years from 98-01, that’s where I first fell in love with their style and music. I’ve since become pretty friendly with G and most of the guys in and associated with the band. They are all so cool and down to earth and will just chill with you after the show.
    Hometown Philly shows are always the best! He always goes the extra mile with the sets and always has the all Philly fellas band come out for I-76.
    This was my first time at the Filmore and I was totally impressed with the place. You wouldn’t know it from the outside plain brick building how beautiful it is inside!the lighting and sound is amazing. Great bars set up all over.a balcony wrapped around over looking the stage. I can’t wait for next year’s show. I hope it comes back to the Filmore.
    Some of my favorite moments were when he played “Just Fine”, Who got the weed, I-76, booty call, this ain’t livin, new York City-with the houseman Jeffrey Clemons helping out on vocals, and then he ended with a Bowie tribute of Suffragette City! I was blown away as usually. This was my 35th time with him. The new album is amazing. Check it out! Spread the word and the Love. Thanks guys. See ya soon. J

    • Mike Mauger

      March 30, 2016 at 10:10 am

      You’re totally right! The Fillmore is really on another level as far as music venues go. An intimate G. Love show is always good, but The Fillmore is just incredible.

      You nailed the highlights, too. I-76 in Philly will never get old. His live version of Booty Call is always fun, too.

      Glad you enjoyed the show – looks like he’ll be back this summer, too!

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