Last year, G. Love & Special Sauce’s “Yeah, It’s That Easy” turned 20 years old. Its follow-up “Philadelphonic” turns the same age next year, and the band’s earliest recordings celebrate their 25th birthday this year.
But spin any of these albums today and watch the Philly trio’s infectious blend of rock, soul and blues groove a room like the material hasn’t aged a day. This makes the Garrett Dutton, Jim Prescott and Jeff Clemens outfit’s current silver anniversary tour so hard to believe. Some of its longevity is a testament to the outfit’s ability to expertly fuse compatible genres behind the cadence of frontman Dutton—part bluesman, part hip-hop emcee and sometimes folkie.
The rest is attributed to the band’s enduring ability to jangle barroom dancers, summer festival flocks or dorm room drinkers, ones who have complemented percussive singles like “Cold Beverage” with a few of the same. The music still sounds like a party, full of hooks and breakdowns that infuses revival into new fans, aging millennials and memory-filled members of Generation X.
And decades since its inception, G. Love & Special Sauce can still keep that party going.
G. Love & Special Sauce: 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Bear’s Den inside Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $45-$55 (Ticketmaster).