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G. Love and Special Sauce to wrap up X Games

April E. Clark

Hip-hop blues artist G. Love has come a long way since his days as a musician on the streets of Boston.Monday night he and his band, Special Sauce, return to Aspen for a sold-out show at Belly Up – formerly the Double Diamond – to showcase their musical street smarts.”I really relish the opportunity to do a small show because that’s how we got started. The band met in Boston, where we were all street performers” said G. Love, whose birth name is Garrett Dutton. “When I started playing music I was 16 and I said, ‘Man, I just want to play guitar all my life.’ That’s the only pipe dream I’ve ever had.”The show is a benefit for Boarding for Breast Cancer, a youth-focused education, awareness, and fundraising foundation established in 1996. The nonprofit said it is thrilled to receive the band’s support.”We couldn’t be happier,” said B4BC executive director Justine Chiara. “Music is a really important component of our outreach efforts. It just makes sense.” G. Love, a commentator during many events at the Winter X Games this weekend, including the superpipe competition, agreed.”I’m just glad to be able to help out someone’s mom or sister,” G. Love said. “I have a mom and sister too.”As part of X Games entertainment, G. Love will premier his new video, “Booty Call” at the “A Broke Down Melody” surf film screening at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Wheeler Opera House. The event will also feature the new CD from G. Love’s surfmate Jack Johnson, whose Brushfire Records label released G. Love’s most current CD, “The Hustle””It’s great to be part of a music family with Jack,” G. Love said. “I like to say we’re the white-boy version of Snoop (Dogg) and Dr. Dre. Jack is a good scientist like Dre.”Not bad for a white boy from Philly who paid his dues to get where he is today.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518, aclark@postindependent.com.


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