G.Love (USA)

Show times:

Friday May 15th at 11:00 AM

Surf Parade Stage

Saturday May 16th at 10:00 AM

Gold Coast Aiport Stage (Broadbeach Mall)

G. Love will be heading to Queensland this year for his inaugural performance at Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival!

G. Love’s newest album The Juice, which was recorded in Nashville with a slew of special guests including Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier, is indeed diploma worthy. Co-produced and co-written with Grammy-winning icon Keb Mo’, it’s an electrifying collection, one that tips its cap to more than a century of blues greats even as it offers its own distinctly modern pop spin on the genre, mixing programmed beats and hip-hop grooves with blistering guitar and sacred steel.

G. Love’s lyrics are both personal and political, artfully balancing his appreciation for the simple joys in life with his obligation to speak out for justice and equality. His performances are suitably riotous and rousing to match, with infectious call-and-response hooks and funky sing-along choruses at every turn. Easy as it is to succumb to cynicism these days, the songs on ‘The Juice’ refuse, insisting instead on hope and determination in the face of doubt and despair.

Born Garrett Dutton in Philadelphia, PA, G. Love grew up equally enthralled with folk, blues, and rap, devouring everything from Lead Belly and Run D.M.C. to John Hammond and the Beastie Boys. After migrating to Boston, he and his band, Special Sauce, broke out in 1994 with their Gold-selling self-titled debut, which earned widespread critical acclaim for its bold vision and adventurous production. Over the next 25 years, G. Love went on to release seven more similarly lauded studio studios albums with Special Sauce (plus four solo albums on his own), solidifying his place in music history as a genre-bending pioneer with a sound that The New York Times described as “a new and urgent hybrid” and NPR called a “musical melting pot.”

G. Love’s magnetic stage presence made him a fixture on festival line-ups from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, and his relentless appetite for tour and collaboration landed him on the road and in the studio with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, and DJ Logic.

In the past few years, G. Love has launched his own beer collaboration with Oregon’s Good Life Brewery (The Juice IPA), started his own festival in Massachusetts (The Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival), and founded his own record label, Philadelphonic, which he aims to use as an outlet for curating both music and visual art (the cover of ‘The Juice’ features a brand new work G. Love commissioned from renowned painter Greg Haberny).

G. Love says – “I’ve never been the kind of guy who thinks he’s going to change the world with his guitar. But maybe I can write the kind of songs that give strength and encouragement to the people who are out there doing the work to make this planet a better place. Those are the people I want to lift up with my music.”

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