Life on Long Island
Where to catch G. Love
Whenever musician G. Love plays Long Island, the crowds always turn out – and his shows often sell out -- but with three local performances set for the remainder of the month, there are still opportunities to get tickets to a G. Love concert … for now.
There is temptation to refer to G. Love (AKA Garrett Dutton) as an “underground” artist, as his music -- while standing as a necessity for his fan base – also seems to simultaneously elude discovery by an equally sizable portion of the LI general populace.
For those unaware of his career, he (and his band “Special Sauce”) is best known for the 1994 song “Cold Beverage," which found heavy play on MTV during that year. Standing out with a unique sound that lies somewhere between acoustic blues and hip-hop, G. Love and Special Sauce have always maintained a presence on the mainstream music scene, even though “Beverage” is almost two decades old and the act has no real history of chart-topping success. (Most recently, the group has been touring with bands Cypress Hill and 311 as part of the “Unity Tour,” which played the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater back on July 13.)
However, while G. Love may not be a household name, his popularity is undeniable – at least for certain on Long Island, as he plays various venues on LI ever year, which usually fill to capacity. In fact, he'll be playing The Inn in Long Beach (943 W. Beech St., 516-432-9220) on Aug. 21 – but that show has sold out (although interested parties may consider attempting to buy tickets at the door the night of the show; expect to pay at least $25 if any availability remains).
Luckily, there are two more upcoming LI shows featuring the Philadelphia-based Dutton taking place before the summer is over (both sans Special Sauce; he'll be working solo), and admission to each (as of this writing) is still available. The first will take place at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett (161 Main St., 631-267-3117) on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m., with tickets on sale for $60 at stephentalkhouse.com – and the second, at Surf Lodge in Montauk (183 Edgemere St., 631-238-5216).
There is an interesting history between G. Love and Surf Lodge, as he was one of the first notable acts to perform there when the spot originally opened in 2008 – and at that time, Montauk was still mostly free of the controversial happenstances (large shows, overwhelmingly large crowds, parking snafus) that are now commonplace in the hamlet during the summer. G. Love’s first-ever show at Surf Lodge resulted in a (unsurprisingly) large response – and he has returned yearly, to equally tremendous turnouts – making his regular seasonal appearances at the Lodge into anticipated annual Hamptons happenings. This year, he'll be there at 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 – and since there is never a cover charge at the Surf Lodge – it is more than likely that, once again, G. Love will bring Islanders and Hamptonites alike out en masse to see him take the stage and sing.