G. Love & Special Sauce was given a 4 p.m. start time on the main Boardwalk Stage, but with his South Jersey and Philadelphia following, he could have easily been slotted later.
With a bluesy, alternative hip-hop sound, G. Love opened with the song “Milk and Sugar,” from his newest CD released earlier this year.
“It’s a beautiful day. Let’s go surfing after the set. I will meet you down by the pier,” G. Love said from the stage.
After finishing a version of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” G. Love let the crowd know, “I’m buying drinks. I hit it big last night.”
The sounds of Mariachi El Bronx drifted over from the Pacific Stage when G. Love and his three-piece band was not playing, giving the crowd a taste of what it was missing.
G. Love showed off his musical range during his 60 minutes on stage. A new song, “Fixin’ To Die,” was more of a straight-bluesy R&B song while he also took the audience back on a trip to the sounds of 1990s college radio with his first single— “Cold Beverage” — from 1994.
“It’s good to be back home y’all. ... I was living in Avalon back in the day,” said G. Love, who asked what’s up Avalon, Ocean City and Philadelphia among other cities. “What’s up Atlantic City? Does anybody live in this joint?”
The best song of G. Love’s set was a girl-chasing song named “The Booty Call.” He asked the crowd if they wanted to hear the clean version or the dirty version. Of course, the roar went up for the more risque rendition.
G. Love didn’t leave the stage until he did some freestyle rapping, mentioning the Atlantic City Expressway and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
"I got the sunshine in my eye. I'm going to smoke some weed after my set," said G. Love before he played one of his better tunes and one of the final songs of his set, "Can't Go Back To Jersey."