Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: G Love & Special Sauce at Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, NYC, 10.26.11 – The first time I saw, or even heard of, G Love was back when he opened for Blues Traveler at Roseland in either 1994-1995, and I was hooked.  There’s nothing showy about G Love.  They are the perfect “chilling out” music, like sitting by the pool on a hot Saturday summer afternoon.  His most recent release was produced by the Avett Brothers and focuses much more on the blues that the hip-hop, but keeps that summer vibe.

This was a pretty straight forward shoot and one that I was probably more excited about because I like the artist then it was because it was going to be a good shoot.  G Love spent the first 3 songs sitting on a stool behind a microphone with an acoustic guitar.  Not much interesting you can do with that.  The lighting at Irving Plaza stinks.  I was fooled to think it may be good after I shot The Damned there a few days earlier.  Lots of reds and blues this time.  And, of course, once we left the pit the lighting got better and G Love spent some time wandering around the stage.

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