Hitting the Sauce

It’s strange to see what the promise of free food can do. Tasty grub on someone else’s dime can turn a happy hour spread into a feast of Thanksgiving-proportions, and it can make even the stiffest company wallflower show up ready to throw down at the holiday party (with Tupperware in-hand). For Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, the promise of free food for others has transferred into a career of cooking up slide guitar blues and spicy gumbo for the masses. To date, 140,000 full bellies have left a Wharton show. One famous parrot-head fan was even moved to write a song about it with the Wharton salute, “I Will Play for Gumbo.” At a Wharton show, everybody eats some of the master’s concoction. Witness the gumbo god live at Bamboo Room (25 South J St., Lake Worth). Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 561-585-2583, or visit www.bambooroomblues.com.
Fri., Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m., 2007
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