Tonight! G. Love & Special Sauce at Culture Room

Just like the stuff they put in hot dogs, you're probably better off not knowing what makes "special" sauce so special. On the other hand, G. Love & Special Sauce have been brewing their lip-smacking concoction for more than a decade now, and they've got the recipe down pat -- equal

parts soul, funk, hip-hop, and blues simmered over a seriously

laid-back vibe.

That recipe earned them a steady cult following that has grown since the

band's self-titled debut in '94. G. Love & Special Sauce's most

recent U.S. release, 2008's upbeat and light Superhero Brother --

they dropped Long Way Down in 2009, but only in Australia and New

Zealand -- isn't music for brooding fans of gloom and doom, while

never departing from the band's essence. Like "Cold Beverage" says, kick

back and have a cold one. And that's just the recommended way to see

them at Culture Room this week.

G. Love & Special Sauce,

with Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, 8

p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway,

Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25. 800-745-3000; click here.

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Christopher Lopez