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Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Adam Topol
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Merlo Podlewski
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Zach Gill
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Jack Johnson • G. Love & Special Sauce • ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
G. Love & Special Sauce
Susquehanna Bank Center • Camden, NJ • Sunday, July 11th 2010

        Up first for this triple-billed event was ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), a group currently signed on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records label. They've released three albums, several EP's, and some independent albums. Ironically, their vocalist/keyboard player, Zach Gill, also plays keyboards in Jack Johnson's band. They had a short set, but played a variety of their music that I enjoyed. For more on them go to www.alomusic.com
        Next up was G. Love & Special Sauce. I knew something was up when I saw only an acoustic guitar and a keyboard onstage. G. Love walked out alone and played a 35-minute solo set. Since it was billed as G. Love & Special Sauce, I'm really not sure what happened to his band that night ... maybe the Sauce got spread on the cheesesteaks out in the concession area. He opened with "I Like Cold Beverages" and ran through most of his hits, playing a few from his latest release, 2008's "Superhero Brother." I couldn't find a website for him so for more info you'll have to Google!
        As Jack Johnson's band hit the stage, opening with "You and Your Heart", the hit single to his latest release To The Sea, the stage was, unfortunately, poorly lit throughout the show. Sometimes I just don't get the major productions that I've grown used to. However, there was a gigantic rectangular-curved video screen that showed mostly band member photos - some in color, some in black and white - as well as video clips of, you guessed it - water and waves. Johnson alternated between electric and acoustic guitars throughout the show. Up next was "If I Had Eyes," "Taylor" and "From The Clouds" before he played a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" ... as that familiar aroma waffled through the air once again ... how appropriate as he sang the line, "I'm a midnight toker". I give the guy credit; he doesn't talk much to the crowd, he just plays song after song after song! Next was "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," "To The Sea," "Bubble Toes," "Flake," his breakthrough hit, then "Banana Pancakes," "Same Girl," and then he stopped to tell the audience that one was for his Dad and next up would be one for his newborn daughter, aptly titled "My Little Girl." He was then joined by Hawaiian singer, Paula Fuga, who helped him on "Turn Your Love." She played ukulele and sang along with Johnson on her song, "Country Road." For "Breakdown," opening band ALO's Dan LeBowitz, played a groovy acoustic guitar solo. Next, Johnson invited G. Love (now I'm hungry thinking about cheesesteaks with Special Sauce) to play with him on "Rodeo Clowns" and "Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology" where he got overwhelming applause from the audience. Then to round out his first set of the night was "Staple It Together" "Good People" and "At Or With Me."  After a short intermission Johnson returned alone to play two solo acoustic songs, "Do You Remember" and "Angel" before inviting his band back out to play "Constellations." Then he invited the other members of ALO and G. Love to close the show with "Better Together" with the crowd singing and swaying to the hypnotic rhythm.
        I have to give Johnson another nod. He does some pretty impressive stuff. He records in solar-powered studios and runs a record label, Brushfire, dedicated to using sustainable resources; he collaborates with nonprofits while on tour and donates tour profits to environmentalists and arts education; his tour vehicles use bio diesel fuel; he encourages recycling, donating carbon offsets, and ride sharing to his concerts, where in Camden, any car with four or more occupants parks for free. That's a great deal, considering parking there is $20-25 per car. Glad I know Charlie at the lot I park on! Also, any bottled water purchased in the venue got a free refill - at $4.50 apiece, that's a bonus. So my hat really goes off to this guy. I only wish more musicians were in it for more than just the money. It was a great show and I'd see his show again in a minute. He's finished  touring the area, but if he comes back around, go if you can. For more info, go to www.jackjohnsonmusic.com - and to view more pictures of this concert go to www.coconuttimes.com
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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