Summertime in Dewey Beach means G. Love will be putting on his annual free concert at the Starboard, and at 9 p.m., Thursday, July 19, the sultry sounds of G's music will be in full effect. The opener starts at 8 p.m. The event is for those ages 21 and older, and space fills quickly.
G. Love is a beach-loving musician who loves the local crowd, and of course, the Starboard is the place to be for a good summer party. It's practically a match made in heaven. In anticipation of his arrival, G. Love gave some insight into his mind in a little question-and-answer session.
Q. Which beach in Delaware is your favorite?
A. Indian Beach is where I chill with my cousin, Tim Helmig. Hopefully we can get to surf, but if it's flat, look for me paddleboarding my lanky self out front.
Q. What is your favorite summer cocktail?
A. Ice cold beer in a can with my feet in the sand. Also a Negroni.
Q. What is one of the most memorable show moments you've ever had?
A. First time playing the Starboard was a blast. I had been at the Robert Randolph show at the Bottle & Cork the night before. After the show, we brought Robert to the Starboard for some beers and met Monty. Monty asked did I want to play that next afternoon. I said yes, and the night progressed. The next morning I was like, "Wait, did we book a show last night?" Indeed we did. I went to the music store for some strings and harmonicas and a harp rack. We didn't know what to expect, but when we got there, we must've had 1,000 people on the patio – it was slammed. The vibes were amazing and we must've played a couple hours until the sun went down. Now it's an annual thing!
Q. Is there a celebrity or musician you've met that left you in awe?
A. I've met so many of my idols and my peers along the road. I do get starstruck; I'm not gonna lie. The last person I met who blew me away was Buddy Guy. I opened for him in Reno and had the opportunity to sit with him in the back lounge of his tour bus for a minute. I asked him to sign my acoustic with this big fat graffiti paint pen, and he was laughing at the pen. He put a big orange tag on the side of my guitar and we talked about the blues.
Q. What was the most influential album for you, musically speaking?
A. John Hammond's "Country Blues" album changed my life. I learned the whole record and from there I learned the Delta blues.