The Sauce Boss | Adv Tickets $25 / $32 at door
Bill Wharton is a powerhouse entertainer, mixing his Bluesy slide guitar and soulful voice into an unforgettable, high energy show. His very own hot sauce spices up a big pot of gumbo while he spices up the show with his own original Blues. It’s a soul-shouting picnic of Rock and Roll brotherhood, with the audience stirring the pot, and at the end of the show, everyone eats. All across the US, into Canada, Europe and Asia, he has served hundreds of thousands of people for free at his legendary live shows. Bill Wharton mixes media like cornbread in his performance. Hot sauce, blues, chicken, funk, onions and okra, peppers and gospel, soul and seafood. . . and slide guitar, all go into the gumbo pot that we call community. All of this is the reason they call him The Sauce Boss.
Jimmy Buffett sings about him in “I Will Play for Gumbo”. Wharton’s anthem, “Let the Big Dog Eat” was included on Buffett’s “Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” album. Albert Castiglia released his cover of the tune, and it hit #1 on blues charts. Let the Big Dog Eat has also appeared in the movies “Something Wild” (Jonathon Demme), and the Rock Doc, “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President.” This tune and sixteen other works in the documentary earned Wharton “‘Best Original Score” from the Los Angeles Film Awards.