The Sauce Boss plays and cooks in Bradenton

He'll play down-home blues and cook down-home gumbo on stage at Aces

June 26, 2014 

The Sauce Boss will be cooking up his famous gumbo. PUBLICITY PHOTO

He serves up some down-home Florida blues along with his down-home Florida food.

The Sauce Boss sings gritty blues straight out of the Florida swamps, and plays a wicked slide guitar with his 1953 Telecaster pushed through a 1948 fender amp.

It's the kind of authentic old-school blues, as one critic noted, that inspired the music of latter-day blues-based rock bands such as Led Zeppelin.

He doesn't need a gimmick, but he's got a great one: During his set, the Sauce Boss cooks, on stage, a huge pot of gumbo, and by the time the evening is over, everyone in the audience gets to try it.

The Sauce Boss (whose real name, Bill Wharton, is much less evocative) plays Friday at Aces Live in Bradenton.

His music gets raves from music critics, and food critics are just as enthusiastic about his gumbo, which he spices up with his own Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

Together, his music and his gumbo are an unbeatable combination. His distinctive shows have even gotten him mentioned in a Jimmy Buffett song.

Ticket sare only $8, which is pretty good for dinner and a show.

Details: 9 p.m. June 27, Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show. Information: 941-795-3886,

-- Marty Clear

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