"The Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton will be at The Grand on July 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAUCE BOSS

‘Sauce Boss’ to cook blues, gumbo at The Grand

ELLSWORTH — Musician, storyteller and gumbo chef Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his unique concert-cooking show, which includes free shrimp gumbo for the audience, to The Grand on Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Wharton brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and he cooks a big pot of gumbo while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s added some new flavors to the stew. Wharton not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo and feeds everybody, he also plays a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”

With his homegrown storytelling and natural-born guitar talent, Wharton righteously sings the blues. He gives the feeling that can only come from a life lived in the eye of the storm. He has weathered more than his share of hurricanes, sunburn and mosquitoes – and he’s got the chops to prove it. He has taken his blues and a huge pot of gumbo to the disaster zones of the Mississippi delta and to homeless shelters across America – where he’s fed war veterans, hurricane survivors and plenty of other regular folks who come for music but leave with much more. The Sauce Boss offers up sustenance and redemption in the form of music, food, and above all, the love of the brotherhood of man.

General admission tickets cost $15 ($10 for youths 12 and under) and are now on sale from the box office, by phone at 667-9500 and at www.grandonline.org.

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The Grand and The Sauce Boss would like to thank Maine Shellfish Company Inc. for donating seafood for this event.

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