Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton

Legendary performer Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his Florida slide guitar blues, gumbo and his own hot sauce to every multi-sensory performance. Sauce Boss will be a powerhouse of energy with his one-man band on the stage of the Ashe Civic Center Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. His show includes a culinary demonstration with audience stirring and sampling the gumbo.

Florida swamp-funk slide guitarist Wharton has been a musician for more than a half a century. At his 1989 New Years Eve gig, Sauce Boss splashed a bottle of his Liquid Summer Hot Sauce into a huge pot of simmering gumbo, feeding the entire audience. The rest is history: 200,000 bowls later, he’s still feeding the masses for free at his shows. The Sauce Boss show is picnic of bluesy, rock and roll and soulful music.

One morning in the early ‘70s, the Sauce Boss walked out of his house and found a 1933 vintage National Steel guitar in his front yard. That lead him down the Blues path. Deep in the shed, he penned “Let the Big Dog Eat.” That Sauce Boss anthem was just on the top of the Roots Blues Charts for 12 weeks in 2016 with Albert Castiglia’s cover. The tune is also in Jonathan Demme’s movie “Something Wild” and on Jimmy Buffett’s “Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” album.

AARP’s syndicated TV show, “My Generation” came to St Louis to do a feature story on the Sauce Boss, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” have both covered the Sauce Boss. CNN and EXTRA sent film crews to New York City Sauce Boss extravaganzas, The Food Network’s series “Extreme Cuisine” visited the Sauce Boss on location in New York and another Food Network series “Keith Famie’s Adventures” filmed a Sauce Boss show in Miami. The Sauce Boss is the only personality that’s been featured in “Living Blues,” “GQ” and “Gourmet Magazine.”

Sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, Sauce Boss tickets are $22 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling (336) 846-2787. Tickets will be available at the door on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center. For more information please call (336) 846-2787.

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