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Bill Wharton. Photo courtesy of Bill Wharton.
Bill Wharton stirs up fun next Thursday at Offshore Ale in O.B. Photo courtesy of Bill Wharton.

Hot music and gumbo

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - September 14, 2006

Is he a musician? Is he a great gumbo chef? Is he trying to change the planet? All of the above, actually.

Bill Wharton will bring his signature sound and gumbo pot to the Offshore Ale Company in Oak Bluffs on Thursday, Sept. 21. While the show cooks, so does the gumbo, right on stage. After the last number, the audience shares the gumbo. What fun!

Mr. Wharton, a.k.a. "The Sauce Boss," plays a scorching electric slide guitar, leading his band called - what else? - the Ingredients, in original material and some cover tunes.

The Sauce Boss hails from Monticello, Fla., where he operated a hot sauce company called Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. He plays more than 100 gigs per year, feeding thousands his gumbo. Perhaps you caught his act on television? He has appeared on CNN, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Early Show, the Food Network, to name a few. True Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffet fans) will recognize The Sauce Boss from Buffet's song "I Will Play For Gumbo." Kid Rock also celebrated The Sauce Boss in song.

Gumbo grows to planet size

What many people don't know about The Sauce Boss is his work with the homeless and the hungry in our nation. In November of 2002, Mr. Wharton brought his act, stock pot and all, to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Orlando, Fla. The response to the show was life-changing for The Sauce Boss. He started Planet Gumbo, a non-profit organization whose mission is simple, to help folks in need. His show and gumbo have fed hundreds of thousands of people in shelters and soup kitchens since 2002, and the Planet Gumbo movement is growing.

See, hear, and taste what The Sauce Boss is all about.

The Sauce Boss in concert, Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 pm, Offshore Ale, Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Tickets, $10, available at the door. For more information, visit www.sauceboss.com or www.planetgumbo.org.