Friday, March 21, 2014

15 Mar 14

Is everyone drunk yet?" ~ Brian

Irish eyes were definitely smiling today, blogspot readers ...and it was only noon! Today, SouthSide took an early “night” out on the town to see the river dyed in its finest green colour before having a saucy time with her friends, The Hot Sauce Committee. This local tribute band has become wildly known near and far for rockin’ venues with those lovable party/dance songs from the 80s, 90s and today. They'll turn any party into a hot saucy party wherever they roam. And it was no different at River North’s The Grid where these quintet of musicians - Serv (vocals), Brian (guitar/vocals), Nick (bass), Danger Russ (drums) and DJ Kevin recently rocked this sports bar during its St Paddy’s Day festivities, blogspot readers.

After opening the first half of their performance with 2Pac’s “California Love” and The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, The Hot Sauce Committee got this St. Paddy’s Day party off to a rockin’ start with funky dance moves in which inspired others to bust a move (or two) on the dance floor as well. Just because they cover popular party tunes, blogspot readers, it doesn’t mean they skimp the original lyrics or music. So don’t expect them to flub on lyrics or miss a beat. Everything The Committee performs is tight and well rehearsed (including to censored beep heard during “Slim Shady”). Plus, to spice things up at their shows, the band might sneak in a verse  (for example Eminem’s “Slim Shady” during the middle of “Rapper’s Delight”) or group a montage of songs together ( for example Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” to Salt-n-Peppa’s “Push It” to Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Ice Baby” to Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane” song mix) to keep their parties very saucy and fun for everyone ...even on a Saturday afternoon – that’s how they do it, blogspot readers.

From Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” to Bell, Biv & Debov’s “Poison” as well as 69 Boyz’s “Tootsee Roll”, The Hot Sauce Committee definitely had the dance floor hopping and grooving song after song. And the momentum wasn’t contained to those dancing wildly around this reviewer but also in other areas around the main floor of The Grid. Couples ...groups ...even the guy portraying the leprechaun on stilts was digging the saucy beat. There was a couple doing ballroom dancing near the stage area. Still everyone has way too fun that it was getting very hot in here. Besides dancing, attendees in their finest green were photobombing each other or trying to do their best twerking move to Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back” and Lou Bega’s “Mambo No. 5”. Rock fans, not worry – The Hot Sauce Committee covered your favorites too with a music mix featuring Run DMC (with Aerosmith) “Walk This Way”, Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Guns-n-Roses “Paradise City” in between surfer rock and Tone Loc’s “Wild Thang”. As usual, Brian got a little sweet with the ladies ...he’s such a charmer, blogspot readers.

Now it’s time for Brian to preach to the crowd about having faith which leads straight into the George Michael song featuring some sexy butt-shaking action, blogspot readers. It wasn’t like the original composition but more of an upbeat tempo to keep things jumpin’ inside The Grid. With a party like this, there will be moments when it might get crazy ...a bit rowdy due to drunken dancing near the stage. So do be careful. Singing along with The Hot Sauce Committee is strongly encouraged especially when the band performs Sublime “What I Got” and Eninem’s “Slim Shady” songs.

Whew – what fun, blogspot readers ...and that was merely the first set! SouthSide highly recommends snagging The Hot Sauce Committee to make your next party a saucy one. For more information, visit
Until next time, support your local scene,

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