Sauce Boss to dish out blues licks

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

“Gumbo is a melting pot…literally!” said Wharton. “As people, we’re all different, but when we sit at the table together, we make something good.”

Wharton has served over 190,000 bowls of gumbo in the last 24 years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Recent gigs have taken him to North Carolina and Washington DC and in the past he’s traveled extensively across the United States and Canada.

His gumbo has taken him many places he never imagined, including Roman amphitheaters and Napoleonic opera houses in France.

“I’ve played everywhere…from France, to Ireland, to a show in a Laundromat in Tallahassee,” said Wharton.

Where some musicians might use their days off on tour to get a little bit of rest and relaxation, Wharton visits area homeless shelters and performs for free while still spoonin’ up his trademark meal.

Nine years ago, he started the non-profit organization Planet Gumbo to raise awareness about homelessness, feed the needy and give hope and sustenance through music and the message of gumbo.

“It’s what I do to put energy back into the community,” said Wharton. “Some people can’t come to the shows, so I go to them.”

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