PRESS RELEASE: Portland Rock ‘N’ Roll Announces Headliner

G.Love to Headline  Portland Rock 'N' Roll

G.Love to Headline Portland Rock ‘N’ Roll

G. Love & Special Sauce to Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland

  • Race set to return on Sunday, May 18; Register online at
  • Concert to take place at Waterfront Park, free and open to the public

Portland, OR – Feb. 10, 2014 – The bluesy, swaggering sound of G. Love, aka Garret Dutton, has earned him hit songs and passionate fans around the world and on Sunday, May 18, he’ll perform for more than 10,000 runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon.

G. Love & Special Sauce is known for knee-jerking, harmonica laden performances interlaced with hip  hop flavor and a heavy blues influence. He’s performed and recorded alongside Jack Johnson, and has a wealth of  well known hits like Baby’s Got Sauce and Sunshine in addition to songs from his most recent collection, “Fixin’ to Die.” His fifth solo album, “Sugar,” is set to release in April.

“G. Love’s familiarity with fans and energetic live shows are a perfect mix to bring race day to a celebratory end,” said Alex Bennett, event director. “We’re excited to have him and we know our runners will enjoy the post-race concert, along with another successful race day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.”

The performance will take place at Waterfront Park, where the race will finish after touring through scenic Portland. Runners will start on Naito Parkway downtown, running along the serene waterfront, heading into East Portland via the Hawthorne Bridge, alongside Laurelhurst Park and across the iconic Steel Bridge before returning downtown to the park. The concert is free and open to the public.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland mixes music and entertainment with running, staging live, local bands every mile of the course. Cheerleaders and themed water stations will round out the experience, along with motivating spectators and a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Runners of all abilities are encouraged to register

Portland Rock 'N' Roll 2014 Logo

Portland Rock ‘N’ Roll 2014 Logo

The Health & Fitness Expo will kickoff event weekend on Friday, May 16 at the Oregon Convention Center. The expo is free and open to the public featuring the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, as well as a series of interactive fitness clinics.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit

About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon

A Competitor event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014. Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Oregon Convention Center. The free expo is open to the public and features more than one hundred fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with a finish line celebration and headliner concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. For more information, please visit or follow us on twitter @RunRocknRoll.

About the Portland Rose Festival

Portland’s Official Festival, the Rose Festival is one of the world’s top special events, famous for three weeks of popular activities, including three parades and a major urban fair and carnival in downtown Portland. Established in 1907, the Rose Festival is produced by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of local business leaders and volunteers. Named the Best Event in the World in 2007 and again in 2011, the Rose Festival attracts 2 million people annually with a $75.5 million impact to the local economy. Further information about the Rose Festival can be found at

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