With the help of his ragged funk-and-rhythm section, Special Sauce, G. Love reinvented the old school by merging the sensibilities and lyrical flows of folk-blues and hiphop. Rumors that Love has dismissed the old crew so he could assemble a bigger and better backing band are, according to his label, false. Regardless, the G-man will be kicking it alone tonight, which, considering the rhythmic exchanges that transpire between his guitar and his throat, shouldn’t make a huge difference on the dance floor. Eva Cassidy opens at 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10. (703) 549-5919.CP