Sugarhood Sound is Back!
Brian Thurber is no longer living at Sugarhood Sound, but the new tenants Page and Sara are gracious enough to host a few backyard concerts throughout the summer. Anyone is welcome. Bring a picnic, bring a blanket or camp chairs, bring your kids, bring your dog. Or not.
We’ll be adding dates to the calendar throughout the summer. Check back soon to stay up to date or follow our facebook page for more information.
Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff
April 21st, 2018
For this place-based performance Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff weave together old-time fiddle tunes with original songwriting to access the timelessness of human emotions and unearth the living folklore of Gunnison Valley’s history. With their roots in Nashville and their new musical branches in the Colorado Rockies, Sophia and Lizzy draw upon Americana traditions such as Old-time, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and the Blues to create a feel good experience full of expression!
After landing in Crested Butte, CO in 2016, Sophia received a grant to write songs for the Gunnison Valley community, it’s history, the legacy of miners, women and other inhabitants whose paths brought them to this remote high-elevation home. Interviewing old-timers and imagining the scenes of the 1800’s lead Sophia to compose a series of songs, which she needed Lizzy, Crested Butte fiddler and songwriter, to help to complete. The result was “Folk Songs of the Valley” – performed twice in Crested Butte for the community and recorded live in 2018. This project has launched the ladies onto journey to fuse the historic perspectives with their own stories as present-day valley-dwellers. The beauty of the West Elk Mountains is the biggest inspiration for their music, with tunes that speak to the sage-brush hills, snowy peaks and the real, everyday mountain-town living. Letting harmony ring with body percussion, exuberant fiddling, and fingerpicking guitar, this music walks the line between tradition and unique composition.
Sarah Anne DeGraw & The Odd Jobs with Josaleigh Pollett
May 19th, 2018
You don’t expect what you get when Sarah Anne DeGraw takes the stage for a set. She defies standards of industry that allure most artists to genre specific whirlpools today, and some stutter to answer the question of what to tie her to. The songs are powerful and her voice with soulful grit and a dark charisma, tells tales of struggle, passion, and a deep yearning for the road.
Like The Family Von Trapp, Sarah was born into a traveling band. By age five she was singing in five-part harmony with her siblings and mother touring across the country. At age seven she would receive her first instrument: the Cello, and with it came the only formal training she would experience in her musical life to date. Piano came naturally as there were always keys in the home growing up. In 2010 she met the strings of a guitar and is quoted as saying, “It was like the lock in the strings had found the key in my fingers.”
From 2012 to 2015 she put her solo project on the back burner and participated in a number of projects including studio work where she wrote and recorded vocal harmonies for several albums produced out of Salt Lake City, UT. She performed on a television series that was happened upon by a talent manager from “The Voice” who later contacted her to audition for the show. In the spring of 2015 she was asked to play the drums and sing with SLC band, Crook & the Bluff whom she toured and performed with until the fall of 2016.
With her sultry, pitch perfect voice seamlessly interplaying her fingers on the fret board, she’ll take you by surprise as the rhythm and lead guitar strut simultaneously together from only six strings. Sarah Anne DeGraw creates a riptide effect in venues with a genre only she can bring. Missing it would be a cryin’ shame.
There is no cost for admission to these performances. We do ask a $10 suggested donation. Please come even if you can’t afford to donate!