Arizona's Sugar and the Mint Sweeps Telluride Festival! This June, at the internationally acclaimed 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Prescott's own Sugar and the Mint swept First Place in the Festival's 2017 Band Contest. Sugar and the Mint competed against 11 bands from across the nation; The Lonesome Days of Denver came in 2nd, Meadow Mountain also of Denver scored a 3rd Place, and The Wooks of Lexington, Kentucky, marked 4th Place.
Former winners of the Telluride Band Contest include recording artists the Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass. This year the first-placed Sugar and the Mint shared the main stage with the likes of Norah Jones, the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Hot Rize, and Sarah Jarosz. Another accolade: Sugar and the Mint is the first confirmed act for the 45th Telluride Bluegrass Festival's main stage in 2018.
Sugar and the Mint is one of the youngest bands to win in the history of the Telluride
Contest. The band is comprised of six amazing musicians, aged 17 to 20, listed from oldest
Matt Tatum (mandolin, vocals)
Johan Glidden (lead vocals, guitar, fiddle)
Jason Howard (upright bass, vocals)
Glory Glidden (fiddle, vocals)
Keenan Hammack (guitar, vocals)
Kiva Rain Keith (lead vocals, cello, fiddle)
To date, Sugar and the Mint's First Place honors include:
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO, 2017, Pickin' in the Pines Acoustic Music Festival, Flagstafl AZ, 2016, Wickenberg Arizona Bluegrass Festival, Gospel Contest, 20t6
You may have seen the six-member band at any number of festivals. In the past year, Sugar and the Mint has played at the Ogden Music Festival (UT), Prescott Bluegrass Festival (Prescott, AZ), Pickin'in the Pines (Flagstaff, AZ), the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival (Casa Grande, AZ), and the Tres Rios Festival in the Phoenix area.
Grape Flavored,Sugar and the Mint's debut album, is out now. The album may be purchased locally at the Peregrine Book Company and Raven Cafe in Prescott, Arizona, or online at www.sugarandthemint.com (downloads available on CDbaby, spotify, and iTunes). The band's contacts are: firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/sugarandthemint, (928)710-5457 and (928)830-6360.
Sugar & the Mint got their start (as a band) with The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona in February 2011. Students were, initially, chosen by audition and formed as a youth cultural music conservatory group. In 2014, Sugar and the Mint (Generation) parted ways with Sharlot Hall Museum, (after the program lost funding) and ventured out on its own. They have since become a professional and dynamic young musical group. They play a blend of new old-time, contemporary bluegrass and indie-folk music.
They are frequently employed to play music at festivals, private parties, weddings, fund raising events, local school events, local eateries, art galleries, and church events.
Sugar & the Mint is a member of the Arizona Bluegrass Association.
Stay informed of new events, here on their website, or follow them on Facebook: (www.facebook.com/sugarandthemint) for instant updates!
Phone: 928-830-1726 or 928-848-6465