Over the last few years Sugarcane has evolved into one of the top Bluegrass Rock bands on the West Coast and is showing no signs of slowing down. The sound is a sweet mix of Country, Caribbean, Blues and Bluegrass. In 2007, Sugarcane grew out of the friendship between BigE and Derek Hofbauer, as they began to meet on Monday nights to play for fun. Not too long after this began, BigE met the ultra talented Stefan Andrews, who lent another voice and guitar to the mix. So it began, the trio started touring with BigE, and on the road one day heading towards Moscow, ID, the name was born. From then on, the Trio was called the Sugarcane Stringband. But, as time went on, Noah Bell, an accomplished Portland guitarist also started joining in on local gigs and coming over to play on Mondays, and yet another layer of sound was formed. The boys were getting a great response from local crowds but still had no drums or bass player. Then, one day at a festival in rural Oregon, their was a power failure and Sugarcane was the only Acoustic based band on site, so, they were joined by a Drummer and Stand-up Bass player to help thicken the sound. From that day, there has been some interchanging of players over the years but that was the day, Sugarcane was born. Noah Bell moved to Telecaster, and suddenly they were a rock band. The sound is still very much grown from Bluegrass Roots, but the boys love of beach life and genealogy lead them back to rural southern tones as well. So, what you get is at times almost a Gospel-esque, Bluegrassy, Island flair. The band is accessible, and a strong lyrical prowess sets them apart from most others. So, as the group settles into its current lineup with Justin Fulbright on Drums and Josh Casey on the Bass, the sound is better than ever and response from the crowds is undeniable. The sky is the limit for Sugarcane. They are a fine group of gentlemen and a very solid band. Come, see and hear for yourself!
Groups:The band has played with Willie Nelson, Leftover Salmon, Cracker, Emmit Nershi Band, The Spin Doctors, Melvin Seals & JGB, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Assembly of Dust, Poor Man's Whiskey, Cashed Out and many more.
Venues: The Roseland Theater (Portland, OR), Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR), Dante’s (Portland, OR), Mt. Hood Meadows (MT. Hood, OR), The Goodfoot Lounge (Portland, OR), Mt. Tabor Theater (Portland, OR), The Secret Society Ballroom (Portland, OR), The Grand Lodge (Forest Grove, OR), The Kennedy School (Portland, OR), The Hardrock Café and Charlie’s (Maui), The Linen Room (Boise, ID), The Top Hat (Missoula, MT), The Milk Bar (San Francisco, CA) , Himmel Haus (Tahoe, CA)
Festivals: North West String Summit and String Cheese Incident (North Plains, OR) , Hangtown Halloween Ball (Placerville,CA), Mt. Stomp (Tidewater, OR), 4 Peaks (OR), Love Your Mother (LoLo, MT) McCall Winter Fest (McCall,ID), Moscow Hemp Fest (Moscow, ID).
Radio: 90.7 KBOO (Portland, OR), 98.1 KPSU (Portland, OR), 98.7 KUPL (Portland, OR)
Television: Oregon Music Live (Porltand, OR)
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