If you haven’t heard of The Sugar Thieves, you had best listen up because this group is on its way to big things! The Sugar Thieves came together approximately four years ago and have been shaken things up around the local Phoenix scene ever since. For three years in a row they have won The Arizona Blues Competition, (put on the Phoenix Blues Society), voted best new band by Phoenix New Times, and placed in the top five at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. At this International level, they were voted one of the top ten un-signed bands in the world.
Meridith Moore (lead vocals) graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communications. The music industry almost suffered a great loss, when told by an “opera” trained instructor that she didn’t have talent. . Her sultry voice could easily be compared to the likes of, Etta James, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, and Mildred Bailey to name a few. Meridith’s activist involvement with ASU, lead her to straight back to her love of music. The forming of The Sugar Thieves began when she encountered Mikel Lander.
Mikel Lander (Guitar, Vocals) active in the local music scene, meet Meridith and they decided to form a duet, called the Mikel Lander and Meridith Moore acoustic band. Mikel’s guitar playing almost reminds one of the B.B. King days which walks you right back into the tradition of the Blues. His voice is the epitome of what the original Blues was built on, raspy and singing from the soul. This is one talented cat! Performing together locally, it wasn’t long before a few elite joined this righteous duo. It was Shea Marshall that has indeed allowed this group to expand their popularity like wildfire.
Shea Marshall (Sax, Keyboard, Harmonica) as Meridith says, “can play everything but the kitchen sink”, is what one would refer to as a music savant. Shea nicknamed……(Ah, check into the Flamin Mamie Song) which will go unsaid, delights band gathering fans by playing two to three instruments’ at a time. Shea is an active music player throughout the valley, and guest appears with other local bands. Being an instructor at The Desert Ridge Academy for Music, he keeps plenty busy. With talent like his, who wouldn’t?
The assemblage round up includes the like of Dave Libman (Drums) and Jeff Naylor (Upright bass). Jeff originally set out in college to become a music major, but ended up being an electrical engineer instead. He is the proud father of a new son, and feels fortunate to have the wife that he does. He is known as one of the best musical repair shops in the western region MTroniks. As for Dave “Creamy” Libman, he so eloquently states on his myspace ….”I like to play Drums”!
You can check out The Sugar Thieves regularly at the Sail Inn on Wednesday’s or the special performance with JUNK at Dave and Buster’s, Saturday, May 22nd for an intriguing venue! Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.