"Best Local Band" - Phoenix Magazine

The Sugar Thieves are proud to have been voted "Best Local Band" by Phoenix Magazine!
"The Sugar Thieves .. alchemize blues, jazz, country, folk and other roots music traditions into a single foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, meat-shakin’ bowl of soul."
Check out the full article here

The Sugar Thieves on PBS!


The Sugar Thieves were recently featured on PBS' "Songwriters' Showcase" program, performing at Tempe Center for the arts. Check it out! Also, scroll down to see what they wrote about The Sugar Thieves in this month's Phoenix Magazine.



The September issue of Phoenix Magazine contains a great article about Jazz and Blues in Phoenix, including a great profile of the Sugar Thieves. Here's a quote:
"The fabric flower in Sugar Thieves singer Meridith Moore’s hair is fist-sized and blood-red. To someone standing behind the sea of shaking butts at the Rhythm Room on a frisky-hot Friday night, Moore’s flower looks like a human heart beating under bright stage lights. She tilts her head back and lets a soulful note go, evoking the sadness of Billie Holliday with the throaty strength of blues belter Koko Taylor. Her bandmates – dressed dapper in vests, ties, and smart black hats – create a blur of hands picking blue notes on guitar, plucking on upright bass strings, and pounding on piano keys. The Sugar Thieves’ slogan, “Arizona’s finest meat-shakin’ blues band,” makes metaphorical sense..."

Click here for the full article on Phoenixmag.com

Back in the USA!

Photo by Dan Petrosino

The Sugar Thieves are back from a fantastic tour in France. From the South in Cahors, to the West in La Rochelle, to the streets of Paris, the Thieves were welcomed with open arms and well received by all. Special thanks to Robert Mauriès in Cahors, to Cécile, Carlos, Olive, and Laurence at Electric Lotus, and to our extended family at the Schwa des Artistes. We are booked to return next year, and can't wait!

Our big announcement: Our guitar player Mikel Lander, and lead vocalist Meridith Moore are getting married in September!! On Oct. 5th the band will be celebrating in Tempe, AZ. at the Sail Inn. Many great bands, and top notch entertainment. Don't miss this one. The Sugar Thieves will perform at 10:30pm.

The Sugar Thieves are also pleased to announce that we will be releasing an acoustic album in early 2014, tentatively called "Sugar Thieves in the Raw". Please check out our calendar, here on the site, for an updated list of shows. We can't wait to see you soon!

Cahors Blues Festival 2013!

Cahors Blues Festival 2013

The Sugar Thieves are excited to announce that we will be performing at the Cahors Blues Festival in southern France this July 2013! We are currently booking other shows in France, Belgium, and beyond for July-August 2013. Please contact us if you know anyone in Europe who would like to shake their meat, or if you think you can help in any way. Thanks!


We were also recently featured in a TV show filmed at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ. Check out the video below:

The Sugar Thieves return to Phoenix

(photo by Reed Radcliffe)

Thanks to the support of our loving fans, the Sugar Thieves toured to Colorado, St. Louis, and Memphis, TN last week and competed in the International Blues Challenge. We brought home the People's Choice Award for our venue, and were semi-finalists in the all around competition. We created some serious buzz about Arizona's Meat Shakin' Blues Band, and performed at our best each night of the competition. We are happy to be back, but Beale Street hasn't seen the last of us.

Here's a video of us on the way, performing "Memphis Women" at the Blues City Deli in St. Louis, MO:


This Wednesday, February 13th, the Sugar Thieves will be recording live on The Recording Artist, a webcast filmed at Chaton Studios in Phoenix. Click the link to see the band recording a brand spankin' new tune LIVE at 7pm Arizona time (9pm Eastern), Wednesday February 13 2013.

Other upcoming performances include the MIM on Valentine's Day and the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on Saturday, February 16. Click "Shows" to see all our upcoming dates!

Tour Kick Off Show Friday 1/18! Then we're off to Memphis!

The Sugar Thieves performing at Tempe Center for the Arts

Please join us Friday, January 18 at the Rhythm Room, for our tour kick off show. Doors open at 7pm, and The Sugar Thieves hit the stage at 9:30pm. We head South this Saturday. We have shows in Flagstaff, Denver, Frisco, and St. Louis, on our way down to Memphis. Please check our calendar for tour details. If you would like to donate to our trip to Memphis, where we will represent Arizona in the International Blues Challenge (IBC), we would greatly appreciate your support. Simply click the donate button on our homepage. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far. You are the reason we are able to make the journey. See you this Friday.


Phoenix's Sugar Thieves headed to Memphis IBC 2013!

The Sugar Thieves at Phoenix Blues Showdown for IBC 2013. Photo by Bill Goodman.

The Sugar Thieves are proud to have been selected as the Phoenix Blues Society's representatives for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) 2013 in Memphis, TN!

The Sugar Thieves are raising money to get to Memphis to show the world what Arizona has to offer! Click the 'Donate' button on the right to help. You can also show your support by attending our benefit shows: December 21st at the Sail Inn in Tempe and December 28th at the Rhythm Room.

The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. The 2013 International Blues Challenge will be the 29th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 29th International Blues Challenge January 29-February 2, 2013 in Memphis, TN. In 2012, 119 bands and 86 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.



See you in Memphis!

Photo by Bill Goodman

New Sugar Thieves Album 'Plywood Palace'

Sugar Thieves Album Plywood Palace

Click here to get your copy and listen to previews of Plywood Palace.


The CD Release Party was a smashing success at the Rhythm Room! Thanks to everyone who came out, including the bass-playing bear. Here's a bootleg from the show, courtesy of Mr. Brian DaSilva:


As always, thanks to everyone for the support! We have some big things planned....

'Plywood Palace' CD Release - September 1st, 2012 at the Rhythm Room

The Sugar Thieves are releasing our fifth brand spankin' new album 'Plywood Palace' on Saturday, September 1st 2012! It's gonna be a great show! If you can't make it, the CD will also be available here, on Amazon, and on iTunes starting September 1st.

We've been working hard over the past six years to bring quality music and entertainment to anyone who will listen. Plywood Palace has a great selection of handmade songs, and also some good old covers from the 1930’s. You’ll hear sounds from the Delta, the Vaudeville Era, and New Orleans, and also flavors of Folk, Rock, and even a Country Waltz. No matter how you shake it, it’s all American music, and the nails with which to build our plywood palace. Buy 3: One for your house, one for your car, and one to loan to your friends!


The Sugar Thieves CD Release


The Rhythm Room
1019 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix AZ


Saturday Sept. 1st, 2012
Doors at 7pm.

New Sugar Thieves Promo Video!

Summer 2012



It's already heating up out in the deserts of Phoenix, AZ - and the Sugar Thieves are gearing up for a busy summer of writing, touring, and recording.


Highlights include the Glendale Blues Festival on Saturday, April 14th, and our new album this summer followed by shows in Las Vegas, Denver, Omaha, St. Louis, and more! Stay tuned for some serious sweetness-stealing!


For now, here's an interview with Meridith about the band's history:


Produced by Molly Pfister/Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Happy Holidays from the Sugar Thieves!

The Sugar Thieves are excited to announce their new album -- "How The Sugar Thieves Stole Christmas!"



Featuring 8 tracks of holiday joy to share with your friends and family this season. Click Here to listen to and download the album!

1. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
2. Pretty Paper
3. Silent Night
4. Baby It's Cold Outside
5. Greyhound to Nebraska
6. Santa Baby
7. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
8. Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis


Recorded and given the works at Electric Lotus Music in Phoenix, AZ.



Also, it's not too late to see and hear the Sugar Thieves perform for Luminaria at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. It's a beautiful event where the garden is lit by more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and 10 musical groups perform nightly. Check out the Sugar Thieves there December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.



As a special holiday gift, here's a fun track from the album: Baby It's Cold Outside!

Baby it's Cold Outside from 'How the Sugar Thieves Stole Christmas!'

Happy holidays everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!

The Sugar Thieves every Wednesday at Copper Blues

Hey folks! We just returned to the Phoenix heat from a long summer of traveling and sharing the sweetness we've been stealing all over the US, capping it off with a 3-day run at the Telluride Blues and Brews festival. Now that we're back to our desert home, we're excited to announce a new Phoenix residency!

The Sugar Thieves are now appearing Every Wednesday night at Copper Blues in Phoenix Cityscape (on Central and Jefferson). The band starts at 6:30PM, and as is our tradition for Wednesday nights, it is a Swing-Dance friendly event with a lesson at 7:15. No cover, no partner required, great food, great drinks, great atmosphere, great people, and the Sugar Thieves playing some down-home, meat-shakin' blues.

Check our calendar for more local and road events, and have fun stealing some sugar of your own! Thanks!

Sugar Thieves CD now available!

Our CD Release was a grand happening this past Wednesday at the Sail Inn. Special Thanks to Banana Gun, the Insects, Dry River Yacht Club, Strange Young Things, and What Laura for making it a real barn burner!

The New album is now available for Mail-Order and for Download at CD Baby and also on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

We're looking forward to our next travels and adventures, including Jazz on the Green in Omaha in July, and the Telluride Blues and Brews festival in September. Thanks to all the meat-shakers out there, keep on shakin' it!

Sugar Thieves CD Release Party - June 22, 2011 at Sail Inn!

The Sugar Thieves CD Release

The Sugar Thieves CD release party is taking place at the Sail Inn on Wednesday, June 22. The party will start at 8pm, and $10 at the door gets you a brand spankin' new, all original, full length Sugar Thieves album.

What Laura Says at 8pm
Banana Gun at 9pm
The Insects at 10pm
The Sugar Thieves at 10:30
Dry River Yacht Club at 11:30
Strange Young Things at 12:30

More info is available at the Facebook Event.
If you can't attend, the album is also available for mail-order and for download at CD Baby.

We hope to see you there!

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