It was just before seven on a Saturday night at the Elks Theater and people had been steadily streaming in for the past thirty minutes. Nearly all 487 seats were already full for the sold-out show. At 7:00 PM the audience cheered as the five members of Sugar and the Mint took the stage and strummed out the notes of their opening song, 'Where Do We Go?”
Sugar and the Mint has been an extremely popular local bluegrass band with a strong following of loyal fans but every show they perform, new fans are made. One such couple was experiencing their first show of the band and said they’d wanted to go to a show the year before but it had been sold out, they had to know the hype. They later said they could see why this award winning band is so popular and were now fans themselves.
Fans of Saturday night’s show were treated to many of the tried and true popular favorites of Greenback Dollar, Grape Flavored, and Where Do We Go? but they were also treated to songs that were never before heard by an audience. The band performed brand new song, Bellagio and in the second set they played the entire list of songs on their brand new CD Take Me With You. It was an amazing night to be experienced by all ages of people.
Before the show, during intermission, and even after the show, fans packed into the lobby to pick up a copy of the new CD or grab a band shirt to take home with pleasant memories of a fantastic show. Before the evening ended, the band proudly announced that a large portion of the proceeds from that night’s show would be going back into the Elks Theater music education program.
Sugar and the Mint’s five members perform amazing shows in all types of venues and have a following of long time loyal fans as well as new fans. Wherever they perform, the audience is guaranteed to have a wonderful time. If you ever get the opportunity to catch this group, snag those tickets early. You’ll be glad you did!