The Stone Sugar Shakedown

The Stone Sugar Shakedown

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The Stone Sugar Shakedown is united by a love of musical exploration, improvisation, & getting soulfully nasty.


The Stone Sugar Shakedown, a 5-piece Funk, Rock, Jam band from Saint Louis, Missouri, was united by a love of musical exploration, improvisation, & getting soulfully nasty.

The group’s sound involves consistent interplay between instruments and the musical chemistry of its members. There is a constant balance of form and flow, structure and spontaneity, stone and sugar.

Each show is a unique experience, catered to the atmosphere, and fueled by the music of Ryan Benthall (bass), Nick Elwood (guitar/vocals), Tracy Gladden (vocals/percussion), Keith Vinyard (guitar), and Ben Walters (drums).

Since Fall 2009, The Shakedown has played a great deal of shows and festivals around the Midwest including Camp Zoe’s Schwagstock, and the 10th anniversary Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, and has shared the ticket with bands like: Dumpstaphunk, Victor Wooten, Cornmeal, Whitewater Ramble, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Steel Pulse, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Yonder Mountain String Band, Papadosio, The Avett Brothers, The Schwag, Melvin Seals & JGB, and Zappa Plays Zappa.

Everyone could enjoy The Shakedown’s music. It welcomes people of all ages, genders, types, and backgrounds. Thus, the audience is ever expanding. At the shows, the group wants its fans to let their minds wander, and feel free to become just as much a part of the collective vibe as the musicians onstage.

This wave’s getting bigger and bigger, and there’s no slowing the momentum.

Their future looks bright and funky.


"Gonzo Funk"
"Be Easy"
"Blue Door On a Brick House"
"On With Her Bad Self"

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Set List

Mojo Funk
Thinkin' 'Bout You
On With Her Bad Self
Walkabout (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
I'm Ready
How Do You Feel
Ain't No Fun To Me (Al Green)
The Music Never Stopped (The Grateful Dead)
The Turtle Song
Gonzo Funk > Cissy Strut (The Meters)
Be Easy
What It Is
Hey Pocky-A-Way (The Meters)
Whiskey River (Willie Nelson)
Blue Door On A Brick House
All Blues (M. Davis)
Journey of the Giants
Samson and Delilah (The Grateful Dead)
Buck (Nina Simone)
I Want You (She's So Heavy) (the Beatles)
One More Saturday Night (The Grateful Dead)
Hey, Miss Suzie
Dub Jam > Gunther
Shakedown Street (The Grateful Dead)