The Stone Sugar Shakedown
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The Stone Sugar Shakedown

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF
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"St. Louis Scene: St. Louis' Stone Sugar Shakedown"

"...In the meantime, they will be continuing to gig all over Missouri and St. Louis and of course, looking for other musicians and groups to collaborate and play with.

One thing is for sure The Shakedown is always on the lookout for that new sound and that new vibe."
-Muireanne Prendergast, St. Louis Scene - Muireanne Prendergast

"88.1 KDHX Artist Spotlight: The Stone Sugar Shakedown"

Published July 4th, 2010 - 88.1 KDHX (Artist Spotlight)

"Review of Summer Camp Music Festival: Thursday, May 27th"

“…from what I have seen, the highlight has been a cover of The Meters' "Cissy Strut," performed by Stone Sugar Shakedown of St. Louis. I was not expecting to hear this early, instrumental, funk classic at a jam band festival, but Stone Sugar Shakedown played an even funkier version than the original…”
-Jack Vebber, New Staff Writer, Daily Illini, May 27th, 2010 - Jack Vebber, Daily Illini


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

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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.