Old Salt Union

The Orpheum Presents:

Old Salt Union

Sugar & the Mint

Sunday, April 1 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$11.00 - $13.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union
A great band is more than the proverbial sum of its parts, and in the pursuit of becoming something that can cut through the clutter of YouTube stars and contest show runner-ups, a great roots music band must become a way of life. Less likely to rely on production or image, they’ve got to connect with their audience only through the craftsmanship of their songs, the energy they channel on the stage and the story that brings them together.
Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.

In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.

Violinist John Brighton mentions some names familiar to the Compass roster as key influences, musicians like Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall and Mark O’Connor, all of whom have collaborated with Brown in the past. Primary vocalist and bassist, Jesse Farrar (for the indie rock heads - yes, he’s related – Son Volt front man Jay Farrar is Jesse’s uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit as well as his unique formative experiences as a hip hop producer and bass player for a national tour of The Four Freshmen. The band’s self-titled Compass debut combines these instrumental proclivities with pop melodies and harmonies into a coherent piece of work that carves out a road-less-travelled for the band in the now crowded roots music genre.
Sugar & the Mint
Sugar & the Mint
Sugar and The Mint is a vibrant young contemporary bluegrass band, and the winner of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in 2017. (Previous winners include The Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass.) The band’s album debut show at The Elks Theater on May 19th kicks off their Just Past Midnight summer tour, in which they will travel through Arizona, Utah and Colorado, to Telluride’s 2018 Bluegrass Festival, where they will share the stage with Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile and many more musical legends.
Sugar & The Mint’s brand-new album, Just Past Midnight, is out May 19th. It will feature several new original songs, along with a reimagining of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, and will showcase the group’s inimitable musical perspective and technical prowess. Between How Far, a tale of toxic love, Overland Drive, a beautiful and tender folk ballad, and Thumper, a toe-tapping bluegrass instrumental, there will be much for any music fan to appreciate.
Sugar & the Mint got its start with The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona in February 2011. Students were, initially, chosen by audition and formed as a youth cultural music conservatory group (at the time called Generation). In 2014, Sugar and the Mint (Generation) parted ways with Sharlot Hall Museum and ventured out on its own. The young sextet, ranging in age from 17-21, has since developed a unique style, playing a blend of new old-time, contemporary bluegrass and indie-folk music. In addition to a bevy of spirited originals, the band’s repertoire spans many genres, including songs from artists like Bill Monroe, Robert Johnson, and even AC/DC. Sugar & The Mint’s first album, Grape Flavored, is available for purchase or streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube and of course sugarandthemint.com.