The Sugar Roots

Day 01

Main Stage

2:00 PM

The Sugar Roots are a band born in 2021 of the legendary Portland blues scene. The band’s long immersion in the Pacific Northwest blues scene is reflected in every soulful, sophisticated song they write. Said frontman and multi-instrumentalist Chad Rupp, “All the classic blues greats have played a part in what I play; however, my most revered influences are my Portland professors. The classroom has always been their live performances in local venues. Jim Mesi, Paul DeLay, Lloyd Jones, Norman Sylvester, DK Stewart, Curtis Salgado, and Duffy Bishop were the faculty and remain so.”

The Sugar Roots also include Jason JT Thomas on guitar (Lisa Mann Band, Sons Of Bitches), Pat McDougal on organ/piano, Timmer Blakely on bass (Paul Gilbert, Terry Evans), and Chandler Bowerman on drums (Ben Rice Band, 5 Guys Named Moe). This spring the group will represent the Cascade Blues Association at the Blues Foundation’s 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With their debut album Savage’s Life earning radio play and accolades around the world, The Sugar Roots, raved Fotobluesrockandmore, “show that they are the generation that will school the blues of the future.”


Jul 01