Anchored by the sound of funk and soul masters including James Brown, Otis Redding, and Prince, SugarBad creates an uplifting sound spearheaded by the velveteen voice of Lisa Ramey.

Unlike most typical funk-soul acts, SugarBad has all the intensity of a rock band, featuring anthemic vocals and horns, a powerful rhythm section, and funky guitar and organ based grooves. With beginnings as an instrumental house band at 169 Bar, Ramey (Vocals), Aaron Rockers (Horns), Dave Mainella (Organ/Keys), Frank Cogliano (Guitar), Isaac Jaffe (Bass), Nick Myers (Saxophone), and Ryan Ramirez (drums) quickly evolved into a staple of the New York soul scene.

On stage, funk, rock, and soul combine to create an energetic and captivating experience. With tours in Italy, grand performances at Jazz! at Lincoln Center, and packed shows at legendary NYC rock clubs such as (le) Poisson Rouge and Rockwood Music Hall, SugarBad shows unique versatility and is ready to jolt their genre with their new EP, Up In The Clouds, out now!

"SugarBad is one of the most exciting soul and funk bands to come out of Brooklyn in recent memory"


'Up In The Clouds' displays refinement and depth that comes from putting in the hours as a performer and player, and its not to be missed"

- In Your

"SugarBad is a little more down in the dirt than ‘70s era Betty Wright, but not so gritty as Betty Davis"

- BlackGrooves.Org


Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY

Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY

Bowery Electric - New York, NY

Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

Pulqueria - New York, NY

SRB - Brooklyn, NY

Penn Station Plaza - New York, NY

Toshi's Living Room - New York, NY

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY

Cutting Room - New York, NY

Peekskill Brewery - New York, NY

12 Grapes - New York, NY

The Bitter End - New York, NY

Bar Nine- New York, NY

The Matterhorn Bar - Stowe, VT

Bourbon and Branch - Philadelphia, PA

Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA

Electric Haze - Worcester, MA

Brother’s Drake - Columbus, OH

Broadway Oyster Bar - St. Louis, MO

The MUNY - St. Louis, MO

Tropicalia - Washington, DC

Wonderland Ballroom - Washington, DC

The Bayou - Washington, DC

Altamont Brewery - Asheville, NC

The New Vintage - Louisville, KY


Blackmail - Florence, Italy

Las Palmas - Florence, Italy

Premio Massimo Urbani - Camerino, Italy

Ducato in un Bicchiere - Camerino, Italy

Da Noe - Camerino, Italy

Caffe Concerto - Camerino, Italy

Suerte Cafe Letterario - Naples, Italy

Dolomiti Ski Jazz Festival - Dolomites, Italy

La Rotonda - Porto Saint’Elpidio - Italy

Break Live - Ascoli Piceno, Italy

Jazzup Festival - Viterbo, Italy

Pizza - Perugia, Italy

Cafe Opera - Recanati, Italy

In Case music video premiere on Pop Wrapped
"Funk/soul band SugarBad are bringing an intoxicating old-school sound into 2015 with their single, 'In Case.'"

SugarBad interview with Stimulate Your Soul
"SugarBad in this case, is a great woman backed by a bunch of cool lads."

Up In The Clouds album premiere on In Your Speakers
"Up In The Clouds displays refinement and depth that comes from putting in the hours as a performer and player, and it's not to be missed."

SugarBad on The Huffington Post 2014 CMJ Playlist

SugarBad live on WNYU radio

Interview with AXS
"Sugarbad is one of the most exciting soul and funk bands to come out of Brooklyn in recent memory."

Featured on Singersroom
"If you like the vintage sounds of Janelle Monae, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Amy Winehouse, then you have a new group to add to your musical collection: SugarBad is NYC’s newest funk/soul group of true musicians."

Interview with Pens Eye View
"The 6-piece band brings a multitude of mastery to the table, combining bits of soul, R&B, rock n’ roll, jazz and gospel in a live performance that makes every concert more of a party than a show."


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