Robert E. Livingood, also known as Sugarbear, was made in Detroit in the 1970s. Soul music and rebellious Rock & Roll were everywhere. In his childhood apartment, even the lullabies were sung to the tune of Barry White and the MC5 and so his ear was trained accordingly. His mother was an opera singer who ended up working in an auto factory, his sister was the token white girl in a black disco band, and his brother in law partied with Iggy. By age 10, Robert was a card carrying member of The Midnight Funk Association, presided over by legendary Detroit DJ, The Electrifying Mojo. Mojo played extremely dynamic sets. By listening to them, Sugarbear learned the importance of cross pollinating between genres. He saw KISS as a little boy on their Destroyer tour, got his first punk haircut as a twelve year old in 1982, then started promoting music in his teens at the 404 Willis, an infamous underground after hours collective space in Detroit's rough and radical Cass Corridor neighborhood. Robert also ran the Hopscotch record label and watched techno being born from the filthy kitchen window of the Majestic Theater where he passed falafels and hummus to starving ravers. He left Detroit in the 90s, lived on the west coast (San Francisco, Oakland, Olympia), fell in love with the wild, became a Grizzly Bear biologist, moved to Alaska, built a cabin, fished for salmon, started writing books, then began throwing parties in the land of the midnight sun. He gave up science to become a full time bear groupie, writer, explorer, installation artist, and record spinner. His favorite places to play are the most unorthodox–barns, basements, garages, riverbanks, and on isolated patches of tundra. He loves taking part in moments where something spontaneous and unexpected occurs–like taking over a busy intersection with a renegade sound system, then getting down in the middle of the street with a bunch of glitter splattered freaks during rush hour. Following in the footsteps of Mojo, the music he spins is unbound by style or era. He loves playing long sets, exploring the territories of soul, funk, jazz, psychedelia, house, new wave, punk, garage rock, experimental, and disco. He'll play wherever he's called–whether international festivals like Shambhala and Burning Man, or even a yard sale drinking Mojitos out of Mason jars on a hot summer's day. Every time he plays, he uses the music to tell a story.