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Tour Dates

02/08/2019GroundUP Music Festival / Miami, FL
02/09/2019GroundUP Music Festival / Miami, FL
02/10/2019GroundUP Music Festival / Miami, FL
02/23/2019Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles, CA
02/24/2019UC Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara, CA
04/15/2019Powerstation / Auckland, New Zealand
04/16/2019Opera House / Wellington, New Zealand
04/18/2019Byron Bay Bluesfest / Bryon Bay, Australia
04/19/2019Byron Bay Bluesfest / Bryon Bay, Australia
04/21/2019Enmore Theatre / Sydney, Australia
04/24/2019HQ / Adelaide, Australia
04/26/2019The Forum / Melbourne, Australia
05/10/2019The Strand Ballroom / Providence, RI
05/11/2019The Music Hall / Portsmouth, NH
05/12/2019House of Blues / Boston, MA
05/14/2019Town Ballroom / Buffalo, NY
05/15/2019Roxian Theatre / Pittsburgh, PA
05/16/2019Masonic Cleveland / Cleveland, OH
05/17/2019The Vogue / Indianapolis, IN
05/18/2019The Riviera Theatre / Chicago, IL
05/19/2019Atomic Cowboy Pavillion / St. Louis, MO
05/23/2019Pabst Theater / Milwaukee, WI
05/24/2019Orpheum / Madison, WI
05/25/2019Palace Theatre / St. Paul, MN
05/28/2019The Paramount / Seattle, WA
05/29/2019Roseland Ballroom / Portland, OR
05/30/2019Paramount Theatre / Oakland, CA
05/31/2019Orpheum Theatre / Los Angeles, CA
06/01/2019House of Blues / San Diego, CA
06/03/2019Brooklyn Bowl / Las Vegas, NV
06/04/2019The Commonwealth / Salt Lake City, UT
06/07/2019Red Rocks Amphitheatre / Morrison, CO
06/08/2019Mishawaka Amphitheater / Mishawaka, CO
06/11/2019Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / Kansas City, MO
06/12/2019Minglewood Hall / Memphis, TN
06/13/2019Pisgah Brewing Company / Black Mountain, NC
06/14/2019DC Jazz Festival @ The Anthem / Washington, D.C.
06/15/2019Brooklyn Steel / Brooklyn, NY
06/24/2019Vienna Jazz Festival Vienna, Austria

Snarky Puppy: Bio

The last two years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy.

After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for both of the band's Grammy awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014 and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016), Snarky Puppy isn't exactly a jazz band. It's not a fusion band, and it's definitely not a jam band. It's probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times' advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to "take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they're not."

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D'Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band's indy label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group's membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy's music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

The band was formed by bassist and primary composer Michael League in 2003, starting inconspicuously enough as a group of college friends at the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. Three years later, a serendipitous intersection with the Dallas gospel and R&B community in Dallas transformed the music into something funkier, more direct, and more visceral. It was at this time that the group absorbed musicians like Robert "Sput" Searight (drums), Shaun Martin (keyboards), and Bobby Sparks (keyboards), and were heavily influenced by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller).

1 Tarova
2 Semente
3 Gemini
4 Grown Folks
5 Beep Box
6 GO
7 The Simple Life
8 Palermo
9 Big Ugly
Official Trailer

Snarky Puppy will release their eleventh album and first true studio album in eight years on April 29 via GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics. Dubbed Culcha Vulcha, the record was recorded at Donic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX for a week, and nine new tracks. The album title refers to how we-the Western civilized world-have all become slaves to Pop culture, consuming as many messages to "buy", "be" and "get" as possible. We circle above and wait to swoop in and ravenously eat or "consume" as much messaging as possible so we can feel "full" and satisfied that we are "cool," losing our sense of self-confidence and self-acceptance as we are.

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