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Snarky Puppy grooves Cleveland at Beachland Ballroom / Scene

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It had been nearly two years since the cats in Snarky Puppy graced the fine Beachland Ballroom with their presence. The Cleveland crowd was ravenous. And why not? It's not every day that a jazz/funk collective so tight that their chord fingerings press notes into diamonds shows up on the north shore. So thank goodness for shows like last night's. And from the get-go, sidled with a new record and all that, Snarky Puppy slipped into hypnotic groove mode. Culcha Vulcha may be one of the most consistent releases from the collective yet, and they rolled out three of those new tunes before diving into some of the classics and tripping around their repertoire.