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Snarky Puppy's fortunes seemed to be on an upswing. Though it was still struggling to fill stateside venues, the band had just returned from its first European tour, a surprising success. The hope was to sell 50 tickets for the first show, in London; instead the group sold out a 400-capacity room. Back at the airport in Chicago afterward, the musicians buzzed among themselves: Maybe something is happening here. They got into a van and drove more than 30 hours straight, to Takoma, Wash., for some West Coast shows. Over the first three nights, Snarky Puppy played to a total of about 100 people, says bandleader Michael League. "The third night was my birthday, and there were three people there," says League, recalling the story over the phone during a break in studio recording. "It was really a healthy smack in the face. Not that anybody was getting a big head, but the idea that just because something's happening somewhere, it doesn't mean you're big [expletive]." When Snarky Puppy, plays House of Blues on Wednesday, it's guaranteed to have more than three.      READ THE FULL Boston Globe ARTICLE