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Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Snarky Puppy is a band of reference. It's a band that other groups point to for a certain approach to modern, funky music. Some try and put the dreaded "Fusion" tag on the group, but that term blew itself out in the '70s and '80s, when Fusion became a genre of clichés. Snarky Puppy is a band that is willing to go in any direction they see fit, at any moment. Yes, the Jazz influences are there, as this rotating collective of musicians throws down their grooves (the total number of musicians in and out of Snarky Puppy is around 40 at this point). But funkiness is also always front and center, as is percussion and horns-a-plenty.

Their latest Ground Up - Universal recording - Culcha Vulcha, is their 11th and first true studio album in eight years, Snarky Puppy decamped to a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, a five-minute walk from the Mexican border, in isolation to record nine original tracks that showcase a darker hued sound utilizing a sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy.  Snarky Puppy takes over Madison Theater wCharlie Hunter.

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