september, 2019

28sep7:00 pm10:00 pmSnarky Puppy w/ House of Waters in the Music Box Village


Event Details

New Orleans Airlift kicks off its fourth year of programming in the Music Box Village with three-time Grammy-winning collective Snarky Puppy !

Tickets are on sale now, and due to sell out – VIP is also available!

Snarky Puppy brings their dynamic blend of jazz, R&B, and neo-soul to the imaginative soundscape at the Music Box Village. Our unique site provides a sonic playground for these seasoned improvisers, and an opportunity for audiences to hear this music in an intimate outdoor setting. This show promises the deep musicianship and organic performances for which Snarky Puppy is known, and which are all over their newest record, Immergence.

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 all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), 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 The New York Times’ advice, 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, 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).



(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Music Box Village

4557 N. Rampart Street

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