Snarky Puppy

with special guest DJ Chris Gill



Two-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based Snarky Puppy make their Melbourne Recital Centre debut

‘Get down to the new jazz sound from the underground and revel in a night of raw animal magic’. The Telegraph (U.K.)

Snarky Puppy has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that reaches both the most critical and most carefree audience. Led by bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, with every new project and every show, Snarky Puppy hopes to do something they’ve never done before. The convergence of musicians from white and black America have performed regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove and Marcus Miller among others. With their latest album, Family Dinner, Volume 2, the eclectic, unclassifiable jazz-funk-global collective has set their sights higher than ever.

‘We had a wish-list of artists we wanted to collaborate with, from a really wide array of styles,’ says League. ‘We tried to come up with different demographics, nationalities, even age groups. And then we wanted to write arrangements that the band would really shine on, but would also truly enhance the essence of each artist.’ The result is a free-wheeling, wide-ranging collection, recorded live in New Orleans, featuring an astonishing list of musicians from around the world, including Susana Baca, Charlie Hunter, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula, David Crosby and an all-star group of Big Easy players including Ivan Neville and Terence Blanchard. Various combinations of the three-dozen members of Snarky Puppy (known as ‘The Fam’) act as the house band for an unprecedented journey through different sounds, genres and cultures.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based outfit is ready to bring the funk back to Melbourne after sold out performances in 2016 with a jazzed up rock concert of synth-driven grooves, ‘horn-hollering soul hooks, floor-shaking beats and punchy improve’. The Guardian

Snarky Puppy will sign merchandise and CDs in the ground floor foyer after the concert.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Join us in the foyer from 6:30pm as our foyers are transformed into a thriving music hub with free pre-concert DJ’s and drinks.

We are excited to announce that drinks can be brought into Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for this concert; however the bar will be closed during the performance. Grab a drink and enjoy the show!


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