Last chance to get your tickets to see Grammy award-winning group, Snarky Puppy, at the Pioneer Center

Published: Sep. 15, 2023 at 10:29 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Five-time Grammy award-winning group, Snarky Puppy is bringing their tour to Reno Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Artown executive director, Beth MacMillan, stopped by Morning Break to share what it means to the organization to have a group like Snarky Puppy come to Reno as part of Artown’s Encore Series.

If you’ve never heard of Snarky Puppy, here’s a desciption of the group from Artown’s website: After over a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred 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 five of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016, 2017, 2021, and 2023), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band.

Its a collective of sorts with as many as 20 members. 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 and the United Kingdom 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.

Their latest Grammy® winning album - Empire Central - was released in September 2022. Its sound is big and bold, chill and laid back, rooted in its native culture while reaching outward, forward bound. With 16 new compositions, the group looks fondly at where it’s come from, confident in the polished power from which its members continue to build the unique Snarky Puppy sound.

The show takes place Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. For more information and tickets, click here. You can also follow Snarky Puppy on Instagram.