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Snarky Puppy

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When: Sunday 21st April
Where: Enmore Theatre

The New York based quasi-collective has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that can reach the most critical or most carefree audience. This convergence of musicians from white and black America have performed regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake and Marcus Miller among many others. Formed in Texas 12 years ago by exceptional young musicians, the band is a collective that is orchestrated by bassist Michael League, whose creative grass roots approach to a tougher than ever industry has developed a new model for independent artists. The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. 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 New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, 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 session musicians (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indie 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.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Shakey Graves

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When: Monday 22nd April
Where: Factory Theatre

Shakey Graves a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia was born in Austin, Texas to a musical family and is best-known for playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk and rock in a stripped down one-man-band style established in 2007. Shakey Graves live performances can be deceiving. Up to now, he's been categorized as an Americana singer-songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and from wearing his cowboy hat, looking like a one-man country band. But, the tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once discerning listeners hear his radical new album performed live with his full band in Melbourne and Sydney this April. Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, "Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders." The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who's been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can't Wake Up. This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. "This record is the most I've ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it," he says. "It's a dense album; there's a lot of information going on." Known for his interactions with the fans during the show and bringing his full band along for the ride - we're looking forward to seeing Shakey Graves live in Melbourne and Sydney this April!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Sofi Tukker

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When: Wednesday 1st May
Where: Metro Theatre

Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, the duo better known as SOFI TUKKER were catapulted into the spotlight by the success of their first ever single, the genre-smashing 2016 hit ‘Drinkee’. The track quickly went on to rack up over 45 million Spotify streams and snag a Grammy nomination – no small feat for a song adapted from a piece of Brazilian poetry and sung entirely in Portuguese! Continuing to move up the ranks; in 2018 SOFI TUKKER toured the globe from Eastern Europe to South America off the back of releasing their debut album ‘Treehouse’ which again, scored them a 2018 Grammy level up nomination for Best Album. The duo is heading back to Australia in April and May for the Groovin the Moo tour and their own headline shows, don’t miss SOFI TUKKER’s infectiously unique style of house-inspired jungle pop at THE METRO on WED 1 MAY.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

 

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