Brooklyn-based international jazz ambassadors Snarky Puppy make their second appearance in Columbus this year when they play Park Street Saloon on Tuesday, June 24th, at 8pm. Though the band has passed through town rather often in the past couple years, the band is active enough that it seems they have news every time they roll through. They are currently touring in support of their latest album We Like It Here, recorded live in October 2013 in the Netherlands and released on CD/DVD in February on GroundUP Music/Ropeadope Records. After two projects in 2013 featuring vocals, the new album is a return to their expansive instrumental stylings. With their endless touring around the world, musical styles of other cultures influence the Snarky sound to an increasing degree, but the core of funky keyboards, dynamic horn parts, and a cohesive rhythm section remain constant.
This is the first prominent jazz show at Park St. Saloon, which was more of a standard nightclub before being purchased by Woodlands Productions in September 2013. Hopefully the newly ambitious booking, which is mostly centered around the folky, jam-oriented bands that Woodlands Tavern is known for (but has also recently included popular hip-hop acts), will continue at the venue and more jazz-based bands will get a chance in this nightlife district. Regardless, after a packed show at Woodlands Tavern in January, Snarky Puppy should have more room to entertain at the Saloon.
Advance tickets are available here.
Enjoy a couple videos from We Like It Here to get prepared for the show: