Artist: Snarky Puppy

Album: Family Dinner - Volume 1

Release Date: 2013-09-23

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On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The dream, envisioned by Michael League, was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of the center. The Jefferson Center is a non-profit arts center that is revitalizing a key neighborhood in Roanoke with the restoration of Jefferson High School and the renovation of the Shaftman Performance Hall. the hall brings world class music to the local community through the Music Lab, providing education and recording space for local children.

As Snarky Puppy set up to record yet another live recording with the audience on the stage, special guests with an interest in supporting the project arrived. Lalah Hathaway, N'Dambi, Lucy Woodward, and Chantae Cann joined Malika Tirolien, Magda Giannikou, Shayna Steele and Tony Scherr in what was to become a legendary live session that celebrates the diversity and joy of live music. With the stunningly beautiful theater as a backdrop, the result is a masterpiece of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and Blues music captured for the world to fully experience.

Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner will not only captivate, but will set a standard for future events and recordings. The concept of recording live with a limited audience intimately mixed with the artists is a testament to the creativity and positive energy of Snarky Puppy. Eight tracks appear on the CD, with additional tracks available on the DVD and broadcast online.

about the artist

Unstoppable....is the word that first comes to mind when the name Snarky Puppy comes up. Under the determined leadership of bassist Michael League, this cast of seasoned performers is on a musical mission to reshape the world of jazz fusion. One look at the list of credits will tell the story of their credentials - players from the top bands in a variety of genres. Their rise is a story of determination, persistence, and high caliber musicianship, but it is also a story of fun. Snarky Puppy carries a positive and upbeat outlook around the world, and fans get it. From college students to mature jazz fans, the audiences respond in kind to the Pups message of, well, FUN. At the center of the Pups is Michael League, a man with a mission who works tirelessly to not only keep the band moving upward in the challenging business of music, but continuously supports his fellow musicians in the process. With six albums under his belt, League is just getting started. In 2012 he founded groundUP records as an imprint of Ropeadope and released six records from acclaimed artists ranging from the jazz/pop vocalist Hildegunn Gjedrem to the down and dirty funk stars The Funky Knuckles. March 2015 - Snarky Puppy gets ready to drop Sylva, their major label debut on Impulse Records. The band continues to defy the laws of physics, recording Family Dinner Volume 2 in New orleans with an incredible cast including Susanna Baca, David Crosby, Jeff Coffin, Charlie Hunter, Becca Stevens, Jacob Collier, and more. Family Dinner Volume 2 is set for release in August 2015.