Music Marauders Presents
Snarky Puppy w/ Technicolor Tone Factory
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD "Tell Your Friends" (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.
The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group ("Best Jazz Act" 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience.
It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions- jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a series of combinations and a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.
Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Its other members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, The Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more.
The group was conceived and is held together by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a most unique musical animal. It is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians unanimously and enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots Of American Music) in inner city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at over 40 colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading a love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to hold on to.
Currently, Snarky Puppy is touring to prepare for their next live, in-studio album/DVD, to be recorded over 5 days in New Orleans this fall for Ropeadope Records.
Technicolor Tone Factory
Technicolor Tone Factory is a musical enigma. Boulder based, this collaboration draws its roots from a monstrous palette of styles ranging from Rock to Jazz while touching on everything in between.
Fondly referred to as TTF by their avid fans, the group heralds a virtuosic excellence that is rivaled by few. Together, the two rhythm specialists effortlessly blend technical precision with a creative prowess that is sure to keep hips moving and heads nodding well into the night. Bassist Zach Jackson holds down the grooves with his intricately composed bass lines and penetrating vocals, accompanied by Bryan LaFever, whose marching-band history with the Blue Knights has crafted his drumsticks into high-energy rhythm weapons.
Guitarist Jarrod Guaderrama is the last of a dying breed. Where many have tried and failed, Guaderrama successfully blends old school riffs with a new age touch resulting in melodies that are filled with passion, managing to remain both familiar yet unique simultaneously.
Only fellow guitarist Brian Boster rivals Guaderrama’s prowess on the fret board. Boster’s loose but intentional riffs are the perfect punctuation to the TTF sound. His soulful additions to the musical experience that is Technicolor Tone Factory pay tribute to classic rock and roll heroes like Derek Trucks and Jimi Hendrix, while maintaining a level of originality that is rare in a world saturated in the homogeneity of mass media.
The final cog in this musical machine is keyboardist, Greg Kalfa. Armed with an arsenal of influences from Chick Corea to Joey Porter, Kalfa’s agile fingers masterfully lace texture, melody, and rhythm into a musical net sure to entrap any self-proclaimed music fan, especially when he and Jackson combine their words to create TTF’s profound vocal harmonies.
Together these five musical forces combine to create the TTF experience, one that is sure to leave your feet sore, your smile muscles searing, and your ears screaming for more. As Guitarist Jarrod Guaderrama says: “Music is a fundamental aspect of humanity. Every culture around the world has music in its midst; it is a remarkable tool for bringing people together. As musicians, we understand its power, and as fellow members of humanity we aim to disseminate our passion for music to our fans. A TTF concert is more than just a show, it’s an experience where everyone involved finds a common ground in their love of music.”
So next time you hear that Technicolor Tone Factory is coming to town, be sure not to miss an opportunity to be part of a community focused on sharing their passion for music by embarking on the musical adventure that is Technicolor Tone Factory.
$20 Day Of Show / $35 2-Day Pass Day Of Show
Tickets Available at the Door
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