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Posted March 24, 2017

"Regina" Has Been Born!

Becca Stevens' new album, "Regina", is out now! You're going to want to hear this. Get it on iTunes, buy the physical CD, or get it on Amazon!

Posted March 9, 2017

Well Loved - Becca Stevens ft. Laura Mvula

Take a look at Becca Stevens' second video, "Well Loved", from her upcoming album, "Regina"! Well Loved features the amazing Laura Mvula. The two of them together created one beautiful song! Listen & watch here.

Posted February 23, 207

The Queen Mab music video is here!

The first music video from #ReginaTheAlbum is out for the world to see and it is beautiful! Enjoy Queen Mab by Becca Stevens- Watch here.

Posted February 27, 2017

Michelle Willis' Winter Tour Includes Some Special Guests!

Michelle is bringing along two awesome GroundUp singer/songwriters with her to perform at some shows during her Winter Tour. Becca Stevens & Maz. Yup! Ya don't want to miss it. Tickets here!

Posted February 27, 2017

Bill Laurance's 2017 European Tour

Bill Laurance just finished his US tour and it was AMAZING. Now he's about to head out and do some gigs all over Europe, starting with his neck of the woods, the UK! Don't miss 'em! Tickets here.

Posted January 19, 2017

NPR Releases First Single from Becca Stevens' New Album Regina

First listen to Queen Mab off of Becca Stevens new album, Regina, is up NOW on NPR Music.

Posted January 9, 2017

Snarky Puppy's own Bill Laurance is coming to the US!

Bill Laurance will be here starting late January to do some shows for ya'll on the East Coast! He'll be making his way down to our GroundUp Music Festival before he heads back to the UK to finish up the rest of the tour. Grab tickets here!

Posted January 3, 2017

House Of Waters are on their Winter Tour!

House Of Waters are in the middle of an awesome Winter Tour! After Winter Jazzfest, they'll be making their way to the West Coast, then they'll be back on the East Coast for our GroundUp Music Festival in Miami! Check 'em out. Tickets here.

Posted November 11, 2016

Live At Union Chapel is Available NOW!

Bill Laurance's CD/DVD "Union Chapel" is available now on iTunesAmazon, and you can grab copy the physical at our store! 

Posted November 2, 2016

Hang with Snarky Puppy At The Havana Jazz Plaza Festival!

Hang out with Snarky Puppy this December at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival! A trip to Cuba, music from Chucho ValdesRoberto FonsecaTerence BlanchardChristian McBrideArturo O'Farrill and Fatoumata Diawara, a meet-n-greet with us, and much more. Get the whole package right here!

Posted October 27, 2016

David Crosby's "Lighthouse" is Available Everywhere!

On October 21st, David Crosby released his brand new album "Lighthouse". David worked with a few great singer/songwriters on this album including, Michael League, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. "Lighthouse" was produced by Michael League.

Purchase can be made here:

CD/Vinyl on Amazon
Colored Vinyl on Barnes & Noble
Download on iTunes
CD at the GroundUp store

Posted October 25, 2016

The Premier of Bill Laurance's "Swift" Video

JazzTimes premiered Bill Laurance's new video for "Swift" last week! Click here to check it out! If you preorder Union Chapel on iTunes you'll receive the song instantly! You can also preorder Union Chapel on Amazon & at our Store!

Posted October 14, 2016

Maz "Idealist" is Available NOW!

Maz's "Idealist" is officially here and available on iTunes, Amazon, & physically

Posted September 28, 2016

Maz Announces Fall Tour

Maz officially announced his upcoming Fall Tour and Album Release Party! "Idealist" will be available worldwide on October 14th, but he will have physical copies available at the Album Release Party at Club Bonafide on October 8th! Grab your tickets here.

Posted September 21, 2016

Roosevelt Collier's Philly Get Down feat. Michael League at The Ardmore Music Hall

October 20th at The Ardmore Music Hall: Roosevelt Collier's Philly Get Down feat. Michael League, Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and Rob Compa/Eli Winderman (Dopapod) with Johnny Showcase opening!

For tickets and more info, click here!

Posted September 20th, 2016

NY Times Fall Preview featuring "Lighthouse"

The NY Times Fall preview features a great write-up on David Crosby's Lighthouse.

"Lighthouse” is an interior but proudly restless statement, a mostly acoustic singer-songwriter album that bathes Mr. Crosby’s voice and guitar in a warm, clear light.

Click here for the full list and more on Lighthouse.

Preorder "Lighthouse" here.

Posted September 19th, 2016

"Take 5 with Michael League..."

Bryon Bay Bluefest sat down with Michael League of Snarky Puppy and discovered his 5 biggest music influences! 

I don’t have a car, but the song I’m listening to the most right now at home is a song called ‘Dying Star’ from Maz’s ‘Idealist’ record. He’s actually a member in Snarky Puppy, but he has a vocal project as well and a beautiful record out October 14th.

Click here to read more!

Posted September 12, 2016

Charlie Hunter live at Drom NYC

Charlie Hunter will be live at Drom NYC on September 17th with the quartet of Bobby PreviteKirk Knuffke, and Curtis Sonny Fowlkes! Vernon Reid and Charlie will be talking music, interviewing each other, and jamming out. Hosted by GroundUP Music- Hope to see you there!

Posted September 6, 2016

New House Of Waters Tee available!

Click here to buy now!

Posted September 1, 2016

'Aftersun' Video

Bill Laurance's video for 'Aftersun' is finally here and it's beautiful! Click here to check it out. 

Digital purchase of 'Aftersun'
Physical purchase of 'Aftersun'

Posted August 25, 2016

NPR Music Premieres "The City"

NPR Music premiered David Crosby's new record , "The City", and did an amazing review.

When those rich layers of complex vocal harmony kick in, all the lush, luminous qualities that can make the city so seductive are instantly underlined.

Listen & read the article. 

Pre-Order "Lighthouse".

Posted August 22, 2016

House Of Waters release their debut album!

It's been a long time coming, but House Of Waters finally released their beautiful creation out into the world! 

"House Of Waters" is available, digitally, physically, and through Amazon. Enjoy!

Posted August 22, 2016

David Crosby sits down with The New York Times

David Crosby had a chat with The New York Times about life and recording his new album ‪#‎Lighthouse‬. Read, watch, and listen here.

Posted July 10, 2016

Charlie Hunter interviewed at Montreal Jazz Fest

The Guitar Channel interviewed Charlie Hunter, at the Montreal Jazz Festival just before his set. Check it out here at

Posted June 15, 2016

Cory Henry featured in VILLAGE VOICE

Richard Gehr at NYC's The Village Voice just did a write-up on Cory Henry and the Funky Apostles! From the article:

If George Duke and Bernie Worrell have an heir, it's this young and playfully funkified virtuoso, who's been playing gospel in church since he was four.

Check out the article here at

Posted June 8 2016


"Deep in the heart of Texas they grow the funk pure and rich with an ancient group of ingredients of which the Funky Knucles wrote the cook book” - Dallas Morning Star. The new album from The Funky Knuckles, New Birth is available this Friday, June 10! Pre-order the CD today!

Posted June 4, 2016

Michelle Willis's See Us Through AVAILABLE NOW

"See Us Through was written over the course of six years. Each song deals with attempting to get to the other side of whatever I was in. Often that meant making a decision or speaking up, or just holding tight and not being afraid to stay the course. Each of these things required an action I was often afraid to make. These songs were my encouragement to myself, an extra tug to keep trying, to aim for it. The music was never written with an album in mind, but when it all came together as one project the pieces all seemed to fit. Sonically, it features warm, dark and rich tones from the band, primarily made up of Thom Gill (guitar), Hugh Marsh (violin), Charles James (bass), and Phil Melanson (drums), with many featured guests and singers. It’s almost a jazz, soul, and hymn-like approach to the songwriting structure, with a heavy dose of lead and background vocals intertwined throughout, because… why not more vocals?" - Michelle Willis


Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:32pm

GroundUP Music Sampler FREE Download

Get your FREE copy of the GroundUP Music Summer 2016 Sampler, featuring entire the GroundUP Music Family. Tracklist:

  • Snarky Puppy - Grown Folks
  • Bill Laurance - Soti
  • Cory Henry - All In Love is Fair
  • Michelle Willis - It'll Rain Today
  • The Funky Knuckles - Arise
  • Lucy Woodward - Be My Husband
  • Charlie Hunter - No Money, No Honey
  • House Of Waters - Hamza
  • FORQ - Lymaks
  • Maz - Make Me Say
  • Banda Magda - El Pescador
  • Snarky Puppy (feat Salif Keita, Carlos Malta, and Bernardo Aguiar) - Soro (Afriki)

Use the code RJD1UW8V01KZ at checkout to download it for free!

Posted June 1, 2016

Culcha Vulca Official Trailer

The Brand New Studio Album From Snarky Puppy is Available Now

Posted June 2, 2016 at 1:41am

Bill Laurance Chats With Ken Navarro

Bill Laurance chats with Ken Navarro about "Aftersun", previous records, being on the road with Snarky Puppy and more! Check it out below!

Posted May 23, 2015 at 6:20pm

Snarky Puppy - Original Song Contest

Snarky Puppy wants to hear your original songs using samples from the song "Tarova" off their latest album Culcha Vulcha. We've provided a sampling of one shots and loops as well as a download of the full, extensive sample pack for you to rework in your own unique track. Snarky wants to hear all styles of music and with the wide ranging sounds available in this high quality sample collection, the possibilities are endless. Show us your best work!

One grand prize winner receives the following:

  • $500
  • An Official release of the Winning Remix on
  • A feature of the Winning Remix on all of Snarky Puppy’s social media properties
  • A Snarky Puppy Deluxe Merch Bundle
  • An hour long Skype session with Michael League
  • A Skype session with another member of Snarky Puppy of the Winner’s choosing
  • Fifty percent of the royalties received from any future licensing placements

Download the samples and read more here

Posted May 9, 2016 at 10:13pm


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Posted May 9, 2016 at 6:12pm

Cory Henry Live on Relix & THE REVIVAL EUROPE TOUR

Relix Magazine has an exclusive new video featuring our own Cory Henry playing Lord Give Me A Sign live in their own studio. Catch him on The Revival Europe Tour, starting May 12 in Dublin, Ireland.

Posted April 18, 2016 at 6:12pm

Pups featured in Guitar Player Magazine

Michael Ross of Guitar Player Magazine recently sat down with Bob Lanzetti, Chris McQueen, and Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy. Check out the article here, where the guys talk listening, gear, and the dynamics of a sometimes three-guitarist band.

Posted April 17, 2016 at 5:44pm

NPR's take on Cory Henry's The Revival

National Public Radio's Michelle Mercer reviewed Cory Henry's The Revival (Available Now!) on All Things Considered. From the transcript:

The Hammond's emotive swells involve some complex manipulation. Players create sound at the keyboards using a spaceship's worth of job draw bars, buttons and pedals. Now in his 20s, Henry can glide through just about any gospel song on the Hammond with the ease of someone taking the family car out for a Sunday drive."

Posted April 15, 2016 at 3:44pm


Three members of the GRAMMY-winning collective Snarky Puppy — bandleader Michael League, keyboardist Bill Laurance, and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight — took a moment from their busy SXSW schedule to talk to GRAMMY Pro about their genre-defying music. The trio spoke about their GRAMMY-winning collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, the second installment in the Family Dinner series, and their latest studio album, Culcha Vulcha.

Posted April 12, 2016 at 8:17pm


GroundUP Music recording artist Lucy Woodward jumps on the Snarky train for five nights this spring. Come and hear her sing! Not near? No fear - Lucy’s GroundUP Debut might be the soundtrack to your summer.

Posted March 24, 2016 at 9:00pm

Hello Culcha Vulcha - Fare Thee Well, Chadwick

This Sunday at 10pm GMT you can hear the very first play of Snarky Puppy’s new album Culcha Vulcha (due out April 29) and also tune into legendary UK radio man Mike Chadwick sign off on his last show on Jazz FM. Click here to listen live!

Pre-order the physical edition or the digital (iTunes) edition of Culcha Vulcha today.

Posted February 24, 2016 at 1:52pm

Sylva nominated for JazzFM Album of The Year

Congratulations Snarky Puppy! The band is nominated for Album of the Year at the JazzFM Awards! 

Tune in live on April 26th to support the pups and don't forget to cast your vote here.

Posted February 20, 2016 at 7:45pm

Charlie Hunter LIVE IN NYC

NYC! Don't miss master guitarist and Family Dinner, Volume Two guest Charlie Hunter at Rockwood Music Hall March 17th-19th. Tickets available here!

Catch him live performing with your favorite drummers: March 17th with Bobby Previte, 18th with Louis Cato, and the 19th with Adam Cruz.

Posted February 14, 2016 at 2:06am

Crosby and League in Rolling Stone

Hear David Crosby's Tender New Ballad With Snarky Puppy:

"It has the beautiful, simple, poetic lyricism that I love about David's writing. And most of all, the song and the performance itself are so vulnerable. ...Many artists fight against this as they age, but Crosby has embraced it. In my opinion, he's writing the best music of his entire life right now."

Via Rolling Stone

Posted February 14, 2016 at 1:55am

Snarky Puppy: A House Built on Solid Funk

Snarky Puppy has been featured in this article in the New York Times. From the article:

"Sometimes it's ‘Oh, my dad told me about you,' and sometimes it's ‘Oh, my son told me about you,'" he said. "It's funny. And you know, jazz, jam band, fusion: I don't know where we are. But because the band has such a rapport — from 12 years of touring, over 1,200 concerts, 11 albums — our mix of styles doesn't sound disparate. It just sounds like Snarky Puppy."

Keep reading here

Posted February 14, 2016 at 1:55am

Bill Laurance chases Aftersun

Aftersun, Bill Laurance's third solo record will be released March 4th! It's up for pre-order now, and when you get it on iTunes you will instantly get "Soti".Preorder the digital version, or reserve your physical copy here.

Posted February 14, 2016 at 1:55am

Cory Henry's Revival

The Revival is officially up for pre-order! The record won't be released until 3/18, but you can pre-order it on iTunes and instantly get "NaaNaaNaa". Or, pre-order the physical copy here.

Posted February 13, 2016 at 5:54pm

Family Dinner 2 Out Now!

Following up the Grammy winning Family Dinner Vol. 1, Snarky Puppy released their anticapted follow up record Family Dinner Vol. 2 this week! Get it now digitally or physically

Posted February 13, 2016 at 3:22pm

Grammy Fever!

Sylva, Snarky Puppy's album from 2015 is up for "Best Contemporary Instrumental" Album at the Grammy's this Monday! Tune into the pre-show to support the pups, or follow us on social media... we will be sure to blast it out.

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:42pm

Marcelo Woloski's Kickstarter: Mundo por conocer - My debut album!

Long-time Snarky Puppy percussionist sideman Marcelo Woloski has launched a kickstarter to fund his debut album-- check it out, and contribute to this oh-so-worthy cause here.

From the Kickstarter:

My debut album features my original music, over 25 amazing musicians and lots of percussion! Please help me make this dream come true!

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 1:19pm

Red Eyed Sinatra LIVE

Snarky Puppy's own Bob Lanzetti has some upcoming shows as part of the amazing Red Eyed Sinatra! If you're in New York City (2/19) or Bethesda, Maryland (2/24) come check it out!

Click here for tickets to the New York show, or here for tickets to the show in Bethesda.

Red Eyed Sinatra also features Steve Jenkins on bass and Devin Collins on drums.

Posted January 6th, 2015 at 4:19pm

Chromatik Sessions features Snarky Puppy

Michael League of Snarky Puppy sat down with Chromatik to talk about music, his music education and perspective on it, and much more! Listen here:

Posted December 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Family Dinner Two - SCREENINGS

Snarky Puppy is finally coming to the big screen in uncompressed 24-bit 48kHz 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and in a 4K resolution. We've hand-picked theaters that have a great vibe and that have been held to the highest technical standards so the recording can be seen and heard exactly as it was intended in the studio. Special appearances from Directors Michael League and Andy LaViolette, surprise guest artists, and other members of the band will be at select locations. Tell your friends!

Posted December 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm


Cory Henry takes a nostalgic journey back to his home church with "The Revival: Live Recording"--an ode to musical greats who have influenced the sound of music over the decades, and a professional snapshot of Cory's discography. This record commemorates icons and the "NY Sound" founding fathers. This project features the organ, Henry's first instrument, which has a rich tradition spanning from the 1940s. Noting that it doesn't get as much recognition today, Cory wants the audience to not only experience the organ from a gospel perspective, but to appreciate its contribution to music in general.

Posted December 21, 2015 at 12:57pm


Aftersun shines on Ground UP Music this spring as the Grammy Award winning pianist brings his 3rd recording to life. For the third instalment, the music is filtered down to its roots featuring the original trio of Snarky Puppy's own Michael League and Robert Sput Searight with legendary New Orleans percussionist Weedie Braihma. Dance and African Percussion at its heart, the album combines deep world grooves with Laurance's signature genre bending exploration.

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 3:20pm


Snarky collaborator and GroundUP artist Michelle Willis heads west to Ontario on October 15th for Folk Music Ontario. If you're anywhere near make sure to say hey.

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 7:33pm


Snarky keyboard all-star Cory Henry packs up his Funk Apostles and takes them over to Europe for the month of November on a people's instinctive travel through funk and rhythm. Get your Tickets here:

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 3:18pm


Thanks to our partners at we have a litany of live Snarky Puppy shows fresh off their first leg of Word Tour 2015. The band is absolutely on fire, burning down the house nightly. Check for yourself - get some Austin, Atlanta, New Orleans and more.

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 3:29pm

Ase Me Na Bo: "Your gaze is glass, turquoise porcelain..."

Banda Magda shares a rough mix of Ase Me Na Bo with lyrics, an English translation, and videos from the session. Keep your eyes on us for more TIGRE updates!

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 3:18pm

CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Tonight in the DMV! Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles plus Philip Lassiter and PJ Morgan at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Can't make it? Check the upcoming tour dates:

Posted September 7th at 8:28pm

Larnell Lewis & Promark's REBOUND

See what drummer Larnell Lewis Music (Snarky Puppy) does with Promark's Rebound sticks in this new video.

Posted September 4, 2015 at 12:45pm

Banda Magda: TIGRE

Banda Magda has been busy busy touring and traveling the world this summer. We are anxiously awaiting their next album, Tigre, and would like to invite you to be a part of it.

Banda Magda on

Posted August 27th, 2015, at 12:30pm

Michael League's Gateway Drugs

Snarky Puppy's Michael League compiled a playlist of gateway drugs that led him to really love - dare I say, get addicted to - adventurous music, like jazz. Administer auditorily. No lethal dose, but beware of strong effects.

Posted August 15th, 2015 at 12:36pm

Snarky Puppy WORLD TOUR 2015

Snarky Puppy World Tour 2015 Dates Announced! Check them out here.

Posted August 7th, 2015


Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 26 with an illustrious lineup of all star musicians who will take over the borough from about noon to 4am a la Frenchman Street in New Orleans. For more information and tickets, click here.

Posted August 7th, 2015


The Ultimate Bass Camp sounds like a super badass name for what will probably be a super badass few days with Michael League Plays Music. Take your summer (and your bass skills) to 11 by registering today.

PS: Ultimate Drum Camp is also a thing. Music education for the win!

Posted August 14th, 2015, at 4:48pm

Brooklyn Bowl 2015 featuring Chris Bullock & friends

Get on up to Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, August 18 for a night of soulful blues. This horn section is blazing: Chris Bullock on sax, Natalie Cressman Music on trombone and vocals, and Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet (aka "turmpet") and vocals. Elise Testone, who wowed crowds at the James Brown Dance Party, celebrates B.B. King this time around.

Posted July 27th, 2015

Join Us In Celebrating The Life Of Eric Hartman

Please join us in celebrating Eric Hartman at a Benefit Concert in his honor at Dallas's Granada Theater on August 25. He was a beloved member of the Snarky Puppy family and is sorely missed. Performances by David Crosby, Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens, The Funky Knuckles, Shaun Martin, and more. Tickets available now.

Posted August 2nd, 2015

The Tour de Philthy. Coming to a city near you in September.

Philip Lassiter, master trumpeter and bandleader, recently announced his Tour de Philthy. This man is funky, fresh, and always in good musical company. Get on up to Villain & Saint, The Sutler, Flying Saucer Memphis, Natasha's Bistro & Bar, or Aisle 5 in September to join the party.

Listen to his most recent release, DreamZzz, here:

Posted August 4th, 2015

Ghost Note 2015 Summer Tour

Hey Snarky Puppy fans,
Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth are on tour debuting their new side project, Ghost-Note. World renowned for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo expands their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. Joining them on stage are Nick Werth (Xylo-synth), Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II (Sax), and A.j. Brown(bass). This is a night of music you don't want to miss. Check their tour schedule for details and don't forget to follow them for updates.

Posted July 30th, 2015

Bill Laurance Project - St Georges Church

Live vicariously through Brighton's Finest's review of the Bill Laurance Project - Check it out.

From the review:

The whole band seemed to be at one with their music, and their enjoyment in playing was so obvious. Throughout the show, the audience where amazed by the impeccable quality of the sound and ingenuity of the band. They managed to blend multiple genres into their loose Jazz Fusion format, making for an impressive and memorable concert that never dulled, and left the entire audience in gleeful adulation as they stood applauding in ovation, knowing they had witnessed masters of their craft producing exceptional music.

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