Seven Brothers of Snark

Seven Brothers of Snark

Music Profile: Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy joins Rudder onstage at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, for a Thursday night show at 8 p.m. April 10. Tickets are $12. Call 703-255-1566 or visit Leader Michael Teague is a local boy – he grew up in Clifton – returning for an almost-hometown concert. Does his band sound like “Steely Dan on acid,” like a South Carolina producer seems to think? Make the decision: visit or and catch the show Thursday, April 12.

<b>Introduce yourself and the band:

</b>My name is Michael League and I’m the bassist/bandleader/primary composer for Snarky Puppy. The band includes 6 other musicians who have made names for themselves as sidemen with world-renowned artists in various genres. They are:

Robert “Sput” Searight – keys (Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu)

Bob Lanzetti – guitar (Silver Arrows)

Brian Donohoe – sax (Levi)

Mike Maher – trumpet (Maztet)

Steve Pruitt – drums (Keith Anderson)

Nate Werth – percussion (Pteradacto, Hatch)

<b>When did you start playing and performing music?

</b>I picked up the guitar casually in middle school, and only started to take music seriously at the end of high school. I definitely started late compared to most of my college peers in Denton, Texas.

<b>Any local connections?

</b>I grew up in Clifton and went to high school at Centreville High. It’s always great to come back home and play for my family and friends.

<b>Describe your sound:

</b>A mixture of world music, jazz, and funk. A producer in South Carolina yesterday called it “Steely Dan on acid.” I liked that.

<b>Biggest musical influences:

</b>Wayne Krantz, Pat Metheny Group, Herbie Hancock and Headhunters, Bjork, Radiohead, and the musicians of south Dallas.

<b>Latest addition to your iPod:

</b>Jeff Buckley’s “Letters to My Sweetheart, the Drunk”

<b>What is the equation for a good show?

</b>Good sound, a good band, and a crowd that listens. Everything else is icing to me.

<b>Anything special about the upcoming show?

</b>Rudder is my favorite band in the world, and every chance we get to play with them is a treat. It’s their first performance in the D.C. area, and I think it’s a group that every musician should be required to see. There isn’t a lot of music like that around.

<b>Where can fans find out more about you?

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