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Posted on: March 21, 2023

GRAMMY Award® winning group Snarky Puppy bringing Empire Central Tour to Fishers

Snarky Puppy

FISHERS, IND. (March 21, 2023) – The Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (NPD AMP) and MOKB Presents today announced Snarky Puppy live in concert in Fishers on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. Tickets for the Snarky Puppy show go on sale this Friday, March 24 at npdamp.com. Returning to the Indianapolis area this summer, Snarky Puppy brings their tour supporting the 2023 GRAMMY AWARD®-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Empire Central, to Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers.

Snarky Puppy’s show is part of the venue’s annual summer series. Previously, Ripe was announced for July 15 and additional summer shows and events will be announced soon. Additionally, the NPD AMP will continue to host the Fishers Farmers Market, kicking off in May, along with local community concerts and national tours. Updates on the 2023 summer schedule can be found at npdamp.com.

More about Snarky Puppy:
After over a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred quasi-collective Snarky Puppy suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all five of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016, 2017, 2021, and 2023), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.” 

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 20 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada and the United Kingdom all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

Their latest Grammy® winning album - “Empire Central” - was released in September 2022 Its sound is big and bold, chill and laid back, rooted in its native culture while reaching outward, forward bound. With 16 new compositions, the group looks fondly at where it’s come from, confident in the polished power from which its members continue to build the unique Snarky Puppy sound.

The sound now rises like a skyscraper from a 21st century orchestra comprising three guitarists, four keyboardists, two brass, two reeds, a violinist, multiple percussionists and drummers and the accomplished, yet modest, Michael League keeping it all together with his bass. “Empire Central” shouts from the rooftops how far Snarky Puppy have come since ten friends got together at the University of North Texas in 2004.  It also raises the question – where will Snarky Puppy go next? For Snarky Puppy fans, the answer to this question is a very exciting prospect. 

Tickets for the Snarky Puppy concert go on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. and will be available at npdamp.com and mokbpresents.com. For ticketed shows, the venue is an all ages facility and children ages two and under are permitted for free. Fans can also bring their own lawn chair and blankets. Additional information is available on the venue website.

About the NPD AMP
The Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (NPD AMP) is an outdoor music and event venue located in the heart of Fishers, Indiana in the Nickel Plate Cultural Arts District. The NPD AMP is one of Central Indiana's premier outdoor music and event venues and is open year-round to accommodate performances from a simple acoustic set to a 4,000-person concert. The latest acts and events can be found at npdamp.com or follow on Instagram at @npdamp

About MOKB Presents
Since its inception in 2008, MOKB Presents has produced more than 2,500 of Indiana’s top entertainment events. As Indiana's top independent concert promoter, MOKB Presents annually produces and consults over 300 events per year. In addition to producing events across the state of Indiana, MOKB Presents oversee operations for HI-FI Indianapolis, HI-FI Annex and LO-FI Lounge. As an exclusive talent buyer, MOKB Presents represents a variety of statewide venues including Nickel Plate Amphitheater (Fishers) and The Clyde Theatre (Fort Wayne).  For over a decade, MOKB Presents has built its company on an artist development foundation by helping foster the careers of artists like The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson and Band of Horses,  As a key contributor to the cultural and economic development of Indianapolis, MOKB Presents established the Indy Music Strategy (2018) and Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (2020) to help foster the national profile of the city's music sector. As part of the strategy, MOKB Presents partnered with Elevation Festivals in 2022 to create the annual WonderRoad Music and Arts Festival.

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