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Snarky Puppy's GroundUp Music Festival

Friday, February 10, 2017 - Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: North Beach Bandshell

GroundUP Music is proud to present the first annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL, February 10-12, 2017. Tickets are on sale now: GroundUpMusicFestival.comBLUECARD


Two-time GRAMMY Award winner Snarky Puppy – the “barnstorming, groove-centric instrumental act with a rabid fan base” (New York Times) – received their third GRAMMY nomination for their “big, rich and funky” (NPR Music) album Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group) in the “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” category. Also, as host of the first annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL on February 10-12, 2017, the band is excited to announce the addition of four-time GRAMMY Award-winner Esperanza Spalding to the incredible line-up.  GroundUP Music’s Executive Director Paul Lehr is thrilled to announce Spalding will be “artist-at-large” for all 3 days at the festival, “with some exciting surprises in store for the audience and some unique collaborations and opportunities that should have people talking for a long time to come.”  The festival will feature a set from Snarky Puppy each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international superstars including two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee David Crosby, the new A Prairie Home Companion host and founder of the Punch Brothers, Chris Thile, mind-boggling guitar legend Charlie Hunter, Quincy Jones’ London-based phenom and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier (also just nominated for two Grammys), and the most celebrated Cuban conguero, Pédrito Martinez, along with dozens of other remarkable artists.   

Since its inception 13 years ago, Snarky Puppy’s grass-roots approach to the changing music industry has met major critical and commercial success. The band’s approach will be no different as they debut their inaugural festival. “After years of playing festivals ourselves, we’re very in touch with what we like and what we don’t. We’re trying to construct an ideal environment for both the listeners and performers,” says Snarky Puppy bandleader and GroundUP Music CEO Michael League.

This will be achieved by a limited capacity of 1,500 at the festival each day, a series of special events from performers (ranging from film screenings and music business panels to scavenger hunts), a central hub for artists and attendees at the adjacent Deauville Hotel, and an integrated and informal environment which will allow attendees to interact with the artists.

Confirmed GroundUP Music Festival Performers Include:

Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding, David Crosby, Terence Blanchard, Laura Mvula, Chris Thiele & Michael Daves, Jacob Collier, Charlie Hunter feat. Jeff Coffin, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Carlos Malta & Pife Muderno, Bill Laurance, Maz, Shelly Berg, Lee Boys feat. Roosevelt Collier, Pedrito Martinez Group, Banda Magda, Lucy Woodward, House of Waters, Michelle Willis, FORQ, Funky Knuckles, Bokanté