Snarky Puppy, Meshell Ndegeocello and Blind Boys of Alabama announce Australian tours

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Snarky Puppy, Meshell Ndegeocello and Blind Boys of Alabama announce Australian tours

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They'll all be playing Bluesfest sideshows across the country.

Snarky Puppy Australian tour

  • Monday 25 March: The Forum, Melbourne
  • Wednesday 27 March: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
  • Friday 29 March: Bluesfest
  • Saturday 30 March: Bluesfest

Snarky Puppy is a 5-time GRAMMY winning jazz, funk fusion 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.

Snarky Puppy have won GRAMMYs for Best R&B Performance (2013), Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (2015, 2015, 2021, 2023) and are regularly voted Best Jazz Group of the Year, in DownBeat Readers’ Poll and Jazz Times Readers’ Poll

Meshell Ndegeocello Australian tour

  • Monday 25 March: Factory Theatre, Sydney
  • Tuesday 26 March: Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
  • Thursday 28 March: Bluesfest
  • Friday 29 March: Bluesfest

Acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello returns to Australia for headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne next March to present a stunning career retrospective, along with highlights from her latest album, The Omnichord Real Book.

Ndegeocello is an unassuming colossus whose body of work extends far beyond the early hits and virtuosic bass playing with which she is most associated. “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night),” her taunting and funky breakout single, immediately set her apart as an instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Ndegeocello has remained impossible to typecast, and her versatility knows no bounds. A preternatural synthesist, over three decades and 13 albums, she has mixed and moved across jazz, blues, soul, funk, and reggae, as well as folk and rock.

Blind Boys of Alabama Australian tour

  • Sunday 31 March: Bluesfest
  • Monday 1 April: Bluesfest
  • Thursday, 4 April: City Recital Hall, Sydney
  • Saturday, 6 April: Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne

The Blind Boys of Alabama return to Australia for a very special tour.  With over 75 years of soul-stirring music behind them, the Blind Boys continue their legacy as one of the most recognised and decorated roots music groups in the world.

Since forming at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the 1930s, the Blind Boys have persevered through the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement to become living legends. Their unique gospel sound, blending close harmonies with fervent improvisations, has earned them five Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and performances for three different U.S. presidents.

In recent decades, the Blind Boys have collaborated with artists like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon, and Taj Mahal and they have toured the world over. Their latest album, 2022’s Work to Do with Marc Cohn, showed the group is still as vital as ever.

Now, the two remaining original members, Jimmy Carter and Paul Beasley, lead a fresh generation of Blind Boys into the future. Their concerts are roof-raising, spirited affairs that appeal to audiences of all cultures. With over 75 years behind them, the Blind Boys continue to innovate and inspire through their live shows and new music.

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