Forged in the jazz labs of Denton, Texas, this hard-touring big band reclaims the ground where sophisticated jazz meets music for dancing. Led by composer-bassist Michael League, Snarky Puppy dazzles without the useless razzle. League keeps things taut yet homey with driving percussion, playfully Polyester analog synth lines, the occasional Brazilian tinge, and solos of refreshing concision. Their recent Amkeni is an afrobeat-gospel spectacle featuring Burundi-born singer Bukuri Celestin.
Mon., Sept. 2, 8 p.m., 2013