I went last night to the Howlin Wolf to see Snarky Puppy with Banda Magda. It was awesome.
Magda actually played with members of Snarky Puppy, which was amazing. She only brought a keyboard player, and a guitarist along. The rest of the band was made up by most of the members of Snarky Puppy, including one of their guitarists, their two percussionists, sax player, trumpet player and of course the bass player. Not just saying that because I love playing bass too.
Magda started her set with a song in Portuguese, I think. Still tired at the time of this writing. She did some songs in French, she did another song in Portuguese and even one in Greek! And of course she closed with Amour, T’es La. That’s easily her biggest song right now and a few people shouted out.
The band took a half hour break afterwards. I immediately went to the merch table to find Magda. Just as I get there and try to go pick up a copy of her album, she disappears. Just like Batman in a movie, I look away for a second and look back again and she’s just not there. I go through buying the Banda Magda album and a Snarky Puppy tshirt, and she comes back, and I get the album signed!
She asked me where I’m from (to be fair, so many people in New Orleans aren’t from around here) and I told her Puerto Rico. She talked to me in Spanish, and introduced me to her Argentinian guitarist, Ignacio Hernandez. Ended up talking with him more than Magda. He was cool, and he definitely is an amazing guitar player.
After about 10 or 20 minutes, Snarky Puppy started their set. I can’t put into words how good they are. Thankfully the fact that they’ve won Grammys makes it so I don’t have to. It was pretty crazy. Two guitarists, two keyboard players, two trumpet players, one sax player, two drummers and one bass player make for a funky, funky sound. At one point, they launched into an awesome extended medley of Give Up The Funk and Thank You (Fallentin Me Be Mice Elf Agin).