Status: Victory Lap
Why You Should Pay Attention: Few bands at SXSW can match the range of Snarky Puppy, the best jazz-fusion band ever to come out of Denton, Texas. Two years after winning a Best R&B Performance Grammy for a collaboration with Lalah Hathaway, the sextet's Family Dinner, Volume 2 pairs their rich, slightly surreal sound against artists like David Crosby and Brazilian flautist Carlos Malta. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the former recently described the group as "fine players having a blast playing intelligent, beautifully written compositions that swung hard." They nabbed their second Grammy a few weeks ago for their collaboration with the Netherlands' Metropole Orkest.