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Marolyn Garo was making pizzas this afternoon -- it's one of her day jobs.

In her head, she was singing melodies.

"Snarky Puppy is playing at the Neighborhood Theater and they are probably one of my favorite bands -- ever," she said.

Snarky Puppy is a group that started off small. They took a grassroots approach. They hail from Texas and New York, but Charlotte music lovers have welcomed them as family -- as if they were born here.

"There seems to be a good, young musician population here," trumpet player Mike Mahur said. "In the cities that we do well, there tends to be a music community like that."

Over the past few years, they were playing local, intimate clubs like the Evening Muse -- holding around 100 fans. Now, they are selling out larger venues all over the world and have added a Grammy Award to their resume.

Much of their success can be attributed to YouTube -- where their live, in-studio albums are uploaded for the world to see. They have millions of YouTube plays. That, along with relentless touring.

Still, excelling in jazz, they aren't, yet, household names. At the Grammy's they weren't exactly recognized by mainstream media.

"Oh there's Ryan Seacrest, oh, there's Taylor Swift -- nobody came and said anything to us," guitarist Mark Lettieri joked. "We were able to just walk down there, chilling, looking at the celebrities. 'Oh, there's Quincy Jones.' Nobodies going to come and bother us -- it was like being a fly on the wall on the red carpet."

In Charlotte, their music hits home to many. Why do fans love their music? It's simple.

"Because they can dance," fan Shago Elizondo said. "You can't help it, they just have the essentials of groove to everything they do."

The group just released a new album, titled, "We Like It Here."




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