About

Dumpstaphunk stands out amongst New Orleans’ best, cementing themselves as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville and Meters family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship through complex funk, rock, and jazz arrangements accompanied by soulful melodies and Big Easy traditions.

Dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. The band recently welcomed their newest members to the quintet, Devin Trusclair on drums and horn section Alex Wasily on trombone and Ryan Nyther on trumpet, rounding out a 7-piece arsenal. Dumpstaphunk’s most recent single and music video for “Justice” featuring friend Trombone Shorty, conveys a message to fight for equal opportunity and the right to a decent life for all humans. The band is currently in the studio working on their fourth studio album, with plans to release later in 2020.

Dumpstaphunk has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year since 2003 and continues to tour all over the world. The band was honored to recently support The Rolling Stones in New Orleans at the Superdome, as well as on the road with George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic for his farewell tour. Dumpstaphunk has performed on hundreds of festival stages like Bonnaroo, Dead & Company’s Playing in the Sand, Lockn Festival, Jam Cruise, NYC’s Summerstage, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Fuji Rock Festival; and you never know who may appear as a guest on stage with the band on any given night. Guest appearances have included Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Chaka Khan, John Oates, Lukas Nelson, Dean Ween, Jerry Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Marcus King, Tower of Power and the list goes on.

DUMPSTAPHUNK is….

Ivan Neville – keyboards/vocals
Tony Hall – bass/guitar/vocals
Ian Neville – guitar
Nick Daniels III – bass/vocals
Devin Trusclair – drums
Alex Wasily – trombone
Ryan Nyther – trumpet

“I don’t expect to hear anything funkier this year.” – Jon Pareles, New York Times

“[A] jackpot of a funk record from Dumpstaphunk.” –WNYC

“Dumpstaphunk’s self-produced sonic approach feels live, nasty, and greasy. The band’s writing celebrates community, self-reliance, and social responsibility.” –iTunes

“Dumpstaphunk’s ‘If I’m In Luck’ brings the bass… boasts a fiery lead vocal from drummer Nikki Glaspie” –USA Today

“Funksters and those who relish solid musicianship and incredible vocal harmonies can just be glad that an album like Dirty Word is still being made — that the ‘one nation under a groove’ remains vital. It’s a head noddin’, booty shakin’ disc…” –Louisiana Weekly

“If Dumpstaphunk was a 3 course meal it would start with a juicy rhythm section, then move on to a beautiful arrangement of guitars and keys, seasoned with some soulful vocals and add a pinch of Cosmic Slop for good measure.”
Austin Chronicle

Dirty Word offers a remarkably fresh update on a sometimes neglected genre.” –Mix Magazine

“[Dirty Word] stands on its own as the harbinger of a new style of 21st century funk.” –The Vinyl District

“Dumpstaphunk has grown from a small side project into one of New Orleans’ most prestigious modern funk ensembles.” – Rolling Stone

PRESS

Ivan Neville’s solo piano sets in the luxurious Atrium room on Jam Cruise have come to be a highly anticipated staple of the sea-bound fest. With just about every influential funk artist on the lineup, fans aboard the boat are constantly treated to once in a lifetime sit-ins and collaborations, but there’s something particularly special […]

What more perfect a way to begin a cruise based solely on music than with some funky grooves care of New Orleans’ own Dumpstaphunk?  It was straight funk out of the gate with a wailing instrumental piece from the boys in this awesome band.  Soulful and just down right nasty, horns a-blazin’ away and with […]

Ivan Neville’s intimate piano sets at the boat’s atrium have become can’t miss events. Neville’s atrium set on Sunday was no exception as he told the stories behind notable tunes and welcomed a handful of musicians to join him throughout the performance.   read more…

On Thanksgiving Eve a merry bunch of music lovers descended upon Portchester, New York with full intent to loosen up, get down, and kick off the holiday season in style. Peter Shapiro’s recently revamped Capitol Theatre provided the perfect conduit for such endeavors as there is no better way to escape from the monotony of the day […]

Suwannee Hulaween 2015 is in the books, and what an incredible festival it was! Boasting one of the most impressive lineups around, Hulaween delivered three full days (and a fourth night!) of stellar performances at the beautiful Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL . Hosted by The String Cheese Incident, the festival boasted killer sets […]

On New Year’s Eve, an annual over-blown affair of exuberant cover charges and absurd, societal-induced expectations to pass a good time, the Joy Theater hosted a funky trifecta at the restored landmark with local favorites Jon Cleary, Dumpstaphunk and the New Mastersounds. read more…

The effect of landing the right drummer in the right band at the right time cannot be underestimated. When Virginia-born, New York-based drummer Nikki Glaspie joined New Orleans funk powerhouse Dumpstaphunk in 2011, she energized and galvanized the band after the departure of founding drummer Raymond Weber. After Glaspie left Dumpstaphunk earlier this year to focus […]

New Orleans funk act Dumpstaphunk has announced they will soon part ways with drummer Nikki Glaspie. Nikki’s departure was amicable as she has decided to focus full-time on The Nth Power. Glaspie joined Dumpstaphunk in 2011. “We love Nikki and wish her nothing but the best moving forward. We’ve shared many amazing shows together, along with an album we’re […]

Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business. The group’s new album, Dirty Word, features a number of guest stars, including Ani DiFranco, who lives in New Orleans, and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.The record hints at gospel, blues, R&B and rock while still preserving Dumpstaphunk’s […]

Looking for some New Year resolutions? How about making one for “Dancin’ to the Truth”? Dumpstaphunk shape the spirit of New Orleans’ renowned street celebrations into the tune. “Every time Dumpstaphunk performs that song, we dedicate it to all the music lovers out there,” keyboardist and vocalist Ivan Neville explained. “We’re talking about the healing power and the […]