Ivan Neville & Friends Perform Emotional Stevie Wonder Cover On Jam Cruise

template-logo-blkIvan 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 about the Dumpstaphunk piano man’s deeply soulful playing and singing that nearly brings everyone to tears.


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Dumpstaphunk Jammed at JAM CRUISE 14

What more perfect a way to begin a cruise based solely on music than with some funky grooves downloadcare 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 massive amounts of energy to kick things off.  The hot and humorous “Gassman Chronicles” was their next offering, played at a fast clip after a dirty good opening on keys from Ivan Neville.  “Do you smell that?” was his questioning intro to the song.  Well…“they [do] call him ‘funk-alot’” after all.  And there was so much funk in this one — better than album greatness going on.  And then how about a tasty cover from the boys and some featured guests?  How about The Band’s “Don’t Do It” with Amy Helm and Cris Jacobs?  How about this video of how it all went down for your viewing pleasure?

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Ivan Neville’s piano sets at the boat’s atrium have become can’t miss events

Ivan Neville’s intimate piano sets at the boat’s atrium have become can’t miss events. Neville’s transLogo_GSLMatrium 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.


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Phunksgiving – An Evening With Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone & Dust Rays

On Thanksgiving Eve a merry bunch of music lovers descended upon Portchester, New York 1897752_10154388915318146_8056845131768846296_nwith 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 to day than with live music. It was Live For Live Music that booked the three fantastic acts that comprised the second annual Phunksgiving. And it was the Dust Rays, Fishbone, and Dumpstaphunk that imparted the evenings soundtrack, administering the funk with ease and energy to all those in attendance.


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These Were The 10 Best Performances From Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween 2015 is in the books, and what an incredible festival it was! Boasting one of the most template-logo-blkimpressive 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 from all sorts of artists. While you might have some more favorites to add to this list, check out 10 of our favorites!


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Puttin’ 2014 In The Dumpsta: OffBeat Rings In The New Year At The Joy

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.

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Dumpstaphunk-Session-2014-08-28-04-9640_PhotobyJimMimma-lowresThe 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 on her new project, the Nth Power, 25-year-old young gun Alvin Ford, Jr. quickly and quietly took her seat behind the drum set.

But this wasn’t just another drummer exchange in any old band.

By enlisting Ford, Dumpstaphunk founder Ivan Neville returned the undeniably New Orleans band to a lineup of all-native New Orleanians, which is right where he likes it to be. “There’s a certain musical dialogue that New Orleans musicians all know,” Neville says. “A lot of it is unspoken.”

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Nikki Glaspie Parts Ways With Dumpstaphunk

glaspieNew 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 all very proud of. No doubt we’ll be seeing each other down the road. In the mean time, we reached out to our extended family of New Orleans musicians and can confirm that Alvin Ford Jr. will join us on tour starting August 23 in Park City, UT” an announcement from the band reads.

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NPR’s World Cafe Performance + Interview on WXPN 88.5

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 npr_music_rgbof 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 funky musical heritage. Here, the band performs in the studio for World Cafe.



Dumpstaphunk – Dancin’ to the Truth

Looking for some New Year resolutions? How about making one for “Dancin’ to the Truth”? Dumpstaphunk shape TheAlternateRoot_Logothe 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 righteousness of music, and where better to celebrate that spirit than in New Orleans?”


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