Ivan Neville Defines Funk at the Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans

As we spoke, he described the influence of the stars he’s performed with over the years. From the Neville Brothers he learned to leave windows open in complicated musical arrangements. At one time, he said, he tried to play everything he knew in every song. But fellow Neville Brothers Band keyboardist Gerald Tillman advised him that where funk is concerned, less is more. From Bonnie Raitt he learned to patiently hone his musical craft while putting in time on the road. From Robbie Robertson he learned to ruminate over an idea until a song naturally emerges. From guitar legend Keith Richards he learned the power of a compelling riff.



The New York Times Says: I Don’t Expect to Hear Anything Funkier this Year.

The New York Times says: New Orleans never needed a soul revival. Funk, soul and old-fashioned R&B are still live dance music in the city’s clubs. And while many New Orleans funk bands rely on the city’s trove of oldies, some are generating new material — including Dumpstaphunk, the band that plays the city’s hardest-hitting funk…..Outside New Orleans, “Dirty Word” could sound like a throwback to the 1970s: performed instead of programmed, community minded instead of self-absorbed. But for New Orleans music, it’s simple continuity, done right. I don’t expect to hear anything funkier this year. – JON PARELES, The New York Times.



The New York Times Press Play debuts Dirty Word before it drops 7/30


The New York Times just got down with the DUMPSTA!! Streaming our new album on “Press Play” all this week before we drop the DIRTY WORD nationwide July 30…who DAT!!!





Mix Magazine: Dumpstaphunk, Looking Back, Looking Ahead

mix_logo_07It’s been 10 years since the New Orleans good-time party band Dumpstaphunk—spearheaded by keyboardist/singer Ivan Neville and his guitar-playing cousin Ian Neville (sons of Aaron and Art Neville)—made their debut at the Crescent City’s famed Jazz & Heritage Festival. But in some ways, it feels like they’re only hitting their stride now, with the late-July release of just their second full album, Dirty Word. With nods to soul/funk pioneers Sly & the Family Stone, and various other ’60s and ’70s funkateers (including The Meters, headed by Art Neville), Dirty Word offers a remarkably fresh update on a sometimes neglected genre.



USA Today Premieres “If I’m in Luck”

USA-TODAY_150New track features three bassists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: Dumpstaphunk’s If I’m in Luck brings the bass. The track from the New Orleans funk collective’s forthcoming Dirty Word album features three bassists — two that usually play with the group, Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, plus Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If I’m in Luck, which premieres at USA TODAY, also boasts a fiery lead vocal from drummer Nikki Glaspie, formerly a member of Beyoncé’s all-female band….



Glide Magazine – Dirty Word (4 Stars!)

glide_logo_300-150x150Coming from their hometown of New Orleans, Dumpstaphunk have steadily expanded their sound to achieve global funk success.  Dirty Word is the latest from the band and shows off the professional funkateers in winning fashion.“Dancing To The Truth” begins the disk with some restrained slower, syrupy beats while drummer (and newest Dumpsta addition) Nikki Glaspie keeps things minimal with fantastic results behind front man Ivan Neville’s keyboard runs. The groove stays juicy for the title track along with “I Wish You Would” adding instrumental stylings (with limited vocals) via horns and bounce that could go on forever.

READ MORE A Few Minutes With Ivan Neville

pollstar.logo.smallIvan Neville talks with Pollstar about his band Dumpstaphunk, the group’s upcoming new album and the “different types of funk.” You would think that being born with the last name of “Neville” would pretty much dictate a life playing music, what with The Neville Brothers as well as the individual careers of Art, Charles, Aaron and Cyril. Like his famous father Aaron and his musical uncles making up The Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville has blazed his own path in music. Founded in 2003, Dumpstaphunk quickly became a regular on the festival circuit. That is, when it’s not selling out its own headlining dates. With the band’s third studio album, Dirty Word, scheduled to drop July 30 via Louisiana Red Hot Records/E1 Distribution, Neville talked with Pollstar last week about Dumpstaphunk, saying it’s not just about funk but rock, pop and a whole lot more.

READ MORE Dumpstaphunk – Dirty Word Review

ob_logo has a few simple missions on its second full-length CD: To make a modern album steeped in the funk tradition; to show the strengths of its new lineup (with drummer and sometime-singer Nikki Glaspie) and high-profile friends; and, oh yeah, to change the world. Other than that it’s a pretty modest record. From the opening “Dancing to the Truth,” it’s clear that this is a message album—but fear not, the message is mostly the same communal one that George Clinton offered on One Nation Under a Groove (and Clinton’s influence doesn’t end there: The addition of strong female voices—Glaspie and on one track, Ani DiFranco—allows for layered vocals out of P-Funk’s trickbag). While live Dumpstaphunk is all about groove, this disc gives equal weight to Ivan Neville’s songwriting: “Take Time”, “They Don’t Care” and “Water” all return to the message of self-reliance and personal responsibility that he’s put forward in the past. The lyrics reference his cleaned-up lifestyle, but stay positive enough to (usually) avoid slipping into preachiness. In that sense it’s a close cousin to the last Neville Brothers albumWalking in the Shadow of Life, on which Ivan played a major part.



Relix Magazine Reviews New Album Dirty Word

relix_logo-150Dumpstaphunk make a convincing case that party music can rattle the bones and brighten the mind. Keyboardist Ivan Neville, son of Aaron, takes after his uncle Art Neville’s band The Meters with this group. Cousin Ian Neville, who happens to be Art Neville’s son, joins on guitar and, in an unorthodox decision even for funk music, two bass players are simultaneously unleashed atop Nikki Glaspie’s ferocious drumming and vocals. Album-wide, they communicate positive vibrations through dance numbers. The opener, “Dance to the Truth,” states the manifesto amid a harmonized riff on the basses. “Dirty Word,” with Ani DiFranco on vocals, rides its syncopated heart through degrees of nastiness. The dual basses make each song deeper and denser. Outrageously, yet another bass—courtesy of Flea—plays on their cover of Betty Davis’ “If I’m in Luck.” This wouldn’t be Crescent City funk without crucial guests and the stutter shuffle beat on drums. Art Neville and Trombone Shorty contribute to “Raise The House,” a perfect Carnival tune that ends the record with an exhilarating bang.



Dumpstaphunk Talk Funk, the Dirtiest Four-Letter Word, at Bonnaroo

Rolling_Stone_Magazine-logo-C42394B570-seeklogo.comNew Orleans funkateers Dumpstaphunk sat down backstage with Benjy Eisen at Bonnaroo to chat about the group’s latest record, Dirty Word, and the myriad influences they bring to their tunes. Frontman Ivan Neville – the son of the Neville Brothers’ Aaron – chatted about having Joseph “Ziagoboo” Medeliste’s drum set sitting in his living room for six months and a particular Rolling Stones concert at Giants Stadium, where he ended up missing his chance to play live with the band: “I was flown up there by Keith [Richards] to come and hang out and sit in with the Stones, and I did not play with the Stones that night because I passed out in the dressing room – I was over-served,” Neville said. “I woke up and the show was over, and they were gone!”


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