ULTIMATE EARS PRESENTS….DUMPSTAPHUNK
“Dumpstaphunk is the best funk band from New Orleans right now.” – The New York Times
“Ivan’s so good…I play with him.” – Keith Richards
Formed in 2003, Dumpstaphunk was initially assembled by keyboardist Ivan Neville on a whim to perform a solo slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Ivan immediately selected the unique double-bass attack of both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on bass, handpicked rock solid local legend Raymond Weber to man the skins, and enlisted his own bloodlines for the scorching guitar rhythms of fledgling up n’ comer, and younger cousin, Ian Neville, to round out a line-up of some of the Crescent City’s finest and funkiest musical cohorts! Dumpstaphunk’s informal performance became that of immediate legend. The project has since grown from chance side-project into what is now widely considered to be one of New Orleans’ most popular and modern musical exports. With a direct lineage to The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre.
Dumpstaphunk was awarded “New Orleans Best Funk Band” by Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly in 2007 and 2009, and most recently the trophy for Best Funk Award at the 2010 Big Easy Awards. Not uncommon to the festival circuit, Dumpstaphunk has unleashed notable performances at some of the nation’s largest music extravaganzas, including Bonnaroo, VoodooFest, 10,000 Lakes, New Orleans Jazzfest, Bear Creek, Wanee, High Sierra, and Gathering of the Vibes.
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