Dumpstaphunk brings the funk to Carbondale
CARBONDALE – Dumpstaphunk, the down-and-dirty funk band founded nearly nine years ago by several Crescent City music veterans, returns to the Roaring Fork Valley Friday for a show at PAC3 in Carbondale.Sporting two sons of members of the quintessential New Orleans family outfit the Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk has performed in the Aspen area on several occasions over the years, the last time being March for a brief Sunday afternoon appearance at Base Village in Snowmass. The band is led by singer-keyboardist Ivan Neville, son of the popular r&b crooner Aaron Neville, and features young guitarist Ian Neville, son of Art Neville, whose keyboard prowess helped to propel the Neville Brothers and The Meters to fame.Rounding out the lineup are stalwarts Nick Daniels on bass and Tony Hall on bass and guitar; Nikki Glaspie replaced original drummer Raymond Weber after Weber was fired from the band last July. The PAC3 show is sandwiched between two other Colorado gigs; the five-piece unit was scheduled for Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Thursday and will hit Gondola Plaza in Steamboat Springs on Saturday before returning to New Orleans on Sunday for a Mardi Gras show at The Howlin’ Wolf. “We continue to grow musically and our new drummer has brought new flavor to the group,” Daniels said. “We’re doing some different styles of songs and recording a new CD, and it sounds great.” Over the years, Dumpstaphunk has earned numerous accolades, including Best Funk Band in 2007 and 2009 by New Orleans publications OffBeat and Gambit Weekly – no easy feat in a town renowned for the genre. Their touring schedule is typically heavy, with a mix of festival and club dates, and the band has supported the likes of Widespread Panic, Slightly Stoopid, Galactic and String Cheese Incident. Daniels said PAC3 patrons can expect to hear the band’s typical all-out funky jams, which involve a heavy bass groove, and mostly consist of original material. “We’re gonna be doing our normal songs and maybe a couple of things from the new CD, plus maybe a few of the old classics,” he said. “We do a few Meters songs here and there.”Songwriting is largely a collaborative effort, Daniels said, as are the band’s vocals. “We all sing,” he said. Hall, an energetic presence who has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris in the past, often gives the appearance of being the band’s front man and has been known to chat up the crowds.”We don’t play at home a lot,” Daniels said. When they do play in New Orleans, the crowds follow, as was evidenced during packed Halloween-weekend shows at the famous venue Tipitina’s and a slot at the outdoor VoodooFest event in City Park. While the performance venues change a lot, the crowds are typically the same and enthusiastic about the Dumpstaphunk sound, which critics have described as a fresh spin on the classic 1970s funk theme. Daniels and Ivan Neville moved to Austin, Texas, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Daniels declined to go into detail about the effect of the devastating storm on him and his family, saying “everybody in New Orleans was personally affected.” He said he enjoys Austin but is not too involved in its thriving music scene.”It’s a great musical town but I never get the opportunity to indulge in it because we’re always on the road,” he said. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, held the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May, will mark the nine-year anniversary of Dumpstaphunk. “You do what you love and we all love what we do, so as long as we love what we’re doing we’ll be together,” Daniels email@example.com
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