Funk Fun on the ‘Front

Get ready for a booty shakin’ good time on Sunday! Big Easy-based funk powerhouse Dumpstaphunk will invade the First Tech Blues Stage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Sunday at 6:45.

If you aren’t having fun at a Dumpstaphunk show, you may need a medical check up.

This five-piece supergroup features Ivan Neville on vocals, B-3 Hammond organ, and clav; a double bass slap to the face from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III; Ian Neville on guitar; and Nikki Glaspie on drums. After just over a decade of extensive touring born of their 2003 debut at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk has redefined funk music. Says Ivan Neville, “We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is.”

Dumpstaphunk comes from a long tradition of New Orleans funk, preceded by historic acts like The Meters, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and The Explosions. Cousins Ivan and Ian descend from the iconic New Orleans Neville family, renowned for decades of American soul/funk/rhythm and blues.

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Dumpstaphunk’s latest release, “Dirty Word,” stretches the conventions of funk by effortlessly blending genres and employing outside musical forces like Trombone Shorty and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea (Yes, they have THREE bass players on the same track). Regarding “Dirty Word,” Jon Pareles of The New York Times says, “I don’t expect to hear anything funkier this year.”

If you thought you would be too tired to shake a tail feather by Sunday, you better think again. The bodily contortions induced by Dumstaphunk can range from comedic to physically dangerous – and are definitely not a thing to be missed, whether you participate, or just watch!

“Ivan’s so good…I play with him.” ~Keith Richards

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Click here for the full Sunday Blues Festival Schedule.

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