Dumpstaphunk & Earphunk
Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
18 years and over
DUMPSTAPHUNK: A decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.
From annual performances at New Orleans' Jazz Fest -- "The colossal low end and filthy grooves they threw down from the Gentilly Stage must have set a Jazz Fest record for baddest bass jams ever." (Bass Player Magazine, 2012) -- to music rooms and festivals across the nation (Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, All Good, High Sierra and beyond), Dumpstaphunk continues to spread an unmistakably New Orleans groove with hard-hitting performances that dare listeners not to move.
“We always keep the spontaneity going, that’s something I love about this band," says Ivan. “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's summer 2013 release, Dirty Word, re-imagines their genre, holding true to the opinionated, vintage funk of Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic, but with a modern edge that forays into gospel, blues, second-line, R&B and straight-up rock n’ roll. True to New Orleans tradition, Dumpsta’s friends and family Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, Art Neville, Ani DiFranco, Skerik, the Groovelive horns and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers kick the Dirty Word sessions up a notch.
"The whole record speaks to the righteousness of music. We’re not necessarily telling a specific story, but expressing how music makes things right for everyone in their own way. Our fans can feel that vibe and let it take them wherever they need to.”
“We just hope to spread the good word through funk," added Glaspie. "If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we're doing what we set out to do."
For tour dates and to download two songs from Dirty Word, visitwww.dumpstaphunk.com
EARPHUNK: Hailing from the Crescent City, Earphunk has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The prog-funk quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production. Earphunk has performed in more than 120 cities over the past few months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival and Bear Creek Music Festival, as well as sharing the stage with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the Greyboy Allstars, Galactic, Big Gigantic, members of Lettuce, Juno What?!, the New Mastersounds, Particle, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, and Perpetual Groove.