Formed in 2003, Dumpstaphunk was initially assembled by keyboardist Ivan Nevilleon a whim, to perform a solo slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.Ivan tastefully selected the unique double-bass attack of both Nick Daniels andTony Hall on bass, enlisted his own bloodlines for the scorching guitar rhythms ofcousin, Ian Neville, and most recently, added the newest member to the group,heavy-hitting female protégé Nikki Glaspie on drums, replacing original powerhouseRaymond Weber. The project has since grown from a chance side-project into whatis now widely considered to be one of New Orleans' most prestigious modern funkensembles. An offspring with a direct lineage to their fathers in The Meters andThe Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for anentire genre.
Dumpstaphunk's musicians have shared the stage with many legendary figures. Ivanand Ian‚ the sons of Neville Brothers Aaron and Art Neville respectively‚ seem toplay their instruments flawlessly, and the dirty funk resonates organically from theirsouls as the offspring and kin of the legendary New Orleans Neville Brothers family.A conservative sample of the impressive list of bands Ivan has either recorded orperformed with includes The Rolling Stones‚ Bonnie Raitt‚ The Neville Brothers,Gov't Mule‚ John Mayer, Keith Richards and The X-pensive Winos, to name afew. Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews have both tapped bassist extraordinaireTony Hall for their own official side projects, and Nick Daniels, who supplementsthe bottom as one of two bass players in the band, boasts an impressive list ofcolleagues including Etta James and Boz Scaggs. Guitarist, Ian Neville has playedwith the likes of Funky Meters, Lettuce & Dr. Klaw with Eric Krasno of Soulive,and recently sitting in and adding some flavor to the Southern Cali reggae fusion ofSlightly Stoopid. Nikki Glaspie, Dumpsta’s newest addition, has performed withBeyoncé, Cee Lo Green, Me'Shell Ndgeocello, Vernon Reid, Maceo of De LaSoul, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and numerous Jazzfest cameos with Metersbassist George Porter Jr., Karl Denson and Soulive.
Dumpstaphunk’s latest 10 song self-released LP, Everybody Want Sum (2010)contains original material including the single “Oughta Know Better” (co-penned byAllman Brothers/Govt. Mule’s Warren Haynes), and a more obscure cover of Meter'sdrummer Zigaboo Modeliste's composition "Standin In Your Stuff". The band’sfirst EP, Listen Hear was also self-released in 2007. Both albums were recorded atNew Orleans' infamous Music Shed Studios in New Orleans, LA and have receivedoutstanding praise from key music tastemakers like Relix Magazine, Off BeatMagazine and Jambase; to name a few.
Not uncommon to the festival and live touring circuit, Dumpstaphunk has unleashednotable performances at some of the nation's largest music extravaganzas includingBonnaroo, VoodooFest, 10,000 Lakes, New Orleans Jazzfest 2005-2011, BearCreek, Wanee, High Sierra, All Good, JamCruise 2011, Gathering of the Vibes,Ottawa Blues Festival, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Monterey Jazz Festival.They have recently supported everyone from Widespread Panic and SlightlyStoopid to Galactic and String Cheese Incident, not to mention sit-ins with DerekTrucks, Mike Gordon from Phish and Warren Haynes, which only begin to scratchthe surface.
Moving forward in 2011, the band continues to develop its sound and further pushthe envelope within a progressive funk sound that has arguably become the mostdefining in the modern genre from New Orleans. The band continues to receiveaccolades and awards such as "New Orleans Best Funk Band" by Offbeat Magazineand Gambit Weekly in 2007 and 2009. They also took home the trophy for BestFunk Award at the 2010 Big Easy Awards. For more information, visit http://www.dumpstaphunk.com