Dumpstaphunk was firing on all of their funkiest cylinders at their Suwannee Rising Music Festival set on Saturday. Ivan Neville and his stellar band are no strangers to making the crowd at the Spirit Of The Suwannee move and groove, with over twenty fan-favorite appearances in the park to date. The practice has clearly made them the perfect band to bring the noise on a sunny afternoon. They were certainly happy to be back and even happier to be playing their own music and not the cover sets for which they were usually recruited to play at the now-defunct Wannee Festival.
In years past, Dumpstaphunk’s April appearances at the Suwannee have been dominated by cover sets paying tribute to bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sly & The Family Stone. Those were cool…but it was clearly more enjoyable for them to put a little Dumpsta in their phunk.
With a strong element of down-and-dirty jams from artists like Oteil Burbridge, The New Mastersounds and Ghost-Note preceding them at the festival, Dumpstaphunk got to play to a crowd that was warmed up and ready to dance. The band took full advantage of the opportunity, even recruiting Ghost-Note bassist MonoNeon to join them alongside their other guests, the Naughty Professor horns, in putting on a wild and wooly set that perfectly encapsulated the vibe this new fest is seeking to establish.
With weapons like Ian Neville and Tony Hall on guitar, Devin Trusclair on the drum kit and Nick Daniels on bass, Ivan Neville didn’t need any outside help to funk things up—but hey, it’s not a party unless your friends come over and play! You can check out some of the set’s highlights, including an epic “Up For The Down Stroke”, below thanks to Rex-A-Vision! Enjoy!
Dumpstaphunk w/ MonoNeon – “Up For The Down Stroke” [Parliament cover]
Dumpstaphunk – “I Wish You Would”
Dumpstaphunk – “Justice”
MonoNeon and the Dumpstaphunk crew will all be in action around New Orleans late into the night during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In addition to the official festivities on the fairgrounds, musicians from New Orleans and beyond will deliver a number of exciting nighttime shows during the week-and-change encompassed by Jazz Fest.
Check out a list of Live For Live Music‘s various night shows during Jazz Fest below. For more information, or to grab your tickets today before they’re all gone, head here.