Pensacola Beach’s DeLuna Fest will keep your dance card full of music for three days this month, but after the festival ends each night, you will be ready for more. A number of venues around town are hosting your favorite bands after the festival ends for the night.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk is one of the bands that will keep the music going late on into the night.
The band formed in 2003, originally to perform a solo show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
If major festivals are a sign of a band’s success, popularity and talent, then Dumpstaphunk is huge. They have played some of the most notable music festivals in the country: Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, 10,000 Lakes, New Orleans Jazzfest 2005-2012, Bear Creek, Wanee, High Sierra, All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, Ottawa Blues Festival, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Monterey Jazz Festival.
On top of the festival circuit, they have also been on tour with and supported everyone from Widespread Panic and Slightly Stoopid to Galactic and String Cheese Incident. Often sitting in with musicians like Derek Trucks, Mike Gordon from Phish and Warren Haynes.
IN was fortunate enough to talk to Ian Neville, son of Art Neville from New Orleans’ own Neville Brothers, and cousin to Dumpstaphunk founder Ivan Neville. Ian Neville has played with the Funky Meters, Lettuce & Dr. Klaw with Eric Krasno of Soulive. Recently, he sat in and provided his guitar style to Slightly Stoopid shows.
IN: When did it dawn on you the important role your family plays in the music industry?
NEVILLE: In New Orleans, there is a different vibe. It is a small town so, because it is my family it was amplified ten times. The genre was not my first go-to music. I came back to the family style. I was on the road and traveling to places like San Francisco, a sister city to New Orleans where I became exposed to psychedelic and rage music.
IN: What was your first band?
NEVILLE: I had a band in about sixth or seventh grade. After that, it was the Meters, from 13 years old on. I have some side projects like Dr. Klaw.
IN: You could have pursued any line of work, when did you decide on the family business of making music?
NEVILLE: There is no other job that is this much fun. It was not a conscience decision really. I was attending Loyola and really wanted to get out of school.
IN: Dumpstaphunk’s progressive funk sound—was it on purpose or did it happen organically?
NEVILLE: We all started out with a heavy funk foundation. We were all funk fans. It was our roots, where we were from and what we grew up with. We had all been around a core group of funk musicians and we drew from our favorite bands. We just do it – it is not science.
IN: Are you getting better with age?
NEVILLE: We are tighter and more developed. We are finishing a new record, and it has been painless in the studio. Spending time on the road, time in the studio, repeat.
IN: Expected release date, name and label please.
NEVILLE: Release sometime in January 2013, the name of the album is Dirty Word and we are shopping for a label at the moment. We would rather make our own hole instead of standing in the hole they [record companies] make for you.
IN: Is there someone in the music industry that you would really like to work with?
NEVILLE: Rick Rubin, I would like him to produce some of our stuff. I would like to see his take on the music, to see what his vibe would be.
IN: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
NEVILLE: I don’t have one I can think of. I get to play music with a ton of great people; I never saw that coming. If I made a list of all the people I have jammed with, came through our house when I was growing up, or showed up at a show, it would astound even me. Just last week Chaka Khan came up on stage, and later in the same week, George Clinton.
IN: Who is in your CD player right now?
NEVILLE: A bunch of CDs a friend gave me of live shows from the ‘70s, flower power stuff. Some Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin. My go-to, though, is WeFunk Radio out of Montreal, Canada.
IN: Since you are always so busy, what do you do with your time off?
NEVILLE: We have been in the studio a lot finishing the record. I sat through a hurricane recently … We left the city for a couple of days, played a gig, then returned. Rather like being, reverse evacuated.
IN: What can the crowd at DeLuna Fest and later at Vinyl expect from your show?
NEVILLE: Get ready for a whole double bass attack in your face.
IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK
8:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Heritage Stage
Other shows that will keep the party going:
Friday, September 21
10 p.m., Fishbone at Vinyl Music Hall, $5
10 p.m., Timberhawk at the Islander, Free
Saturday, September 22
10 p.m., Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk at Vinyl Music Hall, $10
10 p.m., Timberhawk at the Islander, Free
Sunday, September 23
10 p.m., Twothirtyeight, Paloma, Mrenc at the Handlebar, $8/$10