(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
Drawing on mastery of all of the tools that make funk music what it is, Dumpstaphunk is a self-assured, borderline supergroup that is at least supercharged. The term supergroup has worn to dilution when considering some past projects, though Dumpstaphunk does not fall into the disappointing side of putting a batch of seasoned players together.
The musically pedigreed quintet includes Ivan and Ian Neville, the sons of Aaron and Art Neville respectively. Ivan has performed with a slew of stars including Rufus and Keith Richards, while Ian cut his teeth in the Neville Brothers Band. D-phunk drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie backed Beyonce in the early years, while the double-bass player attack (yes, two basses!) of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III bring plenty of soul while adding plenty of junk to the trunk. The bottom line is this: the idea of a heavy, pulsing