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One man’s trash…

Photo by Renée Shadforth/action Tony Hall (left) and Ivan Neville get funky during their first set at the Crystal Bay Club.

Since the Funky Meters are only kind-of-sort-of together these days, Dumpstaphunk just might take the prize for the funkiest band around.This group of New Orleans musicians brought their classic brand of funk – mashed up with a little soul and R&B in the mix – to the Crystal Bay Club earlier this month.

Dumpstaphunk’s first gig was the 2003 New Orleans Jazz Festival. For the next couple years, they toured around the country, getting people from coast to coast off their butts to bust a move.”The combination of guys we have is great,” Ivan Neville said. “We all love the chemistry we have together, and it’s awesome. We couldn’t wait to get out with Dumpstaphunk and do more shows.”Then, Hurricane Katrina brought big changes for Dumpstaphunk.

“After the Katrina thing, we just kind of scattered about,” Neville said. “For the most part, most of my guys went to Austin, (Texas).”When the band members – Neville, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville, Tony Hall and Raymond Webber – found their ways back to one another, they started to tour with intensity. They’ve hit clubs from Colorado’s ski towns to San Francisco, from Tahoe to New York City.For those who missed the Tahoe show, check out for Dumpstaphunk’s 2005 New Orleans Jazz Festival performance recording. They don’t have a studio album, yet, but that’s on the way, Neville said.

“Anybody who’s out there, if you haven’t checked out Dumpstaphunk, you should,” Neville said. “It is the funkiest band around; the funkiest band I know.”To sign up for the Dumpstaphunk mailing list, go to

The definition of Dumpstaphunk?Ivan Neville (keyboards): Played with his dad, Aaron, and uncles in the Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and Keith RichardsTony Hall (guitar/bass): Played with Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan and the Neville Brothers

Raymond Webber: Played with Dirty Dozen, Trey Anastasio and Harry ConnickNick Daniels: Played with Boz Scaggs, Etta James and the Neville BrothersIan Neville: Played with his dad, Art, in the Neville Brothers and the Funky Meters.

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