Nearly a decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the "Big Easy" tradition of a good time. The all-star collective features Ivan Neville on keys, the unique double-bass attack of veterans Tony Hall and Nick Daniels, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums.
From annual performances at New Orleans' Jazz Fest -- "The colossal low end and filthy grooves they threw down from the Gentilly Stage must have set a Jazz Fest record for the baddest bass jams ever." (Bass Player, 2012) -- to an aggressive touring schedule with noteworthy appearances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Hangout, All Good, High Sierra, VoodooExperience, Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Wanee and Jam Cruise to name a few, Dumpstaphunk continue to redefine their genre with a signature groove that dares listeners not to move.
New music from Dumpstaphunk's forthcoming studio album Dirty Word (due May 2013) reflects the opinionated, vintage funk of their forefathers in The Meters, Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament/Funkadelic, with a modern edge, coupled with additional forays into New Orleans traditional, gospel, blues, and straight-up Rock n’ Roll! Dirty Word also boasts multiple guest appearances by Dumpsta's friends and family including Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, The Rebirth Brass Band, Art Neville, Ani Di Franco, Skerik, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Ivan reflects, “We always keep the spontaneity going, that’s something I love about this band. We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is.”
“We just hope to spread the good word through funk," said drummer Glaspie. "If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we're doing what we set out to."
For tour dates and an exclusive first listen of Dirty Word, visit www.dumpstaphunk.com.
“I have a new favorite New Orleans funk band: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk." -- New York Times
"One of the hippest funk bands in the land.” -- Guitar Player
"Dumpstaphunk remains synonymous with New Orleans and anyone from NOLA would be proud to call this their official band.” -- JamBase
"Ivan's so good, I play with him." -- Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones
The Meters Experience featuring guitarist Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)
Guitar- Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)
Bass- Bill "The Buddha" Dickens
Drums- Adrian Harpham
Guest Performer- Mark Rechler
Special Guest on Keyboards- Danny Louis (Gov't Mule)
Known throughout the music industry as the “funkiest, fast-fingered” guitarist there is, a musician who can control your mind, body and soul with his experience, superior talent, musical mastery and inimitable style, he is LEO NOCENTELLI.
Leo is the lead guitarist, composer, innovator and the musical originator of the syncopated funk-style that won international acclaim for him and the band known as the “Pioneers of Funk”, The Meters, the Grammy’s 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.
In the two decades plus, Leo’s sound and styles, ranging from Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip-hop, Rap to Rock, have added to the creation of his own unique brand of blazing musicianship. He has accompanied and collaborated with artists as varied as his style.
As the sole writer of such hits as (to name a few) of Cissy Strut, Look A Py Py, Same Ol’ Thing, Rigor Mortis, Funky Miracle, 9 to 5, Ease Back, Lonesome and unwanted People, The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather, and Cordova (and at times generously sharing credits with a vehicle he called The Meters), Nocentelli gained early recognition amongst his peers.
Over the years, Leo has continued to write well over 200 songs individually, as well as collaboratively, adding to an already charted list of hits such as, People Say, Ain’t No Use, Fire On the Bayou, and the Mardi Gras anthem, Hey Pocky Way (the last two songs were recorded by the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers).
In the recording studio, Leo has identifiably proven that his original innovation in mastering his sound has gained the respect and demand that has led him to become a “featured” guitarist. In addition to recording with a distinguished list of his peers, Leo has recorded with a list of Grammy Award Winners such as, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, The Winans, The Supremes, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, George Duke, The Dells, Jack Bruce, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Womack, Al McKay, (Earth, Wind & Fire), and Robbie Robertson. The list continues with Academy Award winner Robert Mitchum. Other artists Leo has recorded with include, Mavis Staple, Etta James, Maceo Parker, Professor Longhair, Willie T, James Black, Lee Dorsey, James Booker and Jesse Roden.