Purple Hatter's Ball Adds Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, And More April 04, 2017 11:32

Photo by Staged Right

Purple Hat Productions has announced several artist additions for the tenth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball including New Orleans funk stalwarts Dumpstaphunk and live electronic four-piece Zoogma along with NickFRESH, POST.MODEM, Booty Boo, Jeff Randall, and Ion Zide.

Taking place at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida June 2 -4, 2017, the three-day music festival benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

For guests that want to arrive early, PHB will host a Thursday Pre-Party on June 1 with Zach Deputy, Dubconscious, Bells and Robes, and Blackwater Grease. Tickets on sale now.

PHB 2017 will utilize three stages including the famed Amphitheater Stage, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River that is picturesque for daytime sets, and the Uncle Charles Porch Stage. The event also features live art, yoga, workshops and a silent auction, as well as a Charity Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Zach Deputy. Since Rachel was an aspiring chef, PHB will be adding a culinary component for 2017 featuring food from several top notch chefs that will be announced at a later date.

The most memorable moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Each year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on.

A limited number of early bird tickets for $79 + taxes and fees are on sale now. Tickets will include three days of music and primitive camping. VIP upgrades are available, as well as tickets for the Thursday Pre-Party. The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. SOSMP will be offering a specially priced packaged that includes a cabin for four and golf cart for the weekend. To join the wait list for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hook-ups, please contact SOSMP at (386) 364-1683.
Purple Hatter’s Ball 2017 Lineup:
Perpetual Groove
Zach Deputy
The Russ Liquid Test
Roosevelt Collier Band
The Malah
Catfish Alliance
Trial By Stone
Juanjamon Band
Parker Urban Band
Universal Green
Dead Keys Tribute to Scott Campbell
Lucky Costello
Vlad The Inhaler
Albert Simpson
Booty Boo*
Jeff Randall*
Ion Zide*
Isaac Corbitt (artist-at-large)
*new addition

Thursday Pre-Party:
Zach Deputy
Bells and Robes
Blackwater Grease

About The Rachel Morningstar Foundation: The Rachel Morningstar Foundation exists to help the public understand the benefit of guidelines for law enforcement's use of confidential informants (CIs). Currently each state, county, city, college campus or law enforcement agency sets their own standards, laws or guidelines as it relates to recruiting and using CIs. The efforts of this foundation are dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. The first of its kind in the U.S., Rachel’s Law, a Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2009, established new guidelines for law enforcement when dealing with confidential informants.

Jazz Fest Announces Major Lineup For 2017 January 27, 2017 11:09

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has revealed its lineup for 2017, which includes many of the biggest names from all genres.  The annual festival, held in New Orleans, LA from April 28th to May 7th at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, will feature the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings Of Leon, Pitbull, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr, Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, NAS with the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, George Benson, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Leon Bridges, Anders Osborne, Galactic, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists,  and many more.  See below for the full lineup, and  head over to the official Jazz Fest website for all of the official details.
Watch the official 2017 Jazz Fest lineup announcement video here:

Watch Mike Gordon Sit-In With Dumpstaphunk On "Funky Bitch" In Denver September 02, 2016 13:00

As Phish prepares for its annual three-night summer tour closer at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in in Commerce City, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the weekend.  The excitement includes a number of both pre-parties and after-parties surrounding all three shows.  Phish bassist Mike Gordon went ahead and got his weekend started early, as he sat-in with New Orleans funk outfit Dumpstaphunk for a cover of Son Seals' "Funky Bitch" at Cervantes in Denver on Thursday night.  

Reports say Gordon also added to Dumpstaphunk’s cover of DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean.”  This guest appearance came as no surprise to many fans, as Gordon sat in with Dumpstaphunk at this same venue prior to the Dick's run in 2014.

Watch Dumpstaphunk perform "Funky Bitch" with Mike Gordon here:

Video by Long J

Live & Listen's Gumpstock to feature Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk on April 8th March 01, 2016 01:33

Live & Listen is pleased to announce the details on a brand new event scheduled for Friday, April 8th at the Capital City Club in Montgomery, Alabama starting at 7:00PM  One of New Orleans' hottest bands, Dumpstaphunk, will headline the first annual Gumpstock, an event which looks to become a major annual music event in central Alabama.  Dumpstaphunk is led by New Orleans-based musician Ivan Neville (keyboards/organ), the son of legendary R&B singer Aaron Neville of The Neville Brothers.  Montgomery's own Federal Expression will provide direct support, and an opening set from Jeffrey James will kick off the Gumpstock festivities.  

We could not be more pleased to have twelve local business sponsors on board for this event, including: Vintage Year, Filet & Vine, Zaxby's, Guntharp Financial, Capitol Container, Stivers Ford Lincoln, SaZa, Chris' HotdogsSabel Steel, Capital City Club, Law Offices of Matt Alfreds, and American Rental & Tent.

General admission tickets go on sale Friday, March 4th, at 10:00 AM CST.

Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans' best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. 

In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer.  Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (July 30, 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.

Watch Dumpstaphunk perform "People Say" at The Joy Theater in New Orleans on 12.31.14:

Dumpstaphunk: Recent News

- Band recently performed 4 nights on Jam Cruise 14 with special guest performances featuring Oteil Burbridge Trombone Shorty, Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Amy Helm, Cris Jacobs, SteelTown Horns and many more

- Band to release live double disc album early 2016 featuring special guests Art "Poppa Funk" Neville, Mike Gordon, John Popper, John Oates, Lukas Nelson, Angelo Moore, Nicki Bluhm, Natalie Cressman, Brandon "TAZ" Niederauer, Big Chief, Mojo Hanna, Jon Cleary and The Steel Town Horns.

- Ivan Neville featured keyboard player on Keith Richards' Crosseyed Heart album, released Sept 2015

- Ivan Neville toured with Trombone Shorty for his Winter 2015 Tour

- Ivan Neville charity performance with Marty Grebb, Bonnie Raitt and Leon Russell at Agoura Hills, CA - May 2015

- 12th Year Performance at New Orleans Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival - May 2016

- Recent performances at Essence Festival (New Orleans, LA), Camp Barefoot (Bartow, WV), Peach Music Festival (Scranton, PA), Suwannee Hulaween Festival (Live Oak, FL), LEAF Festival (Black Mountain, NC), JamCruise (Miami, FL), Gathering of The Vibes (Bridgeport, CT) Dave Matthews Caravan (Quincy, WA), Caloundra Festival (Brisbane, Australia), Outside Lands Music Festival (San Francisco, CA)

Watch Dumpstaphunk perform "Put It In The Dumpsta" at JazzFest 2012 here:


For more information on Dumpstaphunk, visit the band's official website and Facebook page.