Legendary James Brown Band Will Reunite In Charleston With Special Guests August 3, 2016 11:31
When James Brown passed away on December 25, 2006, he left a void in the entertainment world that will likely never be filled. Over the course of his 50 year recording and performing career, Mr. Brown literally changed the direction of popular music by forging his own path and constantly shattering previously held notions of what was acceptable. In so doing, he created a completely new sound and genre of music called Funk. He also garnered a reputation for having the tightest, most disciplined band in show business. In the 1960s, Mr. Brown released eleven instrumental albums showcasing his dynamic, constantly evolving band. During the 1970s, The JBs, as they were by then known, became a bona fide act in their own right, releasing numerous hit singles and several albums, while still cutting hit after hit backing Mr. Brown. Despite countless personnel and name changes, The James Brown Band continued to serve as a built-in opening act for the Godfather of Soul for the remainder of his career.
The band that accompanied Mr. Brown throughout the 1990s and 2000s distinguished itself as one of the funkiest units he had ever assembled. This is the band that performed with Mr. Brown at many of the biggest shows of his entire career-Woodstock 99, Bonnaroo 2003, Glastonbury 2004, Royal Albert Hall, Budokkan, North Sea Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Buckingham Palace, the Apollo Theater, and even the Kremlin! This is the band featured in the critically acclaimed concert film James Brown Live At The House Of Blues, and the BBC documentary James Brown: Soul Survivor. This is the band that Mr. Brown wished to carry on his music and legacy. There are many James Brown tribute acts and imitators, but this is the Real James Brown Band.
Watch the official promo video for this event here:
Following the success of The James Brown Birthday Bash on May 3 in Augusta, Georgia, the hometown of the Godfather of Soul, event organizers Friends With Benefits Productions have partnered with Brightsound Entertainment to bring the show to Charleston for one very special evening. Bassist George Porter Jr., founding member of New Orleans Funk pioneers The Meters, will join thirteen members of The James Brown Band including Fred Wesley of The JBs. Also from New Orleans, icon Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk will lend his expertise on the keys. It’s difficult for any one person to fill James Brown’s shoes as a front man; therefore, this concert will have several. Vocalist Brent Carter of Tower of Power & Average White Band is set to perform alongside Elise Testone of American Idol fame and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rob of Nasty Delicious. Local talents Quiana Parler and Mike Quinn will round out the billing!
An additional $2 for each ticket will go to benefit The James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), a nonprofit organization run by James Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown Thomas, and James Brown Band lead guitarist and music director Keith Jenkins. JAMP works to fulfill the wishes of the Godfather of Soul by furthering music education in Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.
Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Jam with George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and Zigaboo at Jazz Fest April 26, 2016 09:36
The 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off in in strong fashion over the weekend, with performances from the likes of Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Grace Potter, Gov't Mule, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Galactic, Anders Osborne, and so many more. One performance in particular that caught our attention was the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the Acura Stage late in the afternoon on Sunday. After nearly two hours of RHCP's greatest hits, bassist Flea invited New Orleans funk legends George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and Zigaboo Modeliste on stage for one final song, "Give It Away". Another perfect example of something that will only happen at one event: JazzFest.
Jazz Fest is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term "Jazz Fest" can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends. JazzFest continues throughout this week/weekend, and a full schedule of events and performances can be found by clicking here.
Watch RHCP perform "Give It Away" with George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and Zigaboo Modeliste at Jazz Fest here:
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James Brown Birthday Bash Confirms Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville + More on May 3rd April 14, 2016 00:04
Where: Augusta Common in Downtown Augusta (Broad St between 8th & 9th)
May 3rd is the birthday of The Godfather of Soul. Friends With Benefits, the same company that brought The Major Rager to town during Masters Tournament week, is working in conjunction with the City of Augusta and The James Brown Family Foundation for an unforgettable concert experience honoring the life, legacy and music of James Brown. The show will benefit the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), whose mission is to further music education for Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.
JAMP is run by James Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, and his music director / lead guitarist, Keith Jenkins. The talented youngsters from JAMP Masters will open the night on May 3rd followed by Augusta's favorite hometown musical act Funk You.
Keith Jenkins has assembled the band for the James Brown Family Birthday Bash comprised of 13 former members of the James Brown Band. Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester are confirmed special guests. This event will be open to all ages. Children under 12 are free. Concessions will be served on site. No re-entry, no weapons, no pets, no outside food or drink. Blankets and chairs are permitted. Gates are at 5PM.
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
JAMP Masters: 6:00 PM
Funk You: 7:15 PM
Live & Listen's Gumpstock to feature Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk on April 8th March 1, 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' Hotdogs, Sabel 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: