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' 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.

Montgomery's DBA To Host 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party On January 30th January 19, 2016 14:30


DBA Montgomery is excited to once again bring authentic New Orleans music with a “crowd favorite” second line to Downtown Montgomery for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party and Cajun Cook Off on Saturday, January 30 from noon – 6 p.m. The block party will take place in the 100 block of Commerce Street in the Downtown Entertainment District and will be free to the public.

The entertainment is being sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Other event sponsors include Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Wetumpka, City of Montgomery, Bama Budweiser, Saza Serious Italian, Dreamland Bar-b-que, Railyard Brewing Co., Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa, and Wintzell's.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Clay McInnis at 334-850-1101 or for more information.

Headlining the event from 2-5 p.m. is New Orleans talent the Free Agents Brass Band.  Known for their motto “We Made It Through That Water,” the group is made up of musicians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have come together to not only perform, but to preserve the authenticity of New Orleans Brass Band music. They are featured on the 2008 Sundance award-winning, Oscar nominated documentary, “Trouble the Water” among other honors. Their music is live and intense with showmanship second to none! Any crowd will thoroughly enjoy the Free Agents and leave musically satisfied and longing for more of that classic New Orleans Second Line.

This year, DBA is adding a Cajun Cook Off and tent decorating tailgate experience to the event. Djcasequarter will get the crowd warmed up before Free Agents Brass Band take the stage. Revelers can enjoy a Cajun cook off with food tastings provided by local restaurants from noon until 2 p.m. Attendees can also bring their friends and decorate their own themed tent. Tasting tickets are $10 each. Tailgating space is $200. Tasting tickets and tailgate sites are limited.

To purchase tickets, click here. A portion of the proceeds will go to Valiant Cross Academy. Attendees are encouraged to visit downtown restaurants and businesses for food and beverage purchases. No outside alcohol is allowed at the event.

Please contact Clay McInnis at 334-850-1101 or for more information.

About the Free Agents Brass Band 

Founded by bass drummer, Ellis Joseph, the Free Agents Brass Band brought together musicians who had been displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and no longer had regular performing jobs with the bands they’d worked with before the storm. “I consider myself a free agent, so that’s where the name came from,” says Joseph. An experienced bass drummer and graduate of St. Augustine High School, Joseph has traveled extensively with various New Orleans Brass Bands.

Check out the Free Agent Brass Band on Facebook!

Tasting Tickets are avialable for purchase at $10 per ticket. To purchase tickets, click here.

About Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association

Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association (DBA) works to promote and encourage the creation and expansion of businesses and professional organizations in the downtown Montgomery area. DBA was organized and incorporated in 2010. DBA has a steadily expanding membership of downtown businesses and professional organizations. The Downtown Business Association of Montgomery, Alabama is an independent, non-profit organization established under the laws of the State of Alabama. Their mission is “To promote the growth and vitality of the downtown Montgomery business community.” For more info on DBA Montgomery visit

About Valiant Cross Academy

Valiant Cross Academy is an all-male private school based on Christian principles with an intentional culture of structure and discipline. The school is located in the heart of downtown Montgomery, Alabama on Dexter Avenue.

FUNKSGIVING: Presented by 360 Salon & Spa - Friday, November 27th - Montgomery, AL September 18, 2015 10:07

We couldn't be more pleased to announce 360 Salon & Spa as the Title Sponsor for our biggest event to date, Funksgiving, featuring Robert Randolph & The Family Band, McLovins, and BYOG on Friday, November 27th at Montgomery's Union Station Train Shed.  This event is a benefit for Parkinson Association of Central Alabama.  Our ability to continue to book these events would not be possible without our local business sponsors.  We cannot stress the importance of local business support enough, and the continued growth in support across the Montgomery community has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.  Any organization interested in becoming a business sponsor or food vendor should contact Live & Listen Sponsorships for our application form.

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Funksgiving: Official Promo Video

360 Salon & Spa: Mission Statement

360 Salon & Spa is committed to helping you look and feel your best, and they believe that healthy hair care is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. In order to achieve the most beautiful and healthy results possible we use some of the best products available in the beauty industry today. A thorough consultation concerning each clients individual needs and desires is conducted before every service, to ensure optimal satisfaction with the outcome of the service provided. All consultations with stylists and colorists are complimentary. 360 is the best hair salon in Montgomery!  Their main goal is to make sure we meet and exceed our clients expectations.

360 also believes that continuing education and practical training of our employees ensures an excellent experience for our clientele. Attending hair shows/conferences, taking classes at nationally recognized academies, participating in show events and keeping up with current trends in art and fashion are integral parts of our growth as beauty professionals.

A hair treatment is a customized service that restores hair balance shine, strength and flexibility. The treatments are revolutionary, long lasting, and nurturing. The treatments help control fine, frizzy, flyaway hair as well as coarse, curly and rebellious hair.  360’s comfortable, relaxed atmosphere is designed to make our clients feel great and look fabulous.

360 has assembled a team of passionate and dedicated professionals to bring you the best Salon in Montgomery, which specializes in highlights, low-lights, haircuts, hair color, color correction, keratin hair treatments & more!



360 Salon & Space - Phone & Address


2524 Bell Road - Montgomery, AL - 36117


360 Salon & Spa: Hours of Operation

Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm  (Only open the 2nd Saturday of every month)




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    Watch Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Live on The Late Show w/ David Letterman

    Funksgiving 2015: Featuring Robert Randolph & The Family Band, McLovins, & BYOG July 21, 2015 11:17

    We are pleased to announce that Funksgiving 2015 will feature Robert Randolph & The Family Band, McLovins, & BYOG.  We have been working on this show for quite some time and could not be more excited to share this news.  This year's event will take place at the Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, AL on Friday, November 27th.  This will be a benefit for Parkinson's Association of Central Alabama.  Both VIP and General Admission tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 7th.

    CukoRakko Pre-Party Featuring Sidewalk Chalk & Jeffrey James - Montgomery - Thurs 4/23 April 22, 2015 11:52

    The Saza Serious Sound Series is bringing CukoRakko to Montgomery on Thursday night!  CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival is a dynamic family event at historic Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL, just north of Birmingham, the first week in May and first week in October.

    CukoRakko will be hosting their first ever Montgomery Outreach Pre-Party with Ropeadope Records artists, Sidewalk Chalk, from Chicago. You don't want to miss this powerful night of music and art.  Check out some of their latest videos below.  There will also be visual art on display from Abstract Mafia and other artists and activities to be announced, as well as our friend DJ Jeffrey James before and after the band.

    Come enjoy The Sanctuary, Montgomery's newest music and arts venue in the Capitol's oldest neighborhood, Historic Cottage Hills. Join us in learning more about this great venue, neighborhood, band, and festival.

    Visit Helicity Montgomery to learn more about the growing cultural movement in the capitol city.



    (Sidewalk Chalk - "Blue" - From their latest release, Shoulder Season)

    SIDEWALK CHALK (Chicago, IL)

    With the release of its sophomore album, Leaves, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.

    In contrast to the 2012 debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into a grittier space and capitalizing on a subtle approach that is at times hauntingly beautiful. Leaves represents change, both the loss of something dear and the excitement of exploring something new. “The album is about growth, growing pains, and letting go of the past if need be,” states MC Rico Sisney. Vocalist Maggie Vagle adds, “It’s also about unfolding into a new color. Shedding to shine brighter."

    (Sidewalk Chalk - "Get It Right" - From their latest release, Shoulder Season)

    Sidewalk Chalk has created a live show that captivates a variety of audiences. The group has already shared stages with Questlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other notables. Individually, band members have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli. Sidewalk Chalk was named "Most Outstanding Group" at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and its MC represented Chicago at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

    Sidewalk Chalk is: Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Garrett McGinn (Bass), Tyler Berg (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone).

    (Sidewalk Chalk - "Vibrations" - From their latest release, Shoulder Season)


    MADE Paper Presents: Hankfest 2015 April 21, 2015 11:14

    MADE Paper is excited to announce Hankfest 2015! Join us in the A&P Courtyard in Montgomery, AL on May 2nd from 7-11 p.m.for a celebration of Southern Music with a touch of Hank. Musical acts include Dead FingersDaniel Elias + Exotic DangersCaptain Kudzuand Hank Sr All Stars!  Tickets on sale now for $10 at Tickets will be $20 at the door. Special discount given at the door to those who have their Fitzgerald Gala ticket and Southern Makers wristbands!