Once a year we say goodbye to the past year and welcome the next, and on Thursday, December 31st Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and Papa Grows Funk will bring in the New Year! Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, which started as a side project in 2003 has become regarded as the future of New Orleans funk. With a direct lineage to The Meters and The Neville Brothers, combined with members who have shared the stage with Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio, Etta James and Harry Connick Jr. (just to name a few), Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre. Dumpstaphunk is a unique music moster which has grown from the grooves of Ivan Neville (vocals, organ), Tony Hall (bass, guitar, vocals), Nick Daniels (bass, vocals), Ian Neville (guitar), and Raymond Weber (drums, vocals). Also performing New Year's Eve, another of New Orleans funk favorite, Papa Grows Funk! The all-star lineup features New Orleans' finest musicians and funkiest characters, all of whom have deep roots in New Orleans music. Anchored around the slinky Hammond B3 grooves of band leader John Gros (George Porter, Jr. and Runnin' Pardners) is internationally renowned June Yamagishi (Wild Magnolias) on guitar, Marc Pero (Smilin’ Myron) on bass, Jason Mingledorff (Galactic) on saxophone and Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander (Jon Cleary). Whether you're an optimist that wants to stay up until midnight to see the New Year in or a pessimist that wants to make sure the old year leaves, come down to The Howlin' Wolf to phunk it out!
When: December 31, 2009
Where: The Howlin' Wolf
907 South Peters
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tickets: $70 (admission includes open premium bar & food)