By Jim Stanford on July 14, 2011
The free Music on Main concert series continues its run of New Orleans bon temps when Dumpstaphunk performs tonight in Victor City Park, on the heels of Honey Island Swamp Band last week and Anders Osborne next Thursday.
Dumpstaphunk features two of the scions of New Orleans’ first family of funk: Ivan Neville on keys and cousin Ian Neville on guitar. Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit of Jackson will open beginning at 6 p.m. Following the show, Philly’s Phunkestra keeps the groove thumping at the Knotty Pine.
Dumpstaphunk kicks off a Big Easy weekend on the west side of the Tetons, as Ian Neville’s dad, Art “Poppa Funk” Neville, closes out Targhee Fest on Sunday with the Funky Meters, Little Feat and the New Orleans horn ensemble Bonerama. The good times will roll.
The younger Nevilles last performed here in 2007, opening for Matisyahu at a fall Jackson Hole Mountain Festival. The band features two veteran bassists, Tony Hall and Nick Daniels, and a new drummer, Nikkie Glaspie, who recently replaced Raymond Weber. Bandleader Ivan is the son of the gospel brother, Aaron Neville.
Music is sprouting up like wildflowers as summer hits a frenetic pace. Teton Village opens its free concert series Sunday with bluesman John Nemeth. Also on the horizon: New England-grown funk from Lettuce at Teton County Fair on July 29.
On July 21, the Utah promoter who is putting on the Travis Tritt concert in August brings Confederate Railroad to Snow King.
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