The wild eyed guitar and bass antics of Hall don’t obscure his impressive skill on whatever stringed instrument rests in his hands. His back and forth eye contact with the man on the marque, and the keys, Ivan Neville, had the element of a soldier and a general, setting the plan of attack. Neville makes playing the organ look like a dance, as if each keystroke is an extension of a connection to a higher groove that he is trying to share. Whether he was entertaining the crowd with tales of their day of travel or extorting them to sing along as Dumpstaphunk shook the rafters, Ivan Neville gives the same full-tilt commitment to the moment, and it’s invigorating to see.For nearly two hours, Dumpstaphunk laid down slabs of pulsating funk that seemed to subsume the room and made the people marionettes in the hands of musical masters. Guitarist Ian Neville continues to carve out more lead time in the mix, with several blistering leads and slinky rhythm lines that drew appreciative cheers from the packed house. When the last notes faded, an appreciative and somewhat bewildered audience greeted the band’s outstretched arms with an uproarious cheer, showing their appreciation for the mind warping display they had just undergone.The night’s festivities kicked off with Joytribe, a funk & soul collective based out of the Rose City. Led by sax player Chelsea Luker, the band was trying out some additional players, and the thick sound made a serious impact on the early arriving crowd. With show-stopping turns on the mic singing and playing Luker grabbed the listeners attention, but the funky vibe of the band kept them riveted. Their set was very well received, and it appears an answer was given to the band’s musical question of whether adding a few more hands was a good idea or not.It will be fun to see what the future brings for Joytribe! Dumpstaphunk is touring the Pacific Northwest, acting as funk ambassadors and making it their mission to bring the get down vibe to the people who need it, wherever they may be. Their noble quest brought them the Star Theater in Portland, OR on a clear Thursday night, which they filled with waves of bass, organ and slinky guitar that swept away everyone like a groove tsunami.There’s no adherence to the age old wisdom “Too much of a good thing” when it comes to Dumpstaphunk, as the trance dancing audience was delighted to hear. Nick Daniels possesses one of the deepest, sweetest bass tones of any living player that strikes listeners at their centers and takes hold. Over the course of the set, he ranged from precise to sludge-thick, while sharing lead vocal duties in a powerful falsetto. As always with Dumpstaphunk, if one is good then two must be better, and Daniels was joined in the deep end by multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County ChamberRecognizing the increasing complexity of public policy and the impacts of policy decisions on Thurston County, the Thurston County Chamber is devoting resources to launch a new public policy division. Doug Mah of Doug Mah & Associates will be retained to lead this division beginning Oct. 1, 2016.“We believe that coordinated and collaborative public policy initiatives help create a more vibrant community. Engagement in public policy issues on behalf of individual members and organizations is at the core of the Chamber’s mission,” said David Schaffert, Thurston Chamber President/CEO.Doug MahFor over a decade, the Chamber has worked as a partner alongside local government, assisting in obtaining state and federal resources for regional projects. The Chamber’s Public Policy team will strengthen this ability to assist community partners. The team will coordinate the Shared Legislative Partnership, organize community resources and experts, and work with the entire Thurston County Legislative Delegation.The team will also continue work on other public policy developments facing our region including land-use, permitting and regulatory issues.In addition to Mah, the team will include legal counsel and a public relations expert to sharpen and focus the Chamber’s engagement. Mah is a past Mayor of the City of Olympia, Washington (2008-2011) and served on the city council between 2001 and 2011. As a management and public affairs consultant with over 20 years of experience, Mah focuses on eliminating communication barriers, identifying emerging opportunities, and building strategic partnerships in the areas of technology, real estate, infrastructure and resource allocations. About the Thurston County Chamber: The Thurston County Chamber is growing a prosperous economy and vibrant community by connecting people, ideas and resources. Our engagement in regional planning, education, workforce development, community infrastructure, and environmental stewardship are integral components of the Chamber’s mission