Dumpstaphunk Finds The Groove At The End Of The Oregon Trail [Review]

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Send a valentine from the Harvard Library

first_imgHarvard Library is offering an environmental way to let your favorite people know you care on this Valentine’s Day. Simply click on the link provided, choose a card, write your greeting, and send it via email. The cards range from a 19th-century hand-drawn valentine card from Houghton Library to an image from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium at Houghton Library. Even Harvard’s Map Collection can find its way into someone’s heart. So click, write, and send.last_img