La Fete….the Dumpstaphunk

My plan was to get to the festival to catch some of Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, and man am I glad I went early enough to catch the entire set. The proof that not all Zydeco music sounds the same was right there in front of me. With some funk and rootsy blues sounds, Rosie made the stage a place of appreciation and zest that was easy on the eyes, ears and dancing feet. Anytime Rosie and the Playboys come to town near you, make it a point to bring your smile and dancing shoes, cuz you ain’t gonna be able to control your inside urges. But for me, the cumulation of the entire weekend came when Ivan Neville brought out his Dumpstaphunk and kept it downright D.I.R.T.Y. funk and some seriously bona-fide NOLA goodness. Spinning the tunes on the show doesn’t compare to being a part of the sounds and scene Dumpstaphunk creates, withstands and ad-libs with…when they invited about 10 women onto the stage, apparently the crowd lost count and their ended up being about 60 people up there rocking the wavy stage with the FUNK. You can feel your bones dancing inside your skin with some of those nasty beats. Nick Daniels, Ian Neville, Ray Ray Weber, Tony Hall & Ivan Neville together make up a talent pool that on stage works so well together it becomes a fluid Funkenstein monster getting down with the people like the original Funk-Masters. Take in this scene whenever it can be seen, heard and most importantly felt.

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk 2008

Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys 2008

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