By on August 20, 2014

Nasty phunk in the Commons


Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Drawing on mastery of all of the tools that make funk music what it is, Dumpstaphunk is a self-assured, borderline supergroup that is at least supercharged. The term supergroup has been worn to dilution when considering some past projects, though Dumpstaphunk does not fall into the disappointing side of putting a batch of seasoned players together.

The musically pedigreed quintet includes Ivan and Ian Neville, the sons of Aaron and Art Neville respectively. Ivan has performed with a slew of stars including Rufus and Keith Richards, while Ian cut his teeth in the Neville Brothers Band. D-phunk drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie backed Beyonce in the early years, while the double-bass player attack (yes, two basses!) of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III bring plenty of soul while adding plenty of junk to the trunk. The bottom line is this: the idea of a heavy, pulsing Dumpsta comes through loud and clear in the beats and grooves—realized from generations of the Neville spirit.

For the 2013 album Dirty Word, the spontaneous live band was joined by studio guests Trombone Shorty, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ani Difranco, and Art Neville, among others. The outcome was a modern edge to the vintage funk of Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic, a style that has spread its wings beyond New Orleans while incorporating its undercurrents – gospel, blues, second-line and straight up rock.

“We just hope to spread the good word through funk,” said Glaspie. “If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we’re doing what we set out to do.”

Concert on the Commons with Dumpstaphunk and Black Mother Jones (featured below), 5 p.m. on Sunday outside in Teton Village Commons. Free, all-ages.

Jazz on the Green


Pam Drews Phillips

For those in search of a laidback family vibe with quality local jazz in an outdoor setting, pull up to Jazz on the Green featuring pianist/vocalist Pam Drews Phillips along with vocalist Nicole Madison and Friends.

Nicole Madison

Nicole Madison

Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic, or buy dinner from Cafe Genevieve’s food truck.

Jazz on the Green with Pam Phillips, Nicole Madison and Friends, 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday on the lawn of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Free, all-ages.

The Hole’s Black Mother

Black Mother Jones

Black Mother Jones

Tenaciously distorted, energetic and rockin’ the roll, local quartet Black Mother Jones isn’t scared to also dip a heavy foot into modern garage-y terrain, even hip-hop. The band has flown under the radar for much of the summer, unshackling from the woodshed for this August run of shows, which included an opening slot at last week’s final Music on Main, another great support slot this week at Concert on the Commons this Sunday with Dumpstaphunk, as well as the band’s lone headlining show of the summer – a collaborative public party with Cycle Greater Yellowstone at the Mangy Moose this Saturday.

“Taylor [Upton] and I are continuing to write and hone more refined songs and arrangements which we can’t wait to bring life into over the next year,” said lead guitarist/harmony singer Leif Routman. “We really are a band that loves to improvise, and that shines in our live setting. We also include a huge variety of covers from genres like hip-hop to 80s metal to jazz-fusion, not to mention trying out new unrecorded originals. And we like to make people dance!”

BMJ released its studio debut in 2013, Prepared for Nasty Weather, which was voted Best Original Album by Planet Jackson Hole readers.

Black Mother Jones, 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $5. 

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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