Concert will have heavy New Orleans flavor


Ivan Neville is carrying on a family musical tradition.

“We are the torchbearers of the New Orleans funk,” Ivan said.

Ivan is the son of Aaron Neville. He is joined in Dumpstaphunk by his cousin, Ian, who is the son of the late Art Neville. Aaron and Art were members of The Neville Brothers, along with siblings Charles and Cyril. Ivan also was a past member of his father’s rhythm and blues-soul-funk group.

Ivan, a keyboardist, formed Dumpstaphunk in 2003.

Dumpstaphunk will perform its “Take Me to the River NOLA Live!” concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The special guests will be George Porter Jr. with his group and Jon Cleary.

“George Porter is a founding member of the group, The Meters, which is one of the most influential funk groups ever, especially out of New Orleans,” Ivan said. “Jon Cleary’s style is reminiscent of some of the great New Orleans piano players. He’ll be doing a portion as well. There might be a collaborative portion as well, I’m not sure.”

Ivan said the tour includes groups that will appear in the “Take Me to the River: New Orleans” documentary. It is the second film in the documentary series. The documentary will be available on streaming platforms Jan. 20, 2023.

“The film has a bunch of collaborations with New Orleans artists and other artists from different genres,” Ivan said. “We did many representations of New Orleans classic songs. This performance will represent that documentary.”

Ivan said Dumpstaphunk will perform songs from its album “Where Do We Go From Here,” which was released in 2021.

“There are a couple guys from Dumpstaphunk who played with the Neville Brothers over the years,” Ivan said.

Dumpstaphunk appeared at the ALL IN Music Festival in Indianapolis during Labor Day weekend, but Ivan said this will be the band’s first time at the Palladium.

“We enjoy getting to play this music anytime and anywhere,” Ivan said. “It’s absolutely a treat to bring it to people who may or may not have ever seen this stuff performed live. It’s an honor to get to do that,”

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