Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with Federal Expression
Live in Montgomery, AL – Capital City Club – April 8, 2016
Live & Listen’s First Annual Gumpstock
Friday night in Montgomery, AL served as yet another building block for the city’s local music scene, as Live & Listen held a new event known as “Gumpstock”, featuring New Orleans funk legends Dumpstaphunk, with support from local Montgomery acts, Federal Expression & Jeffrey James. The show was held at the Capital City Club of Montgomery, which is located on the 22nd floor of Montgomery’s tallest building, The RSA Tower. While the venue traditionally holds corporate events and wedding receptions, Friday night proved that the room might be better suited for a good ole fashion dance party. Let’s just say this, there should and will be more great shows in the future at the Capital City Club.
The night began with Local disc jockey Jeffrey James warming up the room with an hour of old school hip hop and funk, setting a rowdy vibe for what was to come. Federal Expression, an 8-piece local supergroup, took the stage shortly thereafter and opened with a rousing take on The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup”. Additional highlights from Fed Ex’s set came in a flawless take on “Have A Cigar” (Pink Floyd), “Roadhouse Blues” (The Doors), “Sledgehammer” (Peter Gabriel), “West LA Fadeaway” (The Grateful Dead), and several tunes from the Phish catalog (“Fluffhead”, “Ya Mar”, “AC/DC Bag”).
The room continued to fill throughout the opening sets, making way for a “red hot” two hour set from Dumpstaphunk. The band’s first ever performance in Alabama’s capital city was certainly one to remember, as Ivan Neville and company laid out many of their fan favorites, such as “Dancin’ To The Truth”, “I Know You Know”, “Meanwhile”, “Blueswave”, “Water”, and “Put It In The Dumpsta”. Additional highlights came in the form of Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama”, Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On”, and an encore featuring a cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song”.
The city of Montgomery and the Live & Listen team were honored to host Dumpstaphunk for this inaugural event, and the band seemed to share in that sentiment. Ivan Neville and Tony Hall even made a stop at 1048 Jazz & Blues Club after the show, where Hall joined members of Federal Expression (Sam Williams, Dave P. Moore, and friends) for a lengthy jam on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. Gumpstock proved to be a beautiful night for live music in Montgomery and looks to become a major annual event in Central Alabama.
Dumpstaphunk :: Montgomery, AL :: 04.08.16
Setlist: Dancin’ To The Truth, I Know You Know > Red Hot Mama, Gas Man, Meanwhile, Do You, Everybody Want Sum, Ramble On, Blues Wave, Water > Put It In The Dumpsta, Justice
Encore: Sing A Simple Song
*Support from Federal Expression & Jeffrey James