Dumpstaphunk Puts It Down At Brooklyn Bowl, 11/23/13

359776cc554711e39d0012e228931a73_7The room buzzed with anticipation as Ivan, Nikki, Nick, Ian and Tony entered the stage this past Saturday evening, matching their audience’s enthusiasm with an expression of confidence that simply said, “Get ready.”

Dumpstaphunk never disappoints, but this show really took it to another level, mirroring the skill and versatility present on their most recent album, “Dirty Word.” In fact, most of the set list came from this latest venture, providing us with a mix of everything from bluegrass to hip hop to jazz, all layered atop an undeniably funky base. Dumpstaphunk’s style is fearless, gritty and phunky, but hardly deserves to be confined to a genre. Their freedom of expression on this latest album just further proves them to be one of the greatest modern day New Orleans funk acts.

Opening with the first track off the new album, “Dancin’ To The Truth,” Ivan and the gang set an upbeat, raging tone to be flawlessly maintained throughout the two hour set. Tony Hall was really the star on this one, wilin’ out on bass with maximum energy.

The vibe was kept up and raging with an older track, “Everybody Want Sum,” which was enjoyable to old and new phunksters alike.

A highlight of the evening was a sick hip-hop medley that they had debuted at their last Brooklyn Bowl performance. As soon as I heard the first chords to Ludacris’s  “Moneymaker,” I knew we were in for a treat. From there, they seamlessly segued into Jay Z’s “PSA,” Q Tip’s “Vivrant Thing,” and Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Nikki’s drumming stole the show during this crazy, high-energy segment.

Another memorable song was “Water,” also off the new album. It was powerful and deep, before spiraling out into a super lengthy, funky jam, largely propelled by the decadent wails of Hall’s bass.

To close out strong, Shmeeans (Lettuce guitarist Adam Smirnoff) jumped on stage to supersize their most widely recognized jam, “Put It In The Dumpsta.” The room seemed to be in shock that things could have gotten ANY better. But indeed, they had, and the wizards of Phunk continued to cast their spell, commanding us to shake out our demons and dance our faces off. Check out a small sampling from that spot-on finale below.

By the way, tune in to “Funksgiving” on Sirius XM Jam On (channel 29) tomorrow (11/28) through the weekend, when Dumpstaphunk and Eric Krasno will guest DJ to help dish out some funky tunes. Here’s that funktastic schedule:

Eric Krasno’s Feel Radio (EST):

Thurs @ Noon
Fri @ 5pm
Sat @ 10am
Sun @ 9pm

Dumpstaphunk Guest DJ (EST):

Thurs @ 6pm
Fri @ Noon
Sat @ 9pm
Sun @ 2pm

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