Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
The Neville Family is considered by many to be one of the most gifted musical and creative families in America. Ivan Neville began absorbing the musical attitudes of his family at birth. Ivan learned to play keyboards, guitar, bass and drums and in his teens started playing with his farther, Aaron, and his uncles Art, Charles and Cyril in the Neville Brothers band.
Today, as Ivan continues his role as a Neville Brother, he leads his own band. Dumpstaphunk. And funk it is.
Russell Batiste and friends
As a member of one of N’awlins legendary musical families, Russell Batiste Jr. knows his way around a sound stage. He’s played multiple instruments, and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. Even before that, Russell recalls watching his daddy, David Batiste (of the city’s seminal funk band David Batiste and the Gladiators), jam with an endless array of the city’s most talented musicians. That band hosted a virtual “Who’s Who” of ’60s musicians. One of Russell’s earliest memories is sitting on Jackie Wilson’s knee listening to him sing “Lonely Teardrops”!
Russell joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and, has played with a wide variety of performers, including Harry Connick Jr., Champion Jack DuPree, Robbie Robertson, and Maceo Parker.
Russell's band play a variety of hit tunes combined with his own compositions. They make a good party band.
Charmaine Neville Band
As the daughter of Neville Brother saxophonist Charles Neville, Chamaine is heir to a rich New Orleans musical legacy but is busy putting her own stamp on this musical heritage.
Charmaine and her band dish out a spicy mix of the best of New Orleans msuci, from the nasties of blues to some V-8-driven R&B. Add a funky rhythm and some jazzy ballads, and you've got youself one heck of a Crescent City gumbo!
Deacon John Moore
Moore grew up in New Orleans' 8th Ward. He plays guitar and is the brother of the Creole scholar Sybil Kein.
He was active on the New Orleans R&B scene since his teens, and became a session man on many hit recordings of the late 1950s and the 1960s, including those by Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and others.
His band the Ivories at New Orleans' Dew Drop Inn attracted an enthusiastic following, sometimes upstaging visiting national acts. While highly regarded locally and by his fellow musicians, lack of hit records under his own name kept him from the national fame achieved by a number of his peers.
In 2000 Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
In 2008, in ceremonies and performance in New Orleans at NOCCA, Deacon John was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Deacon John's Jump Blues are great as a party band. One can't help to jump and jive to the sounds of Deacon John Moore.