If there's a musical royal family in this country, it's probably the Nevilles of New Orleans. From the Meters to the Neville Brothers to various solo projects by Aaron and other Nevilles, the entire clan has produced tons of satisfying music over the past half-century.
Ivan Neville, Aaron's son, isn't one of the better-known members of the clan, but he's one of the funkiest. His band Dumpstaphunk plays some of the nastiest and most joyous funk this side of George Clinton.
You can hear it for yourself when Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk comes to the Local 662 Club in St. Petersburg on Friday.
Ivan Neville was a member of the Neville Brothers before he formed Dumpstaphunk a decade ago. The band was an immediate hit around New Orleans -- it's been called the best funk band in New Orleans by several publications, inside and outside of Louisiana -- and has gained a following around the country, playing at Bonnaroo and other major festivals.
Dumpstaphunk has been compared favorably to everyone from Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone to the Meters and even James Brown.
The lineup includes Neville on the Hammond B3, his cousin Ian Neville on guitar, drummer Nikki Glaspie and two bass players, Nick Daniels III and Tony Hall.
The Local 662 is great venue to hear bands, with a great atmosphere and even better sound
Details: 7:30 p.m., the Local 662 Club, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $16 advance, $17 day of show. Information: 727-895.3045, www.statetheatreconcerts.com.
-- Marty Clear