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Dumpstaphunk debuts in Colo.

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news

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BRECKENRIDGE – The “Cold as Funk” tour, including a date in Breckenridge Monday at Sherpa and Yeti’s, marks Ivan Neville’s Dumpstuphunk’s first time performing in Colorado. If you didn’t catch them at 8150 in Vail Friday night, not to worry, they’ll be close by until Wednesday.On the band’s agenda: Saturday: Telluride, Telluride Conference CenterSunday: Aspen, Belly UpMonday: Breckenridge, Sherpa & Yeti’sTuesday: Denver, Cervantes BallroomWednesday: Crested Butte, Rafters/Crested Butte Conference Center.Ivan Neville and his band, which includes Tony Hall, Nick Daniels, Ian Neville and Raymond Weber, have a new source of inspiration to bring on the funk – Hurricane Katrina.”We all, you know, have been affected on many different levels; everyone in the band is displaced, uprooted. It’s just incentive for us to strive harder, to keep this music alive and do what we do,” Neville said.”It’s in my heart and soul – that the way I keep the New Orleans I know alive is to keep the sound alive. It’s a drastically different place than it was seven months ago,” he said.Neville said he has not been back to his hometown of New Orleans since the devastating storm, but some of his band members had.Ian Neville, Ivan’s first cousin and guitarist, went back shortly after Katrina happened to a deserted town. The uptown section of New Orleans where he grew up was one of the only areas not under water, he said. It was not the New Orleans Ian Neville remembered.”It’s a new concept. I can’t go back to where I grew up. Most of us (in the band) grew up there,” he said.Ian Neville said of the music scene pre-hurricane in New Orleans, “The whole vibe was such and such playing here – different places you could see people jamming, doing their thing. The places are still there, but the musicians are not.”He said the displaced musicians from the Big Easy were playing elsewhere.”It’s good for people (in areas outside the devastation) – others get a taste of it.”Dumpstaphunk recently has played benefits for hurricane relief. The Voodoo Festival – scheduled for New Orleans and subsequently relocated to Memphis due to area conditions – and the Down on the Farm Festival. The latter was in Quincy, Fla., where the band jammed with Gov’t Mule.They are now ready for the task at hand – a tour of Colorado.”We’ve come to spread the Dumpstaphunk in the mountains,” Ivan Neville said.Of the six shows in six nights in Colorado, Ivan Neville said they’ll be playing some originals, some stuff from his records and lot of obscure cover songs that the band has made its own.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 669-3998, ext. 13622, or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.