At HeadCount, we “Put the Party in Participation.” And there’s no better way to party than with some great New Orleans funk. So we are very proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Magic Hat to stage a four-city tour leading up to the election, featuring Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne. It will culminate on November 5th at the Highline Ballroom in New York City with the Magic Hat HeadCount Participation Party, featuring special guests and lots of surprises.
Produced by NYC-based promoters CEG Presents & Nolafunk in association with the Blue Note Entertainment Group, the tour will hit Baltimore (11/2), Philadelphia (11/3) and Washington, DC (11/4); culminating on November 5th, with the official Magic Hat Participation Party in New York City at the Highline Ballroom. Under the Nolafunk moniker, CEG honors the musical heroes and spirit of New Orleans in New York City all year round, as well as in New Orleans during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest.
The Participation Party and tour is born out of the quadrennial partnership between Magic Hat Brewing Company and HeadCount. It will mark the end of a year-long Participation push that began with Magic Hat fans voting their favorite beer of yesteryear into a Participation Variety Pack. It continued with HeadCount registering voters at close to 1,000 concerts nationwide. And it will reach its apex with this very special concert series.
Anders Osborne, the Swedish-born guitarist and songwriter, left home at 16 to travel nearly every continent before settling in New Orleans, the city that would inspire his work. Since building his new home in 1984, Anders’ music has been swampy blues, country-rock and anything that lies between. Newly sober, his new album ‘Black Eye Galaxy’ (Alligator, 2012) reflects Osborne’s life as a “traveler, musician, an immigrant, a recovering addict, and as a husband and father.” Anders also wrote Tim McGraw’s #1 hit, “Watch the Wind Blow By”.
One of New Orleans most prestigious funk ensembles, Dumpstaphunk was formed in 2003 by keyboardist Ivan Neville and his cousin, guitarist Ian Neville. Rooted in ’70s inner-city funk, the band offers a direct lineage to their fathers in the Meters and the Neville Brothers. (“Ivan’s so good…I play with him!” – Keith Richards.) The band also features the unique double-bass lineup of Nick Daniels and Tony Hall, with (Beyonce’s) drummer Nikki Glaspie. Named by the New York Times as “the best funk band from New Orleans right now,” Dumpstaphunk has earned praise for its first album ‘Everybody Wants Sum’, which includes the Warren Haynes co-write, “Oughta Know Better”, and a cover of the obscure Meter’s song, “Standin’ In Your Stuff”.
Friday, November 2 Baltimore Sound Stage Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 3 The Blockley
Sunday, November 4 The Howard Theatre Washington, DC
Monday, November 5 Highline Ballroom New York, NY