Music Scene: Dumpstaphunk, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Lucero


Ivan Neville was practically destined to be a musician. He’s the son of Aaron Neville, nephew to Art, Charles and Cyril of the Neville Brothers, a bloodline that carries with it as many pounds of comparison and skepticism as it does privilege and courtesy.

And one that has, in many ways, both helped and hurt Ivan Neville in establishing himself as an artist apart from his family of greats.

After years of playing with the Neville Brothers and the New Orleans Social Club, the younger Neville braved the waters on his own by forming the quintet known as Dumpstaphunk, itself an amalgam of funk, jazz, rock, gospel and blues, but also a creative endeavor that earned him a wealth of praise and respect from critics, players and audiences across several genres and countries.

For the band’s latest album, 2013’s “Dirty Word,” Neville brought in the incomparable, Treme, La.-born Trombone Shorty (Lenny Kravitz, Orleans Avenue), Ani DiFranco, Flea, Rebirth Brass Band, the Grooveline Horns, Art Neville and others to help hold down the album’s revivalist complexion while still advancing the genre-melding tone.

Dumpstaphunk will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Laura Reed.

Tickets are $20 and are available online at or at the door.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.

It was a slow start for Drew Holcomb, the indie artist who rose above the Americana masses by surviving six years, four albums and thousands of tour miles without ever placing on the commercial charts.

He took the time to cultivate his sound, refine his voice and his songwriting, experience for himself the story he was trying to tell, and then, with a larger label behind him, he caught a break on his fifth studio effort, “Chasing Someday.” The album shot to No. 3 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart, climbing to No. 8 on the U.S. Folk chart and ultimately reached No. 183 on the Top 200.

His next studio release, “Good Light,” made the No. 84 spot on the Top 200 and his latest, “Medicine,” has already jumped to the No. 47 slot on the charts within its first few weeks of sales.

But his success is not owed entirely to his albums, mostly a mix of Americana and melodic alt-rock.

Also in the equation are his tireless touring and entrancing live performances, a majority of which is spent with his band, The Neighbors, featuring his vocalist and guitarist wife, Ellie. The East Nashville, Tenn.-based band has achieved widening exposure over the years following tours with Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, The Avett Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Earl Keen and others.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors will perform Friday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with Angeleena Presley. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, and are available at the Music Hall box office, online at or by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

Go to or call 853-2252 for more information.

On the surface, punk and country seem like an unlikely pairing, two genres at opposite ends with mounds of differences between them. But with a little authenticity and respect to both genres, the result can be a perfect match as both wave flags for the common people and come slathered in rebellious odes to the malcontent.

Such is the case for Lucero, the Memphis-based quintet now entering its 17th year of success flying below the radar. Lucero merges the heartache and earnestness of classic country with the restlessness and agnosticism of punk, evoking in the process a convincing honesty.

Lucero will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Ryan Bingham and Twin Forks. Tickets are $25-$28 and are available online at Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Call 577-6989 or go to for more information.